Rubber is a fantastic addition to any collection and looks good on everyone. Kept right, your rubber can stay smart and clean for its lifetime. However, Latex Rubber is not indestructible and care should be taken with sharp objects and around cigarettes. A small hole can quickly develop into a big hole…
Unlike neoprene, rubber can be damaged by oil based lubricants and you should exercise care when using these items together. We recommend not using these products together.
To put your rubber on, sprinkle a copious amount of talc or silicone lubricant inside and pull it on gently, a little bit at a time. Slow and steady is the key here. Do not stretch the rubber by pulling just at a hem or collar, you may damage your item. Taking off your items is slightly more simple – roll the item off gently. Taking it off in the shower may also facilitate removal.
After using your rubber, clean with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly in cold water until the rubber squeaks when you run your finger down it. If you have lettering or trim on your garment, it may be wise to turn the item inside out. Hang the item to dry. Do not put the item in a warm place to speed drying, it may damage the rubber permanently.
Once dry, dust the item with a small amount of non-scented talcum powder (inside and out) and hang in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. You can also store it in a plastic bag, but watch out for creases if you leave it in one place for a long period of time.
To shine your rubber, use some silicone spray and gently buff the outside with a soft cotton cloth. Try to avoid polishing too hard over metal zips, buckles and studs; it may leave marks that are impossible to remove. It may be easier to polish whilst wearing the item, so recruit a friend to join in the fun!
WARNING – pale coloured and semi-transparent rubber can be marked easily by coming into contact with metal items, so be careful. This includes coins, belt buckles and jewellery. Watch out!