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Latex Care: How to Maintain Your Latex Clothing

Latex is a versatile and unique material that is often used to create clothing, accessories, and other fashion items. However, latex is delicate and requires special care to keep it looking its best. We're often asked "How do you make latex shiny?", "What kind of soap should I use to clean latex?" and "What damages latex?".
Here are some tips to help you care for your latex clothing and ensure that it lasts a long time. Once you've read through our care guide why not check out our range of latex clothing?

1) Clean Regularly: Latex should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth and mild cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning products, as they can damage the material.

2) Avoid Exposure to Oils and Solvents: Latex is susceptible to damage from oils and solvents, so it is important to keep it away from these substances. If you do come into contact with oils or solvents, clean the latex promptly to minimise the damage.

3) Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Latex should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Avoid storing it in a damp or humid environment, as this can cause mould and mildew to form.

4) Dust with Talcum Powder: To keep your latex from sticking to itself, dust it with talcum or protection powder . This will also help to prevent the material from becoming stiff and brittle over time.

5) Avoid Sharp Objects: Latex is susceptible to punctures, so it is important to avoid sharp objects that could damage the material. If you do accidentally puncture your latex clothing, use a patch kit or seek professional repairs.

6) Use Silicone-Based Lubricant: If you have trouble putting on tight-fitting latex clothing, use a silicone-based lubricant or dressing aid to make it easier. This will also help to protect the material from damage.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your latex clothing stays in great condition for many years to come. Whether you're wearing a latex dress to a party or a latex catsuit for a costume, proper care is the key to keeping your latex looking its best.
To clean latex using a cleaner, follow these steps:

1) Choose a cleaner specifically designed for latex. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the material.

2) Dilute the cleaner according to the instructions on the bottle - some cleaners may not need diluting as much as others, so it’s important to follow manufacturers instructions.

3) Using a soft cloth or sponge, apply the cleaner to the latex and gently rub it into the material. Avoid using too much pressure, as this could damage the latex.

4) Rinse the latex thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue from the cleaner. Allow the latex to air dry completely before storing it or wearing it again. You can do this in a bathtub or sink.

5) Once dry, dust lightly with talcum or protection powder to prevent the latex sticking to itself and store in a cool dry place.

By following these steps, you can effectively clean your latex and keep it looking its best. Remember to always test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the latex before cleaning the entire item to ensure that it does not cause any damage.
To shine latex, follow these steps:

1) Begin by cleaning the latex to remove any dirt, dust, or oils that may be present on the surface. If the latex is previously unshined, you can use a damp cloth to gently wipe off any excess talc or dust from storage.

2) Apply your silicone-based shine evenly across the latex following the method recommended on the bottle. Some products have a spray or aerosol application, while others require pouring into your hands and massaging into the latex.

3) Using a soft cloth, gently buff the latex to distribute the silicone and bring out the shine. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this could damage the material.

4) Repeat the process as needed to achieve the desired level of shine.

By following these steps, you can help keep your latex looking its best. Shop our full latex care range by clicking here.