Latex Care

CARE OF YOUR LATEX

Latexbay makes high-quality, latex rubber garments. Latex rubber is a natural material that requires some basic care. If you follow the guidelines below, your latex rubber garment will provide you with years of enjoyment.

GENERAL CARE

Oils, greases and solvents destroy latex rubber. Keep the latex garment away from oils, hand creams, polishes and leather goods (leather contains oils).

Avoid prolonged exposure to excess heat, sunlight and humidity, which can discolor and degrade latex. Silicone lubricants can leach into and unstick seams if not washed off after each use.

Colored latex rubber permanently stains brown when it comes in contact with copper, brass, or bronze. This includes handling copper pennies and then touching latex!

Avoid sharp objects, including long fingernails. To make rubber garments easy to put on, first lightly powder the inside with talcum powder, cornstarch, or apply a personal lubricant (like KY Jelly, Eros Cult or Wet Platinum) and carefully put on. Some people wear cotton gloves while pulling on latex garments.

Be careful around candles, cigarettes, or other open flames. Latex is flammable!

POLISHING

Latex rubber garments can be worn with a matt finish or with high polished finish. To achieve a polished finish, spray with a silicone product such as Eros Cult or STP Son of a Gun and buff lightly with a soft cloth (Armor All is not recommended due to the petroleum spirits in its chemistry), a food grade silicone spray used by grocers works just as well. For garments such as thongs that come into contact with sensitive skin, you may prefer to use a personal lubricant like Wet Platinum or KY Jelly.

CLEANING YOUR GARMENT

Wash in warm water with a few drops of antibacterial soap or baby shampoo. Rinse well and hang to dry. Dust with talcum powder or corn starch. Do not iron, dry-clean, or put latex garments into a washing machine or dryer.

STORING YOUR GARMENT

After washing and drying, lightly powder the latex garment with talcum powder or cornstarch to absorb any moisture, and keep it in a cool dark place. Store it in a plastic bag on a shelf, drawer or place it in a storage box. For travel, place the garment in a large zip lock plastic bag with a small amount of talcum powder or corn starch and place in your luggage. Do not store your garment covered in silicone lubricants or dressings. The silicone leaches into the seams and unsticks the bond cementing the seams together.

REPAIR

If your garment experiences damage, such as splitting, holes, or tears, in many cases it can be repaired. Please contact Latexbay to discuss the possibility of repair for a reasonable fee. Garments covered by prolonged storage in silicone lubricants or dressings can not be repaired due to the absorbed silicone in the latex.

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