FRK EDU: How to Properly Care for your Products

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    I think proper hygeene and keeping clean toys is very important. However, many people do not know how to properly take care of their toys. Moreover, many do not realize that the method of cleaning for each type of toy is different as the material is different.

    This even extends to Rope and Clothing. MFP Rope, PVC Clothing, Leather items require different cleaning methods. Therefore, I thought it would be great to create a bit of a tutorial on how to take care of your products.
     
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    Cleaning Your Toys

    Source: http://loveden.ca/toy-care.cfm

    "Keep your toys clean with a little soap and warm water. If you want, break out the hydrogen peroxide for that super clean feeling. Don't submerge the part of a battery vibe that holds the batteries. Do not submerge electric vibes at all.

    Leather harnesses can be cleaned with a damp rag, and nylon webbing harnesses can go in the wash with the rest of your laundry.
    Silicone dildos and plugs can be boiled up to 3 minutes, cleaned with a 10% bleach solution, or run through your dishwasher. For more delicate polymers stick to warm water and soap, and replace them every so often, as they are impossible to keep perfectly clean.
    Oil products destroy latex! That means oil-based lubricants, massage oils, butter, olive oil...anything containing oil. Use only water-based lubricant with latex."

    Silicone: Vastly superior to rubber or vinyl dildos, silicone warms up quickly, retains body heat, is non-porous and easy-to-clean. Silicone is completely hypoallergenic, and has no smell, or taste

    Cleaning:
    Run it through the dishwasher or boil it on the stove (3-5 minutes) and viola! -- your toy is sterilized.
    Silicone lube can adhere to and alter the silky surface feeling of your silicone toys. For best maintenance, use water based lubes.

    Jellies: These dildos are made of a translucent, soft, and flexible substance that looks like it contains air bubbles.

    Cleaning:
    This material is a less-porous form of rubber that can be cleaned with mild soap and hot water. Condoms are still recommended to use with jellies as they are somewhat porous.

    Rubber: Firm, flexible, and often heavy, rubber dildos are porous and often need more care to clean than the average toy.

    Cleaning: Rubber dildos should always be used with condoms, but can be cleaned with mild soap and water.

    Cyberskin: This material is soft and supple, and looks and feels remarkably like skin.

    Cleaning:
    Rinse with hot water (avoid soap or harsh detergents); as cyberskin is a very porous material and cannot be disinfected, use with condoms for safety. To keep the silky feel, sprinkle with cornstarch between play times. *Do not use talc, as talc has been linked to cervical cancer in women and should never be present in any form of vulva/vaginal play. Silicone lubes will melt a cyberskin toy, make certain to use condoms if you wish to use silicone lube with your cyberskin toys.

    Latex: Use only water-based lubes on latex, as oil-based substances will break it down.

    Cleaning:
    Latex is non-porous and easy to clean.

    Vinyl: Vinyl toys are light in weight, easy to clean, and come in many different forms and colors.

    Cleaning:
    Vinyl products are porous, but less so than jelly rubber toys and can be washed with mild soap and hot water. Soft vinyl toys will outlast jelly rubber, but not silicone.

    Health Concerns: Any material that is porous can harbor STDs, bacteria, yeast, and cleaning residue.

    Should STDs be present, condom use will protect your toy as well as it’s user.

    Yeast infections can be reintroduced with contaminated toys. Medicinal creams used to treat yeast can also cure an infected toy.
    Cleaners can leave behind harmful residue in a porous product which can be the cause of internal irritation. Commercial toy cleaners such as ‘Safe Suds’ safely and gently cleans even porous products.

    Many women have sensitivities to jelly products, latex and rubbers. Should irritation, rash or itching occur simply use a condom over your toy to avoid discomfort.

