Taking care of latex clothing

Enjoy your latex clothes for a long time!


Caring for latex clothing is important: XalateX articles are made of high-quality natural rubber and every single garment is handmade in Germany. We produce our garments in a high-quality gluing process. Exciting wearing comfort and an attractive appearance will then come all by itself. Because the rubber adapts to your body like a second skin and the shiny surface creates enchanting light reflections that guarantee you an unforgettable appearance.

Latex is therefore a very special material for clothing, and to ensure that our garments have a long durability, you should not forget to take care and suitable storage of the goods.
 

What is latex actually?

Latex, or more precisely latex rubber, is a natural product made from the milk of the latex tree. Cheap (and mostly inferior quality) products made of latex are made by dipping moulds directly from the latex milk, similar to condoms. More elaborate pieces, on the other hand, are glued together from the far more stable rolled sheet latex (actually cold welded, since material and glue are chemically identical), more rarely also sewn. Compared to the classic seam, the glued joint has the advantage of greater elasticity, which benefits the fit. Seams also perforate the material, which is detrimental to the stability of the material. Therefore, these seams generally have to be additionally glued behind to prevent tearing. You can find a starting point for further information e.g. in the Wikipedia.


Care of latex clothing - How to do it right?

Maintaining latex clothes is not that difficult: To keep your latex clothes looking good and durable you should avoid contact with grease and various metals (see below). After every wearing you should clean your latex clothes with a special latex cleaner (also available in our shop) or a fat and oil free washing lotion and a lot of water. Otherwise microorganisms can spread. TIP: After the first washing cycle change the water and rinse the clothes again with clear water with some silicone oil or Vivishine latex polish. The resulting thin silicone film prevents the material from sticking when drying, protects the surface and gives the piece a shine. After cleaning, hang your clothes up to dry in an airy place so that nothing sticks to each other. Whitish stains often form during the drying process. These are caused by residual moisture contained in the material and are no cause for concern - the stains disappear again as soon as everything is well dried. When the clothing is completely dry, it can be prepared for storage again.
 

How do I store my latex clothing correctly?

To prevent latex parts from sticking together you can powder the garment with talcum powder or rub it with silicone oil. Instead of pure talcum powder you can also use commercial baby powder, but please only use talcum powder without oils and unscented! To avoid wrinkles and creases, hang up the clothes loosely, preferably in a place where they are not exposed to direct sunlight. Wide hangers without sharp edges are suitable for tops and full suits. If there is not enough space in the wardrobe, the leg sections of a full suit, for example, can be folded over the shoulders. For trousers and skirts hangers with rubberized (!) clips are especially suitable. Small items such as socks and stockings can be stored hanging or lying down. In general, sharp creases should be avoided, as they do not unhinge again, unlike slight folds. A note on the subject of talcum: Talcum in itself is medically harmless, but inhalation of talcum powder should be avoided as far as possible, as in extreme cases it can cause pulmonary fibrosis in the long term, i.e. what is commonly known as "pneumoconiosis". To cover latex clothing evenly with talcum powder and at the same time avoid dust clouds, it is recommended to shake the cleaned and dry garment well together with some talcum powder in a large plastic bag.
 

What should you definitely not do to latex?

Sunlight is poison for your latex clothing in the long run. The UV portion in the light accelerates the decay of the material and the fading of the colours. Sheet latex is not as strongly vulcanized as car tires (therefore smells more pleasant) and contains less or other additives. Fat and fatty oils should also not come into contact with the material - if you want to see the result, you can rub butter into a household rubber and leave it for a while: beautiful is different. So please do not cream yourself before wearing latex clothing and use only small amounts of a neutral cleaning agent for latex cleaning, which does not re-grease! Different metals (e.g. copper, brass and bronze) can - especially with lighter colours - easily cause unsightly material discolouration. Metal parts such as rivets, zippers etc. attached to latex clothing by the manufacturer are usually made of unproblematic material such as steel. But please make sure that the clothing does not come into contact with foreign belt buckles, zippers, press studs etc. for a long time.
I still have questions or remarks, what now?

Very simple: Contact us - we will gladly answer all your questions about latex and latex clothing!

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