How to Care for Latex Clothing

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Because latex is a natural, biodegradable material, it’s incredibly sensitive to oils, including the natural oils in your skin. That’s why you need to know how to care for latex clothes properly.

Latex items can be expensive, so it's important to take good care of your rubber apparel to keep it in tip-top condition for years to come. Luckily, it’s really easy to keep your latex looking as good as new and ready to wear over and over again.

All you need to do is make sure you wash and store your latex properly, and this guide explains precisely how to do it to prolong the life of your favourite pieces.

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Make sure that your favorite latex garments last and last with Lovehoney's latex cleaning and care tips.

Carefully remove your Latex Clothing

After your first latex experience, you may be reluctant to undress. Use the same careful techniques you used as you dressed to remove the garment.

“To take it off, I just did the same in reverse. For the last bit, bend forward, then stand up as it rolls over your shoulders and neck.” - SR36

Check out our guide to wearing latex clothing to see how to do it best.

How to wash Latex Clothing

Learning how to care for latex clothes, is a lot to do with proper cleaning, drying and storing.

So, once you have removed the garment, take it into the bathroom and place it in the bath or the sink, avoiding contact with any metals. Most metals will discolour latex if left in contact with it for even a small amount of time.

Use lukewarm water and a soap, or shampoo which does not contain any oils or petroleum. Baby shampoos are often ideal, but always check the labels. Gently lather the latex garment inside and out to remove all traces of dirt, sweat, dressing aid and shiner. Rinse thoroughly.

How to dry wet Latex Clothing

Once the garment is clean, you should transfer it onto a clean, white towel. Gently pat the garment inside and out until it is completely dry.

“I would recommend storing it completely dry and talced up to prevent damage, and either lube it up or talc the inside for wearing to prevent sticking or difficulty putting it on.” - Lea8

You should then dust the inside of the garment with a talc to soak up any excess moisture, taking care to get it around any fasteners or seams to keep them nice and dry. Shake off any excess.

How to store Latex Clothing

Your latex is thoroughly clean now, but your work isn’t quite done yet. You must store your latex properly to protect it.

“I also recommend you store this talced on the inside, on a cloth hanger, inside a clothing bag in your wardrobe. Allow the dress to come to room temperature first, so it's a bit more elastic and lastly, do not let this come into contact with direct heat or the sun. It'll crack your latex.” - iwonderif

To store latex, first wrap it in acid-free tissue paper. This gives further protection from moisture in the air.

Now, place it inside a black plastic bag and store it in a cool, dark place to protect it from sunlight. Voila! Your latex will now be clean and fresh for the next time you come to wear it.

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