Rubber Fetish, Really?
Definitely. Our leather brothers and sisters often refer to their gear as a “second hide,” but nothing hugs the body as “second skin” like rubber gear can. Rubber gear comes in a multitude of styles, colors, configurations and even materials allowing the wearers to more personally express themselves and their fetishes.
Some rubber folk love the shine of latex. Some love the durability and comfort of neoprene. Some love rubber because you can get wet and messy in it and just hose it off after. Some love rubber gear because it makes them feel like a super hero. Others get off on the feeling naked in public. If you haven’t put on a piece of rubber before, do it. It is fun.
Isn’t it too hot to wear rubber in South Florida?
If you’re allergic to sweat you probably shouldn’t be hanging out in South Florida anyway and you probably will find rubber too hot, too. Rubber, in particular latex, amplifies the ambient temperature so that when it is hot, you may feel a bit hotter in your rubber. And when it is chilly, you’ll feel that more too. That said, no—it isn’t too hot for rubber, but rubber is HOT! Rubber gear is designed to get wet inside and out. If you get a little too warm, stand in a rain shower, pat yourself down with a little cool water or step in the A/C for a couple of minutes. It feels
Isn’t rubber really delicate and falls to pieces easily?
Rubber, in particular latex, is easier to tear than leather and it will, if not properly cared for, disintegrate over time. However, the durability of your latex depends on a few things—how thick it is (heavier thicknesses usually have more durability,) how you care for it and how you store it. If you take a reasonable amount of care for latex garments they can last you 10 years or more. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber product and is generally more durable and longer lasting than latex.
Here are a few tips to help your latex gear last longer:
Keep it clean and lubed
No. We aren’t giving instructions for power bottoms. Don’t wait for laundry day or the next time you want to wear a garment to clean it. Body salts and oils can damage your gear if left to dry. Most suggest you use lukewarm water with a little mild soap. You can leave them to soak or gently agitate your gear making sure the water rinses inside and out. You do want to make sure your gear is dry before storing it. Mold can also ruin your gear. After your items are clean, many rubber folk will go the extra step and rinse it in a product such as Vivishine.
You can increase the longevity of your rubber if you protect it from wide variations in temperature, sunlight and airflow. Some folks will pack each piece of latex in its own plastic bag. Others pack items together but keep them in an air-tight container. If you prefer this option, a piece of tissue paper between items can help keep them from sticking together. It is also good to pull out your latex from time to time to “fluff” it and check for troubling areas even if you aren’t about to wear it. Latex retailers can offer specific storage suggestion. However, don’t just wad your latex up in the corner of a drawer or hang it up in your closet if you want it to last. REMEMBER—NO MORE WIRE HANGERS. If you feel a need to hang it, keep your rubber away from other materials in your closet and only use wooden or cloth-wrapped hangers. Plastic and raw metal hangers can damage your gear. Personally, I think hanging rubber for long periods of time is a bad idea for fear that it will stretch, but others do it successfully. If you mistreat your rubber, it will disappear over time.
Play with/in it, but don’t abuse it. Latex has a lot of stretch, but snapping your latex, pulling it with force or poking it with sharp or hot objects is a good way to damage and possibly ruin it. Rather than pinching and pulling the outside of your rubber gear to adjust it, try to get the back of your hand under it and gently lift to adjust. If you have trouble getting into your tight-fitting rubber gear, try some silicone lube on your body and even on the inside of the garment first. Then slide it on. This should reduce the strain you may put on the piece just to get into it. If your challenge is getting out of it, we suggest you leave it on. But if you feel you must get out, try taking a shower with warm water. Your gear will come off much easier and you’ll be cleaning it at the same time.
Make it Shine
Only use silicone products on your latex clothing. Neoprene won’t shine-up like latex, so don’t even try. Take care when using silicone sprays. Silicone can be damaging to your lungs and to your back. What? That’s right. Breathing in silicone is bad. Letting silicone spray settle on your floors can create a sliding hazard even for the most sure footed. Put down a towel or two to catch the spray to keep it off of your floors.