The 10 most important rules in handling of Latex
If you are familiar with Latex, then you are aware that this particular material is some kind of a „Mr. Sensitive”. Latex is a wonderful material that is for certain, but it is also a high maintenance fabric. Through years of practice, trial and error procedures and also lot of research and inquiries I finally know exactly what is good for my all time favorite and uniquely shiny garments. In order to help you avoid all the arduous reconnaissance missions and experimenting with your favorite pieces of clothing, I decided to share my gained wisdom with all of you. No need to thank me yet.
Latex is a very sensitive and touchy fabric and depending on the thickness and color it requires more or less care and maintenance. To put it bluntly, very dark and black latex is not as prone to discoloration as is the light colored one. The lighter the color, the easier it is to blotch it, or to induce discoloration that is extremely visible and a huge downer. In my experience it is easier to care for transparent latex than for the plain white one. Despite my best efforts, I was unable yet to store any white latex garments over a significant amount of time without getting it irreparably stained. It seems like white latex is inviting discoloration by default. With increasing thickness, though, material is becoming more robust, but on the other hand less flexible. Thicker latex does not contour the body as well, taking some of the fun out of it. Careful does it, be very attentive and patient when putting on or off your favorite piece of thin latex, your care will extend its usability period.
1) Oil, grease and solvents:
Fatty and caustic substances destroy latex, it is as plain as that. Avoid any contact with such stuff when you wear latex. Beware not to apply body milk or cream shortly before you intend to wear latex.
Nothing dramatic will happen if you take a walk on a sunny day wearing latex, except maybe some fellow citizen glaring at you. Nevertheless, exposing latex to continuous sunlight will ultimately have an effect, namely make it brittle and spongy. It is also possible that vivacious colors fade perceivably.
3) Cosmetics (sun blocker, hairspray, nail polish remover, make-up):
Sun blocker, featuring no matter which ingredients, will turn your latex milky white on contact and there is almost nothing that you can do to wash it out. Be careful when applying make-up, some products react with the material, while some do not. Some hairsprays can damage the structure of latex too. Make sure that you do not attempt to cover up any of the sustained damage to the latex with your nail polish remover. While it may be that this tincture does wonders in other circumstances, it is definitely inclined to ruin this particular fabric even more.
4) Metal, coins and jewelry:
Metals, particularly nickel based substances discolor latex. Be very careful which jewelry, rings and watches you wear and more preferably, simply take it off. Use only high quality items if you are getting piercing ornaments of any kind. Many manufacturers still use metal zippers and buttons and you should inquire about used materials when purchasing your expensive catsuit. Perhaps it would be wise to consider plastic zippers in such a case.
Nicotine is also said to cause discoloration, therefore, if you smoke make sure you wash your hands adequately, when wearing your favorite latex outfits. Alas, be also careful with nicotine patches and where you apply them.
6) Pointy and sharp anything:
It would seem obvious, perhaps a bit condescending to even mention it, but any such pointy or sharp utensil or subject can very easily rip your latex and cause holes that will enlarge as if by magic. Be very, very careful with your fingernails, people do not remember to watch out, they are so used to having them. It is also best not to wear any jewelry or similar stuff when you put on or disrobe from latex garments.
If you are rough when polishing your latex, in time it will lose its color and start to fade. If you stretch the latex too far, like when you forcibly try to get into it and it is a bit tight, but also if you are kneeing down and the latex stockings are getting overly exerted, then the least that may happen is that your latex gets unstable. These stress points lose color or discolor and can break easily.
8) Chlorinated water (basically water in swimming pools):
Ruins latex immediately! Do not get it on your latex anywhere, I beg of you. Discoloration appears already after some short minutes and latex starts to dry out and gets spongy.
Given time, bodily sweat will damage your latex. Therefore, make sure you clean your clothing with some soft cleaner after every usage.
Water can impair the consistency of latex, if applied overly generously. Latex needs to be dried properly after each washing. It happens that, when wet, latex shows some milky white blotches and streaks, but do not despair too soon, most of the time these disappear as soon as the latex is properly dried out.
You may have some additions to these points, I would be very glad if you would decide to share them with us.
Part two of „Latex – The Proper Maintenance” will feature tips and tricks for cleaning, care and storage of latex, but also proper storage procedures.
Lots of love,