Latex is an incredible material, and there is something unique and special about clothes made from it. Thy can be quite durable, but only if you take care of them. And taking care of latex clothing requires a bit of work.
You can’t just throw everything in a washing machine and press a button. If you try that, your clothes will be ruined. So, if you want your latex clothes to remain in perfect condition, there are steps you need to know and follow. Here, we will go through some of the most important tips that will make latex wear care a bit simpler.
One of the best things about latex is that the material is so versatile. You can make anything you want using it. But the majority of clothing items you can find on the market are tight. And we are talking skin-tight. Those who enjoy wearing latex describe it as having second skin, and if anyone touches the material, it will feel as if they were touching your own skin.
The material is soft, stretchy, and often, quite smooth. Based on the amount of time you invest in care, it can remain spotless for a long time. Of course, there are other types of latex garments you can find. It doesn’t have to be skin-tight, and you can easily get a piece of clothing that will feel comfortable for you.
But even if you get a latex jacket that’s comfortable and loose, it will still have the same feeling. Naturally, it won’t feel like a second skin, but the material will be smooth and shiny. And this is one of the primary reasons why so many people love it.
How durable is latex clothing?
If you are focused on latex care, the clothing can be quite durable. But even the slightest mistake can damage the material. When we say durable, we talk about the lifespan of the material. However, latex itself is rather delicate. Any sharp object can destroy it in no time, and you should be extra careful when wearing the clothes. Naturally, you will need to avoid contact with any sharp objects or items that can tear it.
And this is one of the primary reasons why you need to focus on maintenance and know all the dos and don’ts of latex. It will prolong the lifespan of your clothes and will save you a lot of money since you won’t need to look for a replacement.
It is a slippery slope. You will need to know how to wash your clothes, all about proper storage, maintenance, and everything else. And if you follow all the steps, your latex clothes will last for a long time.
Should I wash my latex clothing?
Yes. As with any other piece of clothing, you will need to wash it regularly. Ideally, you will wash it after each use to ensure that your clothes remain in perfect condition. But at the same time, using a washing machine is a big no-no. You will need to wash it by hand. The material is delicate, and the increased temperature used in washing machines will ruin it.
You will need to use warm water, along with mild soap (or detergent). Ensure that the soap you are using does not contain any chemicals or anything that could damage latex. Once you start washing, try to be as gentle as possible. It won’t take you a long time to properly clean everything, and after that, the only thing left for you to do is wash out the soap.
It is a lot simpler than it sounds, and you will get a hang of it in no time. Finally, avoid using any type of dryer. You can wipe off excess water using tissue paper or a soft towel, and leave clothes to fully air dry.
How often should I wash it?
Now, this question is complex. There are plenty of factors that will determine how often you will need to wash your latex clothes. For starters, how often do you wear them? How much time do you spend wearing them? Do you sweat a lot? Wearing latex underwear is not the same as wearing pants, a jacket, or boots either.
And all of these factors will affect the answer. As we mentioned earlier, you should wash latex after each use in an ideal scenario. But it is not always possible. Washing your clothes after each wear will prolong their life. As you wear them, the oils from the skin will get in contact with latex, and they will slowly degrade the material.
Washing it can prevent it. So, keep in mind that you will need to do it before you put them on.
How to properly keep my latex clothing?
The final thing to discuss is storage. Once your clothes are dry, you will need to find a place where the clothes will be safe. You will need to keep them away from sunlight since increased temperature and exposure to sunlight can damage the material. To ensure that your clothes remain safe, you can always use talcum powder on them before you fold them.
After that, you can place it in a plastic bag or if you own a garment bag instead. Drawers that are completely dry and aways from sunlight can be a perfect storage place. One thing to avoid is metal hangers since the metal can cause permanent discoloration on light colors.
If you have to use a hanger, stick to the wooden ones instead. As long as it is a non-metallic hanger, you shouldn’t have any problems. And if you plan on using a small amount of talcum powder, place it both on the inside and outside of your clothes before storing them somewhere safe. It is worth mentioning that talcum powder and silicone-based lubricants can both be good dressing aid to avoid tears on the material.