TLC: How to Care for Your Bondage Gear

Bondage gear care is an essential part of keeping your sex life on an upswing. The more we care for our gear, the longer the pleasure ensues. BDSM lifestyle products are not cheap. Purveyors of handmade bondage gear take pride in what they do and design their gear to last. It goes without saying once you buy bondage gear, you will have to take care of them. Here are some techniques for keeping your toys and gear in tip-top shape.

Leather Bondage Gear Care

Bondage Gear CareLeather is porous and any untanned leather will soak up moisture which includes water, lubricants, sweat and sexual fluids. Once your gear absorbs moisture it can become dry and possibly crack, split or snap, making it extremely unsafe.

The first line of defense is cleaning your leather using a soft cloth and applying warm water. Yes, this may seem counterintuitive but the warm water can help dilute any oils left on the surface. Blot dry the item with a dry cloth and air dry.

Soften and condition old stiff leather by cleaning with some saddle soap or a leather conditioner like Lexol. Use a stiff bristled paintbrush for applying the oil or soap sparingly. Take the time to properly layer your coats of saddle soap or conditioner and wipe away the access. Leave the leather out for air drying and away from direct heat or sunlight.

 

Suede Bondage Gear Care

http://freethenipple.com/Suede often gets a bad rap for being difficult in maintaining. But don’t let this fact scare you from experiencing its versatile nature. It’s recommended that you condition the suede with a protector before using it. Pre-conditioning can protect your suede from accidental stains or moisture. If you gear gets wet during play, simply pat it with a dry cloth and hang for air drying. I highly recommend investing in a suede brush and using it after the fun is done on your suede gear.

Small stains can be removed by gently rubbing the area with a slightly damp rag. If you’re nervous about removing larger stains, take your gear to someone who specializes in cleaning suede.

Latex Bondage Gear Care

I bought a pair of rubber pants in Amsterdam a while back. When pulling them out of the closet recently, I noticed the legs were fused together. Believe me, latex is a tricky material to maintain. The problem is latex absorbs oils like crazy. My first mistake was not washing off the oil transfer from my body. Keep your latex looking shiny and new by cleaning it with warm water and fragrance-free soap. After washing your goods, air dry and polish with a specially designed latex shiner or water-based lube.

Coated Metal Gear Care

http://freethenipple.com/Bondage gear usually comes with metal fittings that are either nickel, chrome or brass plated. When fittings such as buckles, rivets, studs, snaps, or rings come in contact with moisture it will lead to rust. This, in turn, can ruin the longevity of premium bondage gear and render it useless. Don’t forget to pay attention your fitting when maintaining your gear. Remove any moisture using a clean, dry cloth. You can apply a little WD40 or Brasso which helps keep your fittings from rusting.

Storing Your Bondage Gear Care

Remember when we were kids and our moms would yell, “pick up your toys!” Part of caring for your toys is keeping them stored properly. With that being said, make sure you don’t store your gear in moist areas. Leather, especially, needs to be kept in a cool, dry place. You can wrap your leather gear in butcher paper and place it in a drawer. Better yet, I recommend keeping leather with leather, nylon with nylon, and metal with metal. It’s a great way to prevent your toys from tangling.

Nourishing and storing your bondage gear with care will help retain the durability and texture over time. Treat your bondage gear with TLC, and I guarantee, your bondage gear will last a lifetime.