Neoprene might be a lesser-known material than leather and rubber, but it’s gaining popularity quickly among fetishists. It combines the best qualities of leather and rubber, it’s shiny, tight, stretchy, lightweight and most importantly, it makes you look sexy, svelte and tough. At Mister B, we design and produce our own line of super-hot neoprene clothing, which includes shirts, vests, aprons, underwear, harnesses and full-body suits. You can see neoprene worn more often at fetish events now; It’s not just used for watersports anymore.
It’s important to note that neoprene requires specific care instructions. Don’t be misled by its tough and durable exterior, neoprene is a sensitive beast that needs care and attention to protect its lifespan and wearability. You can play rough and dirty with it, but it’ll need a bit of that tenderness like a hypothetical cuddle session afterwards. Dry-cleaning is generally the go-to cleaning solution found on the care instructions list (and yes, we concur, always follow care instructions), however, here are some hot tips for cleaning your garment in between those costly trips to the dry cleaners
STEP 1: AIR-TIME IS KEY TIME. It’s very important to hang up your neoprene piece directly after wear. Once it’s crushed or folded, it’s a real challenge to get those stubborn creases out of the fabric. Hang your piece indoors away from direct sunlight, which can cause the material to dry out and crack. Only allow the product to be exposed to the sun when being worn outdoors and store it away in a dark place, like your wardrobe.
STEP 2: WHAT ABOUT WASHING? Some information suggests that you can machine wash your neoprene on a delicate setting but we’d avoid the machine altogether just to be safe. Hand wash it in water below 40 degrees Celsius. Mild detergent may be used, however, make sure you rinse the pieces properly. Hand wash your item just as you would other delicate clothing. Wash gently, squeeze out the dirty water, and allow it to soak a little while longer. If the neoprene is especially dirty or grimy, you may want to soak it overnight. And let’s be honest, the latter is the likeliest of conclusions.
STEP 3: DRY IT RIGHT. Let’s be clear, under no circumstances should you tumble dry your neoprene. Extreme heat will melt the fabric, ruin your garment and leave you a blubbering mess on the laundry room floor. To avoid this devastating experience, allow your neoprene clothes to dry flat on a towel or hang them by their ribbon tags on coat hangers. This will ensure that folds do not occur whilst they dry, leading to weak spots in the material.
STEP 4: STORE IT SAFELY. When storing your neoprene garment, you already know it should be done once it’s dry and stored in a dark place, but you should also know that you shouldn’t fold it. If you store the garment folded, you will end up leaving permanent creases running through the neoprene. To avoid this, store your garment lying flat or hanging properly.
It’s really just a little bit of care that is required to maintain a long lifespan for your neoprene garments, so don’t forget to do this after you get down and dirty in any of your neoprene gear. Just make sure to always get down and dirty first.