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CARING FOR YOUR PVC

durch SheepEsmeralda 13 Nov 2023

LATEX VS PVC: HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

by Esmeralda on November 013, 2023


PVC or Latex, which one to choose? In our little pocket of the world, both are strong contenders for first place, and our customer base has been built around a love of these unique and innovative materials; each of which have a different allure, composition, and place in your wardrobe.

Where did Latex and PVC come from?

Latex   PVC

The wearing of Latex can be traced back to the early 20th century, when it was first used as a flexible and waterproof material, initially only for the practicality of it.

Since then, from the mid 1900’s, many started to embrace it as an alternative material in avant-garde fashion, and it gained a huge presence in the adult industry. In recent years, latex has evolved into a more mainstream and accepted material, going from the adult scene, to alternative subcultures and even making it onto the runway!

The likes of Astudo Kudo, Jean Paul Gaultier and Kim K x Thierry Mugler have brought latex well into public view, and it is beginning to lose a lot of the stigma previously associated with it.

How are they made?

Latex clothing is made from natural rubber, harvested from rubber trees. It starts its life as a sap, which is refined, and then has stabilisers, vulcanizing agents and pigments to it, as well as the occasional additional additive to improve its durability and elasticity.

From here it can either be used to make moulded latex items, or turned into sheets, which is what we use for most of our latex garments.

Our moulded latex gloves are made using the dipping process - a mould is made of the desired product, which is then dipped into a vat of liquid latex, and cured to reveal a final product, re-made in the exact same perfect shape each time.

The majority of our latex clothing is made from sheets, which our designers cut out by hand, and bond together, using a strong glue, to create the cutting edge pieces we are so proud of.

Where do they fit in my wardrobe?


Latex Look Body Rood $58.99


The glossy, second-skin nature of latex garments highlights the curves and contours of the wearer's body, creating an alluring and unique visual effect. The material's tight fit encourages a sense of confidence and empowerment, making it a popular choice for those who wish to celebrate their bodies and express their individuality.

Begin by investing in basic latex pieces like leggings, skirts, or bodycon dresses in neutral colours like black, red, or white. These versatile items can be mixed and matched with other wardrobe staples.

To make latex more suitable for daily wear, pair it with casual pieces in contrasting textures. For instance, pair latex leggings with an oversized sweater, or fur or denim jacket for a balanced and comfortable look.

Embrace the boldness of latex and wear it with self-assurance. When you feel confident in your outfit, it shows in your overall demeanour and makes the look work.

CARING FOR YOUR PVC

PVC is made from a fabric base with a polyvinyl chloride coating which provides the shine. Due to the nature and structure of this material, it is rather heat sensitive, and should be treated with care, by keeping it away from heat sources, not machine-washing or ironing it, and not overstretching it, as these can cause cracking or melting of the material. Non-organic solvents are another enemy of PVC, especially acetone (commonly found in nail polish remover) as these can distort the material.
PVC is naturally shiny, and therefore does not need to be shined in the same way latex does. Poor care and storage can cause PVC to dull over time, however if it requires a quick refresh, you can use a microfibre cloth to give it a little buff.

If I can’t machine-wash my PVC, then how do I clean it?
If the PVC is only being worn for short periods of time and stays relatively clean, some wearers may opt to temporarily freshen it up using a fabric freshener spray on the inside of the garment. This is only a short term solution and PVC should be cared for the same way you would care for any other garments. Follow the simple steps below to get your PVC garments fresh and clean;

1 - Choose your PVC cleaner - we like the BeGloss Vinyl Wash, but there are other products out there to choose from.

2 - Dilute your PVC cleaner with fresh lukewarm water, following the directions on the bottle, making sure the water is not too hot.

3 - Submerse the garment in the water and use a very soft cloth to gently wipe the surface of the garment to remove any visible dirt. You should keep the garment submersed for no more than 2-3 minutes.

4 - Rinse out the garment with cold clean water, then hand out to dry inside out to allow the fabric lining to fully dry first, before turning it back in the right way to allow the PVC layer to finish drying. The garment should be dried out of direct sunlight.

5 - Once dry, store your PVC in a cool dry place away from moisture to keep it in the best condition. If you have multiple colours of PVC (especially white) we recommend having some form of barrier between the colours in case of dye transfer as this can happen, and cannot be removed.

Different types of PVC

Many seasoned PVC wearers will be aware that PVC does not have much stretch, which makes up the majority of the PVC we sell. This PVC has some stretch across, but a minor amount of stretch in the opposite direction.

This is why we introduced the RAVISHX range, which stretches more, and in 4 directions, including along the diagonal! This kind of PVC should be cared for in the same way as regular PVC, however it can be much more flattering and provide a fit more akin to that of latex.

SHOP OUR NEW IN BELOW

 
Latex Rubber Arm Long Fingered Gloves $38.8 Body "Essie" Black $108

Mock Neck Pu Leather Skinny Jumpsuits $58.8

Mock Neck Red Pu Leather Skinny Jumpsuits $58.8

Latex Red Thigh-High Stockings $48.8

Shiny PU Leather Red Push Up Bra $33.8

 

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