    If cleaning seems like too much of a pain and you still want to use your toy with more than one person, you could always just put a latex condom (or latex glove, in the case of some larger vibrators) over your toy and discard the glove or condom when you're done. Rubber dildos are porous and it isn't really practical to completely sterilize them, so you should either put condoms on them if you're going to use them with multiple people or switch to silicone dildos (which can be boiled to disinfect them, as mentioned above).
     
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    Cleaning Your Rope

    Source: [FONT=&quot]http://rainbowrope.com/all.html[/FONT]

    Simply put your rope in some sort of washable bag to keep it from excessive knotting — we use a mesh laundry bag or just a plain old pillow case tied shut.


    Place you 'bag-o-rope' into the washing machine, add you favorite laundry detergent and go ahead and wash on the normal cycle using warm water.
    If you'd like you can add fabric softener during the rinse cycle, as you would with any other load of laundry — I personally prefer to use a fabric softener drier sheet as opposed to liquid fabric softener.


    If you need to sanitize your rope, you can add a half a cup of bleach to the water — be sure to add it in such a way as to not splatter your colored rope


    After washing, go ahead and put the rope into the drier (leave it in the bag you washed it in). I always use a fabric softener drier sheet, or two. If you did not put fabric softener in while washing make sure you definitely use a drier sheet now.


    Set the drier to the 'air fluff - no heat' setting and let you rope tumble away until dry.


    *** NO NOT use heat when drying your rope***
     
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    Looking After Your Fetish Wear

    Source: www.cathouseclothing.com/care.asp

    PVC Clothing
    Washing
    Hand wash in warm water with a small amount of detergent (use liquid rather than soap flakes, as they can stick to the PVC). Make sure you wash inside & outside of the garment. Rinse inside & out thoroughly in cool water until all soap has been removed. Hang to drip-dry inside out. When the inside is dry, turn right way round & allow PVC side to dry.
    Shining
    If necessary, polish with a small amount of silicone spray. We also recommend armor-all or STP Son-of-a-gun, which are available from car accessory shops. Use a soft sponge or lint-free cloth for polishing.
    Storage
    Do not store different coloured PVC together as dark colours can stain lighter colours

    Rubber Clothing
    Washing
    Wash in warm water with a small amount of mild detergent – be sure to wash inside & out. Rinse thoroughly. Shake away excess water & dry flat. When garment is completely dry, dust the inside with talc.
    Shining
    The natural gloss of latex rubber can be enhanced by light polishing with a silicone spray. We also recommend armor-all or STP Son-of-a-gun, which are available from car accessory shops. We also sell 'Eros Cult' which is a rubber friendly lubricant and can be used to shine the outside and can also be used on the inside rather than talc
    Storage
    When not in use, store in a dark place or cover with a protective material such as a black plastic bag. Do not store different coloured rubber together as darker colours may stain lighter colours
    !Do Not!
    · Do not leave on or near heaters.
    · Do not leave in damp or moist conditions
    · Do not tumble dry, iron, dry clean or bleach
    · Avoid contact with oils, solvents & greases as they will destroy the rubber
    · Do not leave exposed to direct sunlight or artificial light (i.e. fluorescent lighting).
    · Do not allow to come into contact with copper, brass or bronze as this may stain the rubber.
     
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    Caring For Your Leather

    [FONT=&quot]How to Care for Your Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie[/FONT]
    The care of your leather clothing and leather lingerie is very important to keep it in like new condition. The most important thing to do is to follow the manufacturers care instructions. Some other things that you can do are:
    · If your leather clothing or leather lingerie becomes wet, let it dry at room temperature.
    · If your leather clothing or leather lingerie becomes stained, gently blot liquid stains with a clean cloth.
    · It is a good idea to use a repellent product to condition your leather item.
    · Store your leather clothing or leather lingerie on a wide wooden, plastic or padded hanger to help maintain the shape.
    · Do not store your leather clothing or leather lingerie in a hot or damp area.
    · Leather clothing and leather lingerie needs to be stored in a temperature controlled environment.
    · If you will be covering your leather when you are storing it; cover it with a breathable cloth like cotton sheets.
    · Do not cover your leather clothing or leather lingerie with plastic. The plastic will cause the leather to dry out.
    · Avoid exposing your leather to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.

