When your garments arrive, they will be coated in a light layer of talc. This is to seal the glue, and to protect it during shipping.
To shine your latex (as seen in our photos) you will need to apply a latex shiner. There are many different brands available, but we recommend Vivishine.
First, you must clean the talc off your latex. You can do this under lukewarm running water or in a sink/tub for larger pieces. You can use mild detergent/dish soap or a latex cleaner such as Viviclean.
Then, fill a tub or sink with lukewarm water and apply a few drops of Vivishine to the water. A little goes a long way - for large (such as catsuits) or several pieces use a capful, for small lingerie items only a drop or two is required. Move the latex around in the water to make sure the shiner is evenly distributed, and leave to soak for a few minutes. Hang to drip dry.
If marks appear on your latex during the drying process, don’t worry! These are residual water marks and will disappear once the garment is fully dried.
For tight fitting garments, we recommend a dressing aid such as Pjur. Apply the lubricant to your skin and to the inside of the latex beforehand. Alternatively, you can use talcum powder as a dressing aid sprinkled on the inside of the garment. Avoid using your fingernails and be wary of jewellery when dressing, as these can cause a tear.
After enjoying your latex, repeat the cleaning process to remove the shiner and hang to drip dry. Once fully dried, coat in a thin layer of talc powder and store in a cool, dry place away from direct heat or sunlight (which can damage/stain the latex)
Do not store dark coloured latex next to light coloured latex as this can cause staining. Also, be careful to prevent light coloured latex from coming into contact with metal hardware such as zippers,eyelets etc. Nicotine, sunlight and excessive handling can also cause staining to light coloured latex, so please keep this in mind when choosing a colour
We have sample sachets of Vivishine’s dressing aid, shiner and cleaner available to purchase here