Cleaning latex clothes requires special care to maintain their shine and durability.
Here are some instructions to help you clean your latex garments:
- Gather cleaning supplies: You will need the following items:
- Mild, non-abrasive soap (Dawn) or a specialized latex cleaner (avoid using harsh detergents or solvents)
- Lukewarm water
- Soft, lint-free cloth or sponge
- Towel or garment hanger for drying
- Latex shiner or silicone-based lubricant (optional but recommended for restoring shine)
- Prepare the cleaning solution: Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water. Add a small amount of mild, non-abrasive soap or a latex cleaner. Mix the solution gently until it creates a soapy mixture.
- Clean the latex garment: Dip latex into the soapy water, ensuring it is thoroughly dampened. Gently wipe the latex surface in a circular motion, applying light pressure. Avoid excessive rubbing or scrubbing, as it may damage the material. If this is a first time cleaning, talc maybe on the latext to prevent sticking. Pay extra attention to those areas and to any stains or soiled areas.
- Rinse the garment: Rinse the latex garment under lukewarm running water to remove any soap residue. Make sure to rinse both the inside and outside of the garment. Take care not to stretch or twist the latex while rinsing.
- Dry the latex garment: Lay a clean, dry towel flat on a surface or use a garment hanger to hang the garment. Gently place the washed latex clothing (inside out) on the towel or hanger, allowing it to air dry naturally for 24 hours. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can cause the latex to deteriorate or lose its shape. Pat the garment with a dry towel to remove excess moisture. After 24 hours, flip the clothing and air dry for an additional 24 hours.
- Restore shine (optional): Once the latex garment is completely dry, you can restore its shine by applying a latex shiner or a silicone-based lubricant. Follow the product instructions for application, as different brands may have specific guidelines.
- Storage: After cleaning and drying, store your latex clothes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Avoid folding the garment too tightly to prevent creasing. It is recommended to store them in a garment bag or use acid-free tissue paper to maintain their shape and prevent sticking.
Remember to always follow the manufacturer's care instructions provided with your latex garments, as they may have specific recommendations for cleaning and maintenance.