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Latex Care

Latex is a bit like leather in that it needs a bit of special care and attention, but if you follow a few simple rules it should last you many years. 

Getting dressed and undressed

Latex, although very stretchy, can be quite delicate, especially if you have a garment that is particularly thin.

When getting dressed make sure that you don't pull too hard on any part of the garment. Most garments are reasonably strong, although if you pull hard enough you can tear your new garment.

It's also important to keep finger nails away from your new latex garment, as these can also tear the material.

Wearing it

Once you've got your new garment on, there are a few things worth noting.

Smoking can stain your garment so if you're a smoker make sure you wash your hands before you touch your garment. A hot butt could also melt your garment.

Sunlight slowly damages latex and causes discolouration. It's fine to wear your latex in the sun, but try to minimise the amount of time that you're out there.

Latex melts, so be careful of hot things like radiators.

Metal objects, especially those containing copper can stain your garment, so choose your jewellery carefully. Money can also stain, so keep this in your purse.

Oils and solvents can really damage your latex garments, so no repairing your car while dressed!

After wear care

As latex is sensitive to oils and as sweat contains oil it's important to wash your garment within a few days of wearing it. This is best done by hand with mild soapy water. Once it's washed and rinsed you can dry it with a towel and then hang to dry completely. If you've left your garment wet for a while you might notice some discolouration from where the latex has absorbed some water, but this should disappear once you've hung it out to dry.

If you have untreated latex it's also good to apply a small amount of lube or talc to the inside to stop it sticking together between wears.


All latex clothes should be stored in a dark place like a wardrobe to make sure that they last as long as is possible. A clothes cover for garments on a hanger works well to ensure this too.

A thick white plastic hanger is the best option for hanging latex clothes as wooden hangers contain oil, and latex can crease over time so a thicker hanger helps spread the weight of the garment. Metal hangers are obviously a no-go.

Some latex clothes can't be hung so try and lay gently to avoid creasing. You can't iron latex, so it's best to avoid the creases in the first place.

If you have both light and dark latex clothes it's best to make sure these aren't touching while stored as the lighter garments can absorb some of the colour from the darker garments over time and stain.

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