Latex is a popular material used in fetish apparel and BDSM gear. When worn properly it literally is like a second skin on the wearer. When latex apparel is worn to look its best, garments are tight and fit snugly, which can make it tricky to put on and take off. Pipedream manufactures many items made of latex from ball gags, to leggings, to masks and assorted apparel, such as skirts, boy shorts, peep hole bra tops, gloves, and more. So we get a lot of emails from customers about how to care for, wear and maintain our products that are made of latex.
Rubba-Wear Latex Apparel by Pipedream
What’s the best way to put on or take off latex clothing? How should you care for latex between uses? How can you get that slick, shiny look you see on others wearing latex out at the nightclubs?
Latex hoods & apparel from Fetish Fantasy Extreme
These are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Pipedream. This blog post will serve to answer these questions and more.
Putting on & taking off latex apparel can be tricky. Pulling too hard on it can leave permanent finger marks, stretch and even tear the material. Use a generous amount of baby powder inside of the garment and have patience using the palms of your hands to slide into the garment. Once on, use your whole hand to shift the material around from side to side until it is comfortable enough to wear.
A little silicone Moist goes a long way!
Some prefer to use a good silicone lubricant (or other non-oil based) lubricant when putting on latex garments. One method is no better than the other, it is just a personal preference of the wearer.
To remove latex garments, use the same ‘shift and slide’ method in reverse of pulling the garment on.
Washing Your Latex - It is important to wash your latex apparel and gear after every use to remove the sweat and any odors that accumulated while wearing it. NEVER use any type of solvent or oil-based cleaner on anything made of latex. Use a mild cleaning agent, such as our Anti-Bacterial Toy Cleaner or a household soft soap and lukewarm water.
Never 'wring-out' your latex garments while washing.
Never ‘wring-out’ latex garments and do not scrub them. This can damage the latex permanently. Use a soft cloth to wipe and gently shake the garment to get rid of excess water. Pat dry with a towel to soak up water and hang to air-dry in a room temperature setting. Remaining water can be wiped away gently with your soft cloth and residual moisture can be evaporated by dusting with some baby powder. This will also prevent the latex from sticking to itself while drying.
Storing Your Latex - Keep your latex gear and apparel in a dry environment, preferably one that is dark and just under normal room temperature. Plastic hangers and garment bags are a great way to keep them folded nicely and protected from the surrounding environment. NEVER use wire hangers, store in direct sunlight or store in any place that is near a heat source.
You can also use silicone lubricant to ‘shine’ the exterior of your garments once they are on. Remember a little Moist silicone lubricant goes a long way, so start with a little so you don’t waste any. Some apply a few coats to get the look they are searching for, while others are happy with a single coat of silicone lubricant.
Additionally, use caution with sharp fingernails, jewelry, watches and sharp objects when putting on or wearing your latex. Metals including copper, brass, and bronze can stain latex and should be avoided. Since latex is porous, perfumes and makeup can not only be absorbed into the material, it can stain or break down the quality of the latex. ALWAYS avoid any oil-based products to clean or care for your latex.