Mar
1
2012

Latex Care Guide

This latex care guide was created to help buyers of our latex garments on our retail website but the tips apply to all items made from rubber latex.

We recently received an email from an unhappy customer letting us know that the latex catsuit she received was a dull, rubber looking material and that it wasn’t anything like the outfit in the picture on the product page. In order for us to properly inform our buyers we’ve decided to create this latex care guide to ensure that you’re all properly informed before buying latex clothing.

 

Girl wearing a black latex catsuit

 

So without further ado here’s our latex care guide for beginners starting out and a reference guide for everyone going forward.

 

Latex Care for Beginners

First and foremost latex is a dull material naturally. In order for you to achieve the shiny look we’re all familiar with it needs to be treated. There are a number of options for you to choose from when you start to shine your latex with some more beneficial to the garment for long term latex care.

This is a latex care guide for how to put your outfit or leggings on and how to shine it up. The video is made by Honour clothing.

 

 

A guide to shining your clothing up using vivishine, which we sadly don’t sell.

 

 

Ongoing Latex Care

Now that you’ve shined your outfit up and used it you need to make sure that you wash it properly and store it correctly.

Here’s a great video demonstrating how to powder and store your latex clothing.

 

 

In short it’s essential that you wash your latex outfit after every wear.

  1. Wash it in a bowl of warm (not boiling) water with a couple of drops of baby shampoo mixed in. Swirl your garment around in the water and carefully run your fingers over marked areas to remove talcum powder or sweat residue.
  2. Once you’ve finished empty the bowl and refill it with clean, fresh water and again give it a wash to remove any shampoo. Again remove the garment from the water and hang it up on a plastic or wooden coat hanger. Latex Care Option – Some people prefer to place their outfit in another bowl of clean water with a few drops of silicone oil, which makes the garment shine more easily then next time you wear it.
  3. Leave it to dry in a cool, dark place. It’s best to turn it inside out once the outside is dry to ensure the inside has thoroughly dried also.
  4. Once your piece of clothing is dry you might want to cover it in a small amount of talcum power, fold it and place it in your wardrobe inside a clothing bag. You could also hang it up, but always put it inside a clothing bag to avoid damaging the material against your other clothes.

Incorrect latex care can shorten the life of your outfit dramatically, so please pay attention to the following important points:

  • DO NOT use baby oil to shine your latex! Polishing up your latex with oils like this will destroy the material. Only use silicone based spray or oils when you treat your clothing.
  • DO NOT store your outfit in direct sunlight. Always put it away in a cool dark place to prevent discolouration.
  • DO NOT wear your garment and leave it unwashed. Good latex care includes washing your outfit after every wear.

Latex Care Checklist

What to avoid:

  • Sweat
  • Nicotine
  • Metal
  • Water
  • Sunlight
  • Heat
  • Household Oils, Greases and Solvents

Other Latex Care Videos

Check out the following useful videos that will almost certainly benefit your short and long term latex care. We take no credit for any of the videos but think they’re really useful for beginners.

This is a terrific video from rubberist Serula looking at stain removal.

 

 

Here’s a video from a Lara Croft latex shoot, which shows a studio aid shining up a latex catsuit.

 

 

If you’ve got any other tips for latex care please feel free to add them to the comments section below.

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About the Author: David Hayler

The owner of Otley Run Fancy Dress and a fancy dress guru. He's also an amateur photographer who has experience with cosplay and costume photography.

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