    All leather items can last for a lifetime if they are regularly maintained and treated well. Leather is skin and just as you would clean your own, you need to clean and nourish your leather to help retain its durability and texture.

    Preservation:

    · Leather conditioners should be applied with a soft cloth to not only help in the cleaning process, but to also provide good water repellent properties.
    Cleaning:
    · Continual contact with moisture (sweat, rain, urine, alcohol, etc.,) can cause the leather to stiffen. Before you start cleaning the full surface of your leather item, test out the cleaner on a smaller, less visible area. Wait a few minutes. If you don't notice any color distortion, proceed with the rest of the item.
    · When cleaning your leather NEVER use strong detergents such as laundry detergent. Always choose a product that helps preserve the leather's natural lubricating oils rather than strip them away. Most cleaning products sold in department and shoe stores are safe. But, it never hurts to ask.
    · Warm soapy water, using baby shampoo or a similar soap, is the best cleaning solution for removing difficult or oily marks, stains or odors. Rub baby shampoo into the area of any oily stains before rinsing. Try to avoid cleaners that leave any sort of grease or residue. Residue can make leather vulnerable to bacteria, which will tarnish the leather and eventually break down the stitching. To remove the excess cleaner, use a slightly dampened cloth or a small brush around the stitching.
    · Make sure soap/shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly to avoid stiffening.
    · Leather should never be dried in front of a direct heat source as this damages the leather and also causes the hide to stiffen. Make sure to clean and treat your leather before it's dry. Never use heat to dry leather (it should air-dry) and always stuff the garment while it's drying, in order to make sure it maintains its shape.
    · When storing leather articles, don’t throw them to the bottom of the wardrobe, instead hang them up and make sure they are ventilated to prevent them from molding.
    · Get a Nubuck cloth; it's a great leather care tool for cleaning and restoring your item to its original look.
    · Clean your leather goods as often as you need to and make sure they're dust-free at all times.
    · Never use caustic household chemicals to clean your leather items.

    Removing Stains and Smells from Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:

    Sweat: When the leather becomes slightly stiffened or an itchy irritation occurs, this is usually a sign that sweat has permeated the leather. Washing in warm water with baby shampoo or fabric softener will help soften the leather and remove the irritation.

    Odors: To remove odors, use a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda crystals in about 1 quart/liter of warm water and let the solution soak into the skin.

    Oils and Oil Based Lubricants: These can be difficult to remove. Use baby shampoo or a similar soap in a few tablespoons of water and rubbing slowly onto the spots can help their removal. Rinse thoroughly. As another alternative, most oil or grease stains can be lifted by grinding up blackboard chalk, sprinkling it onto the affected area, and leaving the powder on for one full day.



    Wax: Place blotting paper or brown paper on the leather and then apply a cool/moderate iron to remove wax from leather. Keep applying the iron on clean blotting or brown paper, to the wax spot until the paper is no longer absorbing the wax.

    Urine Stains: Uric acid found in urine is very damaging to leather. When leather has been in contact with urine, it should be washed out immediately after use with warm soapy water (baby shampoo). Leaving urine-stained items overnight can cause irreparable damage.

    Blood Stains: Leather becomes stiff and odorous if blood is allowed to dry. If blood gets on your leather clothing or leather lingerie, hand wash immediately.

    Hygiene: Germs can be killed by soaking leather clothes in 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 gallon of water for up to 1/2 hour. Rinse thoroughly and hand wash immediately after bleaching. Bleaching can damage leather so minimal use is necessary.

    Removing Mold and Mildew: In case mildew builds up, mix one cup of rubbing alcohol with one cup of water. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and wipe the mildewed area. For more persistent mildew, use mild soap containing germicide and water. Wipe the excess soap with a clean cloth and let dry.
     
