Beginner's Guide To Latex Care
Fed up of lacklustre latex? Tired of glossing over the issue when it comes to caring for your fetish wear? Then you’re in luck, UberKinky companions!
This Beginner’s Guide to Latex Care is packed full of essential tips and gratifying guidance for looking after your latex. So, whether you’re a deviant Dominant that really wants to make your mark (just not on your latex), a fervent fetishist that loves the feel of latex caressing your sensitive skin, or you adore the supreme sex appeal that it has to offer, follow the simple advice contained within this guide and life need never be dull again!
Prevention is better than cure folks, so it’s important to do everything you can to preserve your latex fetish wear! Before getting into your garment, make sure you’ve trimmed your nails. Your fingers can leave permanent marks on latex and nails could even rip or tear the clothing. To make doubly sure that this doesn’t happen, you may wish to wear a pair of cotton gloves. In addition, we recommend that you remove all jewellery, because this can catch on the latex and damage it.
Steer clear of any kind of oil, as this will degrade latex. That includes oil-based lubricant for shining or dressing aid purposes. Only use silicone or water-based products for this reason. It’s important to remember that latex is a natural product, so water and high humidity will rot it. You must, therefore, thoroughly dry your fetish wear after washing. Now, you may think latex is HOT, but, when it comes to the literal sense of the word, it certainly shouldn’t be! Indeed, extreme heat will melt latex, so make sure it is kept away from radiators, candles and the like. Don’t expose your fetish wear to direct sunlight either, this will cause discolouration and rapid deterioration of your favourite outfit.
Following us so far? Think caring for your latex is no sweat? Well, wearing it is another story. It’s only natural to sweat whilst wearing latex. Sadly, over time this will damage your fetish wear, unless, of course, it is looked after correctly. That means washing after each and every time it is worn. Certain things may stain your latex too. Heads up, smokers; nicotine is the worst culprit for this. So, if you can’t resist the odd fag, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly between each one. Metal also stains latex, including money, so if you like to flash the cash, be careful! Finally, we recommend that you do not store different coloured latex fetish wear together. Transparent and lightly coloured garments will stain and discolour if stored alongside darker coloured items.
Now, follow these simple Dos and Don’ts and your latex clothing will never be left looking worse for wear!
- Keep latex fetish wear away from heat sources (radiators, fires, candles etc.)
- Avoid metals as they will stain your latex clothing
- Wash hands thoroughly in between cigarettes if you are a smoker
- Trim fingernails before putting on your fetish wear
- Avoid oil based products when wearing latex clothing
- Remove all jewellery when putting on your latex wear
- Ensure clothing is completely dry before storage
- Use a soft, microfibre cloth to polish your latex
- Use household polish to shine up your latex
- Store clothing in damp spaces
- Expose fetish wear to direct sunlight or fluorescent lighting
- Store different coloured latex wear together (we recommend using a garment bag)
- Wring out your clothing – give it a gentle shake to get rid of excess water
- Tumble dry, iron or dry clean garments
- Allow cloth to dry out or rub too hard when polishing – this could scratch the surface
Is squeezing into your favourite latex clothing becoming a chore that has your patience wearing thin? Well, when done correctly, it shouldn’t be a chore at all! Before slipping into your fetish wear, it’s important to lube up your latex, and yourself. This can either be done with a specially designed latex dressing aid, or by using a silicone-based lubricant/water-based lubricant. Far from boring, this activity alone can be extremely sensual. Enabling you to slide in and out of your latex with ease, it also enhances how it feels against your soft skin. Only a small amount will do, and you may opt for a powder product rather than liquid/lube for overhead garments. We recommend that you stand on a towel when putting on your latex, as lube/dressing aid may collect on the floor and become very slippery.
Now, we know you’re excited, but you can’t rush perfection! It’s important to take care when you pull on your latex. Failure to do so could result in permanent finger marks and even rips in your rubber! Using your whole hand, rather than just the fingers, will reduce the risk of permanent marks or tears. We recommend employing the ‘push and shift’ technique where possible. This involves placing the hands inside the garment and pushing the latex outwards. After this, simply lift it up your body.
It’s true that latex looks hot but, temperature-wise, it acclimatises to the surrounding environment. That means if you are outside in a chilly breeze, the latex will feel cool against the skin, while inside a hot nightclub it will feel much warmer. However, because latex is not a breathable fabric, sweating is inevitable. Although this may seem like a negative, it can in fact make it more comfortable and sensual to wear.
So, you’ll be wearing your fabulous fetish wear AND a salacious smile in no time!
Here at UberKinky, we’re awash with handy tips to help you care for your latex! So, in order to keep your latex fetish wear in tip top condition, we advise you to wash it after each time it is worn. This will remove any dirt, as well as sweat and odour. Over time, sweat degrades latex, which is why it’s important to wash it regularly. We recommend using a specially designed formula, such as BeGloss Special Wash for Latex 250ml, to really nourish your fetish wear. Alternatively, you can dilute a small amount of soft soap, or one or two capfuls of mild/baby shampoo with lukewarm water to thoroughly clean your latex. We find that the bath is the easiest place to do this, but make sure you give it a good rinse and clean afterwards so that it’s not incredibly slippery next time you get in!
