Latex is naturally somewhat sticky, so to remove the friction between the garment and your skin, apply a dressing aid to a) the inside of the garment or b) your skin. Acceptable dressing aids are silicone based lubricants, talc, or other latex-friendly formula dressing aids.
Watch nails, rings and other such sharp objects around latex, as they can cause tears, rips and snags on your garment. Use the pads of your fingers and pull on gently as opposed to fingertips and hastily yanking it on.
Avoid oils and oil-based skin lotions, makeup etc. Oil will cause the latex to deteriorate, eventually destroying the garment. Also avoid oxidizing metals such as copper, nickel, etc as it can stain the latex, particularly light/bright colors.
Latex is UV and temperature sensitive. Avoid excess exposure to UV light as this may discolor or dry out the latex. Store between 15-30 degrees Celsius, as extreme cold will freeze the latex and cause it to be brittle. Extreme heat will cause the latex to break down.
To wash and store your latex for later use:
1. Fill a sink/bucket with lukewarm water and add a pH neutral soap such as dove or sunlight.
2. Lightly agitate latex in water, then flip garment inside out and repeat. Use thumb pads to remove any stuck-on stains.
3. Empty bucket and refill with room-temperature water. Rinse the garment thoroughly
4. Hang to dry in an aerated place inside out. Adversely, you can use a towel to wipe off excess moisture to speed the process, and a hairdryer on the 'cool' setting.
5. Once the garment is dry, powder the inside and shine the outside.
6. Fold and store in a light-tight area. If storing for an extended period of time, shine once every six weeks or so to avoid drying out.
Caring for Leather Goods
From time to time, you may notice that your leather, particularly suede, is becoming dirty and requires cleaning. Leather products, however, require gentle care, and under no circumstances can soft leathers become submerged in water. The following advice will help keep your leathers looking clean year after year.
1. Dampen a soft cloth and apply a small, dime-sized dollop of moisturizing soap (ie Dove).
2. Rub the cloth across the dirty spots on the leather in circular motions, working the soap into a lather. Try to get as little water on the leather itself as possible.
3. Using a fresh damp cloth, wipe away the soap. Polish and dry the leather with a soft cloth, using a shoe-shine buffing motion.
Suedes often gather oils and sweat off the skin like a sponge, making them appear dingy and dirty. To clean suede, use a pencil eraser to rough up the top layer of suede. If it smells, a 60% vinegar solution may be applied to neutralize the odors. A nail brush or soft toothbrush may be used to remove any dried on debris before using the above steps.
If you find your leather is drying out (ie, it has become stiffer, less supple, lost its sheen), apply Mink Oil (available at many leathercraft hobby stores and purveyors of leather clothing items) sparingly.The information on this page is copyright Ware's and Wear Ventures Inc., 2006-2012. Please do not use without the express permission of abovementioned