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    Washing Your Leather Wear

    [FONT=&quot]Washing Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie:[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Hand wash in warm water.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Use baby shampoo, mild soap or fabric softener. DO NOT use laundry detergent.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Gently squeeze the water from the leather clothing or leather lingerie. Do not twist or wring as this can cause the garment to crease or wrinkle.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Make sure to completely dry all metal fittings or they can rust.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Lay out flat on clean, dry towel to soak up extra moisture. Dry at room temperature without direct heat. It can take 48 - 72 hours to dry depending on the garment.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Apply leather conditioner with a soft cloth. Be sure to remove all excess leather conditioner. Do not apply leather conditioner to the suede side of leather.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]· Always store in a well ventilated area.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]If in doubt, have your leather clothing or leather lingerie professionally cleaned. Many quality dry cleaners offer this service.

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    Metal Fittings:

    Most buckles, rivets, studs, snaps, rings, etc., are nickel plated steel with the exception of chain which is chrome plated steel and other metal fittings that are brass coated. If the fittings are not cleaned regularly or cleaned and dried after contact with moisture, rusting will occur. When cleaning leather with conditioner, applying the conditioner to the metal fittings will increase their longevity. Surface rust can be removed with chrome cleaner, Autosol, WD40 (nickel), or Brasso (brass).

    For leather clothing and leather lingerie, it is recommended to look for manufacturers that no longer use nickel plating. Aside from the above mentioned problems, many people have a sensitivity or allergy to nickel which can cause painful irritations where it comes into contact with the skin.
     
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    Caring For Your Leather

    Repairing Damage to Your [FONT=&quot]Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie[/FONT]:

    If your leather clothing and leather lingerie becomes scuffed or scratched, scuff marks and scratches on leather can be disguised by applying a shoe polish/leather dye or marker pen. Test on inside of hem first to make sure shade isn’t too dark/light. Stitching which has been broken is best repaired with a heavy duty sewing machine. Many dry cleaners offer professional leather cleaning and repair services.



    Conditioning Your [FONT=&quot]Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie[/FONT]:


    · All types of leather need conditioning. The fats and/or oils found in conditioners help lubricate leather and replenish its suppleness.
    · Beware of products that contain petroleum or mineral oils; they will damage your leather goods over time.
    · Similar to cleaning products, avoid conditioners that leave thick, greasy residue. Instead, look for products that penetrate the leather's fibers.
    · Condition your leather items several times during the season. Do so more often if the item is exposed to hot sunny conditions or moisture.
    · If your leather has been dampened, restore its flexibility by applying a bit of conditioner just before it dries out completely. Lexol is generally a good conditioner for most leathers.


    Polishing Your [FONT=&quot]Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie[/FONT]:


    · For a clean and glossy finish, polish your leather item with a fine polishing agent. Be careful when polishing, as some products contain coloring agents that might stain the leather's natural color.
    · Some products might also clog the leather's pores, causing permanent damage. This is usually the case for waxes and many silicon-based products. (Again, you should always test out a new product on a small, less visible area before proceeding with the rest of the item.) Also, keep in mind that using mink oil or other animal fats might darken leather.
    · Buff your leather to a shine.


    Protecting Your [FONT=&quot]Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie[/FONT]:


    · Protection is perhaps the most important step of leather care. Obviously, you should try to protect every new leather item before wearing it.
    · It's recommended that you protect your leather item against moisture such as rain, snow, sweat, and other liquid hazards. Unprotected leather will stiffen and crack rather quickly. Again, beware of the protector you choose. Some protectors might fill the leather's pores with grease, which will eventually make cleaning, conditioning and polishing more difficult.
    · Always apply leather protector on clean, dry leather. Apply it periodically and make sure the item is dry before wearing it.
    · Several types of leather require more specialized maintenance. If in doubt, have your leather cleaned and maintained professionally.
    · Tana Style 16 Protective Spray protects leather from moisture and staining, and is recommended for all types of leather.


