How to Wear and Care for your Latex
Many people enjoy the feeling and look of latex
clothing and costumes,
and with the proper caution, care, and maintenance, your latex clothing
can provide many years of pleasure and wear.
Tips on How to Wear Latex Garments
clothing can be tricky to put on and take off, but if you
the following tips in mind, putting on and removing your latex garments
won’t be nearly as much nuisance!
Pulling on latex
clothing – which tends to be tight and fit
snugly – can easily damage it, leaving permanent finger
marks, stretching, or even rips and tears, in the material. Have
patience, and use baby powder generously on the inside of your
garments. Another option is to use a silicone-based shining
product or a NON oil-based lubricant to make putting on your clothing
Instead of grabbing the latex
material with your fingers, which
increases the likelihood of leaving finger indentations or causing
damage to your clothing, use your whole hand to pull the
clothing. Use your hand to shift the latex and gradually
shift until the garment is in place properly and you are
comfortable. Use as much baby powder or lube as you feel you
need; excess can always be wiped off as needed.
Be sure to watch your fingernails and any sharp edges on jewelry or
watches, as these will catch the latex and possibly cause a tear.
To remove your clothing, follow this same ‘pull and
shift’ method to remove garments with care.
Washing and Cleaning Latex Clothing
Be certain to wash your latex
garments after each use. When
latex, sweating is common and can be increased by the
constriction of this type of material and snug fit. Washing
your clothing after each wear will remove the sweat and odor from the
latex material and will help the costume look it’s
years to come.
Use a small amount of soft soap in lukewarm water to rinse your
garments thoroughly. Do not scrub them, as this may damage
but wipe with a soft cloth inside and out and rinse
completely. Do NOT wring out your clothing; it is more than
sufficient to gently shake the garment to shake free excess water, pat
with a towel to soak up remaining moisture, and hang to air-dry in a
room temperature setting. Any remaining water streaks can be
gently wiped away with a soft cloth as your clothes are drying. You may
want to lightly shake some baby powder inside your garments as they are
drying to prevent sticking.
Properly Storing your Latex
It’s recommended to store your latex
clothing in a cool,
dark, dry space. A garment bag is preferred to protect your
clothing. Use a broad plastic hanger to help your garment
keep its shape; wire hangers, thin hangers, or hanging an outfit from
the straps may cause the outfit to lose its shape.
DO NOT store your clothing in direct sunlight; the sun’s rays
will cause the latex material to rapidly deteriorate or even turn
white. Though you may use silicone sex toy products commonly found help cover
this if it should happen, the best advice is to avoid storing clothing
in sunlight from the start.
Want to Shine Your Latex Clothing?
If you’ve seen latex
in photoshoots or clubs, it probably
appears smooth and very shiny. When you first purchase an
outfit, you may be disappointed to see that the latex appears to have
more of a ‘matte’ finish. Similar to
leather, latex requires shining and care in order to look its best and
develop a bright sheen.
You can use a silicone spray made for Latex
to polish and build the
shine of your garment. Other products, including household
polishes, are not recommended for use. The more often you
spend time polishing and shining the latex with a soft cloth, the
shinier it can appear.
Building a shine is as simple as three steps: first, spray one side of
your outfit entirely. Let the silicone spray seep into the
latex material, and do not rub, pat, or wipe it. Turn your
outfit over once it has dried and proceed to spray the other
side. Taking care to spread the silicone spray softly into
areas you may have missed, make sure you have covered all
areas. Once the garment is dry, pick it up and examine it
carefully to ensure you have thoroughly shined the entire
garment. After this initial application, you may notice a
shine beginning to build within three to four thorough
applications. Once you begin to notice a shine, do not stop
polishing and maintaining your clothing! Though you may wish
to step back the frequency of building the shine, your outfit does
require maintenance in order to build and maintain the shine you worked
so hard to create.
Some Words of Caution Regarding Care of
is a very sensitive material, which burns easily. For
this reason, you may wish to carefully avoid storing or hanging your
clothing near heaters or heat sources, avoiding fire, flame, and
cigarettes/cigars. Similarly, avoid storing clothing in damp
spaces or in direct sunlight or fluorescent light to avoid fading and
deterioration of the
latex material. Fingernails, watches,
and sharp edges on jewelry can catch and tear your clothing. Metals
such as copper, brass, and bronze will stain your clothing if
permitted to come into contact with one another. Makeup and
perfume may stain or even break down the latex material and should also
be avoided. Lastly, avoid oil-based products when wearing
your latex clothing and opt for non-harmful water-based ones.
If you follow these tips for wearing and caring for your
clothing, your outfit should provide you with years of happy