Never scrub your clothing; use a soft cloth to carefully wipe the inside and outside of the outfit with your bespoke bath water, and then rinse completely with warm water. After this, you may wish to soak your garment in a specially formulated dilutable polish, such as BeGloss Perfect Shine for Glossy Latex 250ml. Once you’ve finished cleaning your clothing, give it a gentle shake to remove any excess water and use a towel or J-cloth to pat dry. It’s important that you never wring out your latex wear as it could tear or lose shape. After you’ve soaked up the excess moisture, hang it to airdry at room temperature on a broad plastic coat hanger (a wire coat hanger could stain the latex or cause the garment to lose its shape). Once completely dry on the outside, delicately turn your garment inside out and allow it to dry on the other side. When it is fully dry, make sure you separate any latex that has stuck together and dust with Talcum Powder to prevent sticking during storage.
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Taken a shine to latex, but not sure how to perfect that gratifyingly glossy finish? Fear not, kinky companions, we’re on the case! It’s common for latex to be somewhat matte in appearance upon purchase, however; with the right tools, you’ll soon discover that all that glistens is not gold! Of course, it does take time to build the perfect shine, so in the words of Take That, Have a Little Patience!
Firstly, wipe off any residual powder from dressing or storage before getting started. Use a microfibre cloth to apply your specially formulated polish/shine spray (we recommend BeGloss Perfect Shine Premium Spray for Glossy Latex 250ml or Pjur Cult Ultra Shine) to the latex and then buff to a supreme shine. Alternatively, a silicone-based lubricant can be used as a viable substitute. But, under no circumstances, use household polish. It is best to use a specialised formula for polishing your perverted playwear, as they are designed to nourish and protect latex against future wear and tear. Be sure to evenly coat your fetish wear in the concoction and it will shine up a treat.
If you are using a spray, it is possible to apply your chosen formula directly to your fetish wear, but please do so sparingly and make sure it is evenly coated. In addition, allow it to soak in fully before you begin to buff. Of course, you could also make things a little more interesting by losing the cloth and having your playmate gently rub in the formula with their hands whist you don your favourite fetish wear. Trust us; this is SUCH a turn on! Feel their hands all over your body as that luscious latex caresses the skin.
The more you polish, the shinier your latex will become. When your latex garment is new, it will require more maintenance, but as time goes on, you will find that polishing is required less often. Printed latex needs special care as it is more delicate. Use a dabbing method or light strokes, rather than vigorous rubbing, because this could cause the print to wear.
Okay, we’re sure you’re rubbing those raunchy hands together now!
Well and truly out of the kinky closet when it comes to your love of latex? Well, you may not realise it, but storage of your latex fetish wear is just as important as the washing and conditioning of it. Always keep it in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight, and dust generously with Talcum Powder to prevent any sticking. It is also vital that your items are completely dry before storage, otherwise the material will start to break down.
Latex wear can be stored hung up on a broad plastic hanger (don’t use flimsy wire hangers, as items may become misshapen or stain), or folded and wrapped in acid free tissue paper, then placed in a black plastic bin liner. If hanging up, we recommend adding another layer of protection to your playwear by placing it in a garment bag. This is particularly advisable if you are storing different coloured latex outfits together. Transparent and white latex is easily stained by bolder colours when kept next to one another, so take extra care with this.
So, look after your latex properly and you’ll have a treat in store!
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Chlorinated latex is becoming an increasingly popular choice for latex lovers everywhere, not least because it requires no dressing/aid lube to get into. Nor will it stick together in the same way untreated latex does. Many people that have allergies have even found that chlorinated latex doesn’t provoke a reaction. Treating the material with chlorine makes it permanently soft and smooth, but also leaves it with a thicker feel and different, more industrial, smell. To care for your chlorinated latex, the guidance is much the same; simply follow the cardinal rules detailed in this guide and you can’t go wrong!
It’s worth noting that although you can wash treated latex in the same way as untreated latex, chlorinated items may be cleaned in the washing machine on a low temperature (30 degrees or less) using a non-bio washing tablet. It can be polished as normal and stored as specified above.
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Think you only need to clean your latex every few times you wear it? Well, sorry folks, that just won’t wash with us! Show your latex some love by investing in a specialised formula that not only cleans, but protects against future wear and tear. BeGloss Special Wash for Latex is easy to use and proven to work. Simply dilute with water, allow your fetish wear to soak and it need never look tired or washed out again!
Dressing up to give your slave a dressing down? Slide into your latex fetish wear with ease, with BeGloss Talcum Powder Latex Clothing Dressing Aid! This 100% pharmaceutical talcum powder contains no added ingredients that are likely to damage your latex. Not only does it act as a dressing aid, it protects latex from premature wear & tear and stops sticking during storage. Additionally, the anti-static effect stops unwanted attention from lint & the like.
Taken a shine to that gratifyingly glossy finish latex has to offer? Achieve that highly sought after look simply, with BeGloss Perfect Shine Premium Spray for Glossy Latex! Ergonomically designed, in a hand-spray bottle, this formula facilitates easy use and even application. Shining your latex up a treat, it also provides a protective layer against future wear & tear. As far as we’re concerned, the sun shines out of its backside!