    Storing Your [FONT=&quot]Leather Clothing and Leather Lingerie[/FONT] - Leather Storage Tips:


    · Always store your leather items in cool, dry places.
    · Never store leather in plastic bags or other nonporous covers or containers.
    · When hanging leather pants or jackets, avoid using metal hangers.
    · Always stuff empty leather handbags with newspaper and use shoetrees when storing leather shoes and boots.
     
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    I received this pm


    What can I use to clean my toys? Recently I've just used a condom on the dildo as that is a lot easier to throw away and I get free ones at school so might as well...plus it makes it feel more real and not like "rubber".

    I had a painful/burning pee sensation and my genitals are a bit red and burns a little. The pain is going away and I'm just drinking a ton of water...any idea what this could be? I hope it's not a reaction to latex/rubber from the dildo or something. .I dunno...I'm confused...but it hurt/hurts.






    Does anyone have any advice or thoughts?
     
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    Here is the other "toy care" link (from the archive)
    http://www.edenfantasys.com/sex-guides-and-tips/guides/materials/
    (If you want to add this to your original thread, I will delete this post to keep your EDU clean!)


    and it sounds like a latex or lube allergy to me.
     
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    Holy.....well done Bubba.

    Can we get a sticky up in here?

    This is all relevant, and very important.
     
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    I totally agree with "anon" in that using a condom over a toy is awesome. It makes for much easier and safer clean up, it can be used as a 'handle' on an insertable toy (lots easier to pull out than by a cord), and it makes it safer for multiple partner play.


    Are the condoms you are getting at school different than ones that you have used before?

    It could be an allergy to a spermicidal lubricant - Nonoxynol-9 (most commmon spermicidal lube) is horrible stuff. More people than not are affected by it in some way.

    If you've never used condoms before it may be a latex allergy. Sounds like you've used condoms before so I doubt this is relavent.
     
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    Oh, and Cyberskin toys are garbage.

    They are a bitch to clean. and you have to use corn starch on them or they turn to a gooey mess.

    They do feel amazing though :hs:
     
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    So THAT is why my fleshlight doesn't feel so fantastic anymore.
     
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    mutha fuckin DAWT!
     
  16. The "anon" PM was me. My penis BURNED a little while after using my toy and also wankin it. I tried to go pee and I couldn't go pee very well and it burned when I peed. The pain did go away though within 30 minutes and was back to normal after 2 hours. I have not used the toy sense then though...I will give it another try. The condoms are lubricated Durex condoms and I believe they might be spermicidal...haha I dont think I need the spermicide. :p I will see what other kinds they have next time I go in. They just have a giant bucket full of condoms that you can take...pretty sweet.
     
  17. The burn was on my dick though...my ass felt fine haha. I'll give it one more try and see what happens.
     
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    HouseLing When masturbations lost its fun you'r fucking lazy

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    all that is just one more reason to promote glass, Pyrex, stone, and metal toys. Easy to clean, can use any lube, don't really need condoms. :coold:
     
  19. The thought of glass up there seems a little....hard? I'm sure cleaning is very simple though.
     
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    HouseLing When masturbations lost its fun you'r fucking lazy

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    it is a differnt experiance than a regular one. Takes some getting used to, and not for everybody. :o.

    For clrqnim just throw em in the dishwasher and your good to go. Or I suppose you could boil it like mentioned above, never tried that.
     
  21. Just used it and no pain. Who knows. Oh well. Good advice all around.

    As for the glass, maybe it works for girls...not so much for guys. I prefer to curve it as I use it. :dunno: Just named my toy too...guess what it is...lol.
     
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    Tigre :) can we get this moved to the Archive Sir?
     
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    Lovely Atlantis Luscious Lovely Lady!

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    Yes please! This thread is totally archive worthy
     
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    does anyone have anything else to add before the archive?
     

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