Latex Wear. Taking Care of It and Looking Good

I'm out of sarcasm at the moment, so you're getting some genuine - if unconventional - advice instead - Mama J.

Discussing why a non incontinent person would want to wear rubber clothing - unless they are a fisherman - will be a subject for another column, someday. This is just going to tell you how to make the stuff look good and last more than its first wearing.

Another note: the infamous latex accessory that the naughtier readers are no doubt thinking of will, again, be the subject of another entry. But not by me.

To don your new latex skirt/trousers/shirt you will need a large bottle of talcum powder or powdered cornstarch. The difference between the two isn't significant enough to merit discussion. In my experience, I prefer cornstarch, but it's an individual decision. Powder yourself with the talc/starch liberally. There is no such thing as too much. The powder enables you to slip into the garment with ease, greatly reducing the chance of rips and tears and the talc/starch also absorbs your sweat - latex is non porous, after all.

Don't worry if you get powder on the outside of the garment, we'll be dealing with that in a second.

With most latex-wear, the garment will be thinner and more delicate at the outer edges and those should be handled with care. Pull it on with caution. As time passes, you'll get the hang of getting into the stuff.

Now you're dressed, and a bit powdery on the outside. The next step is tidying and shining the garment. The dull color of unpolished latex suits some - in which case, just dust yourself off with a damp cloth and engage upon your plans for the moment. However, I like to shine my rubber clothing, so I'll tell you how.

You just need a bottle of that stuff that automobile afficionadoes like to spray all over their interior to shine it up. I recommend "Son of a Gun" and I most heartily do not recommend "Armor All". Better yet, if you frequent fetish-stores, ask them what they recommend for rubber clothing, and buy that.

Spray your chosen product liberally on the surface of your garment and gently wipe it away with a clean rag. You do not want to wipe the buffing substance entirely away, but rather leave enough for the garment to gleam. It will feel a little slick to the touch.

An assistant at this point is handy, unless you have extensively studied yoga. I know whereof what I write, as I once nearly sprained myself while trying to buff the back of the knees of a pair of latex trousers I was wearing.

If you are going to be wearing the garment for any significant period of time - and with rubber wear, that tends to mean any longer than an hour - go somewhere private to re-powder and re-shine the item.. Re-powdering might be awkward, but it's preferable to coming out in a rash. Some wags like to talk about 'powdering their noses' as they step away with talcum in hand, but that joke is old and I regret repeating it.

Once your excursion is over, immediately wash the garment in plain water. Don't use soap, as that can cause the garment to deteriorate.

To store latex wear, you can either hang it over a cloth-covered hanger, or liberally powder it, fold it up and put it in a cardboard box. It is extremely important that the garment does not come into contact with any plastic - such as a plastic coat hanger - as that will cause it to rot. The item should be powdered where ever it comes into contact with itself as latex-to-latex contact can lead to rubber-rot over time, but liberal powdering can prevent that. It's much less bother to simply re-shine a powdered garment than to have it disintegrate the moment you put it on for the second time.


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