So you finally got yourself some of that shining glory that is rubber.
But what to do with it?!
Well, wear it of course! (instructions for which you can find on this post)
But wait, not so fast. Something doesn't look right. It's all matte and dusty, and it smells like a mixture between your Aunt Petunia and a sex club. It seems there might be a reason that latex is not one of the most commonly sported materials. But learning how to properly prepare your latex before wearing it, as well as how to properly care for and store it afterwards is part of the initiation ritual.
LATEX RUBBER is a natural material, and as such it is delicate and it naturally degrades over time. But with the proper care, your garment can serve you for many glorious years.
Latex clothing will often be delivered with a thin coating of talcum powder (hence the Aunt Petunia smell) which serves to reduce the friction of the material, which would otherwise stick to itself and become damaged. For this reason a latex garment must be washed (and to taste, shined) before each use. After worn, it must be washed again and covered with talcum powder for storage, until the next time you have to do it over again from the beginning.
''Something doesn't look right. It's all matte and dusty, and it smells like a mixture between your Aunt Petunia and a sex club.''
If you would like to store your latex, or wear it matte:
Hang it up to drip dry on a non-metallic hanger. You may wish to shake the majority of the water off to make it dry faster, but never ever hang it over a radiator or use heat to speed up the process. Once dry, sprinkle a small amount of talcum powder on both the inside and outside of the garment, making sure it is covered evenly and not still sticking to itself anywhere.
For storage, you can put it in a garment bag or wrap it in tissue paper and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
If you would like to wear your latex shiny, you may use a polishing agent. There is various brands available, follow the instructions of the manufacturer of your polish. These are usually made up mostly of silicone oil, and have the purpose of coating the latex to make it shiny and gliding.
With Vivishine for example, fill a small basin or sink with enough lukewarm water to submerge your latex in. Dilute a small amount of the polish in the water (roughly one teaspoon per garment, but you will get a feel for the amount after you have done this a few times). Turn the garment inside and out, rubbing the surfaces together to work the polish into the latex. You may also leave the garment to soak for a few minutes.
When you are satisfied that the garment has been thoroughly covered in polish you may hang it up on a non-metallic hanger to drip dry. Always drip dry!
Vivishine also functions as a dressing aid, so once dry you can wear your garment straight away. If in need of more lubrication, use silicone based lube. Don’t use talcum powder at all with this method, they don’t mix well!
Sometimes your latex may show white streaks, especially when you have been storing it for a long time or when it is wet. This is normal, and the streaks will disappear once you have conditioned the garment or once it is dry.
And that's it! Now you are in the know.