• How to Clean and Store Bondage Gear

    Lovehoney Tease Me Silver HandcuffsIf you like to indulge in a little bondage play then you want the reassurance that your bondage sex toys will last for years and years, not just session after session.

    Whether you love Shibari Japanese rope bondage, chastity play or wearing the tightest, shiniest latex clothing, you need to know how to care for your bondage gear so you can get the most out of it again and again.


    Take a look at this guide and all your bondage and BDSM care questions will be answered.


    Latex Rubber

    Triple X Latex Zip TopOils, greases and solvents have a habit of damaging latex so keep it away from oil based lubricants, hand creams, polishes and leather goods.

    To put your latex clothing on, lightly powder the inside with talcum powder or corn starch/cornflour then slide gently over the body, making sure to avoid snagging it on sharp objects or fingernails.

    To achieve that highly polished finish that looks so fantastic, use a little Latex Super Shiner or rub silicone or water-based lubricant into the material.

    Cleaning latex couldn't be easier - simply wash in warm water with a few drops of antibacterial soap, rinse and hang to dry.


    Leather

    Joyce Jones Cat O Nine TailsLeather products feel fantastic against the skin but seem to attract dirt very quickly.

    To keep your leather bondage products in top condition, get hold of a specialist leather cleaner that won't strip the leather of its natural oils then apply it with a damp sponge. Dry it with a clean towel or soft tissue and rub in a little leather oil.

    If you get your leather toy wet, do not attempt to dry it on a radiator or heater, instead reshape it using padding and a little pressure then leave to dry naturally in a well ventilated room.


    Rope

    Japanese Silk Bondage RopeAhhh rope! The bondage essential! But how do you care for something so versatile?

    First thing to remember is that you should wipe down your rope with a damp cloth after use. Even if you think it's completely clean, it can pick up sweat, oil and dirt from your body which will eventually make it lose its silky smooth feel.

    The second thing to remember is that if you store your rope right, it will be as good as new every time you use it. After using your rope, store it in a clean dry place. This will help to dry out any surface moisture and prevent the rope from going mouldy or smelling strange!


    Chastity Belts

    CB-6000 Male Chastity KitMale chastity belts, particularly the CB-x000 kind, have special openings for cleaning and lubrication.

    Some people like to use a spray bottle filled with antibacterial soap and water to clean the cage; others prefer to use a cotton bud and liquid soap for a more precise clean.

    If you find that too fiddly, try taking a quick soak in the bath but make sure to dry the chastity belt completely once you get out.

    If you're wearing a female chastity belt, it is advised that you clean it regularly as leather is a natural material and can cause problems with the body's natural excretions.

    Remove the chastity belt and clean the leather using specialist leather cleaner, then moisturise it with leather oil. If there are metal parts to your chastity belt, it is important to clean these with boiling water and then pat them dry with a clean towel to prevent any bacterial build up.


    Electro Stim

    ElectraStim Uni-Polar Electrosex Butt PlugYikes! The thought of mixing electricity and water is enough to make most people run a mile but to ensure complete hygiene, your electro stim sex toys must be cleaned after every use.

    All electrodes can be cleaned with medical wipes such as Pjur Med Clean Fleece Tissues or a soft cloth that is damp with water and Lovehoney Fresh Sex Toy Cleaner.

    Ensure everything is dry before storage by patting it with a soft, lint-free cloth.


    Solid Rubber and Plastic

    Value Lightweight Ball GagMany bondage products, including gags, cock rings, pussy pumps and nipple suckers, are made of solid rubber or plastic and should be cleaned like any normal sex toy.

    First, wash your rubber or plastic product in warm water, then spray with Lovehoney Fresh Sex Toy Cleaner making sure to rub it all over with a wet cloth. Rinse again with warm water then pat dry with a clean towel.


    Still need help?

    You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to give you advice on how to clean your bondage equipment properly. You can send an email any time, and telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor from 8am-10pm Monday-Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

    The other great place to look for people's advice on sex toys is on the Lovehoney Forum, where our community is on hand 24/7 to give their opinions and tips.


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