Chlorinated rubber ‐ risks and side effects
We offer a chlorination service at an additional cost if you require it. Please request it when ordering. There are pros and cons as to whether chlorination is better or not, but it is an individual choice. To help make up your mind about doing it, here is some information for you to consider before you finally decide to get us to chlorinate your wonderful latex items.
The exciting feeling of wearing latex may make you want to chlorinate your beloved latex suit, however, the treatment with chlorine does not only have advantages, but it also has disadvantages.
1. Quick dressing without aid
Chlorination makes the surface smooth and silky. The latex slides on your skin and can be put on without any aid like silicone oil or talcum powder. Therefore chlorinated latex is especially suitable for clothes that are very large and laborous to put on ‐ for example a catsuit. The effect unfortunately disappears if the skin is clammy or if the skin was previously creamed.
2. No sticking-together
The latex clothing does neither stick together in the wet state nor in the dry state. This can spare your nerves and faciliate the handling. It is possible to polish the clothes in a tumble dryer using cold air and a soft towel. A basic shininess will appear. Despite this fact, a deep action care with silicone oil is strongly recommended.
1. For some garments the suitability of chlorination is limited
Some larger pieces of cloth with a low tendency to slide, such as latex used for catsuits, shirts or coats are among the items recommended for the process. Stockings, mini-skirts, short dresses or leggings can have the tendency to slip down due to the extremely smooth surface of the chlorinated latex (advice: moisten the inner surface of the stockings approximately 10cms down from the rim with a small amount of water which acts as an adhesion promoter and prevents your stockings from sliding down.) If you don't want to show your latex underwear by accident it is recommended to wear a strong belt.
2. Repairs difficult / impossible
Repairs are the biggest disadvantage: Only thick latex garments can sometimes be repaired in a satisfactory way by the “grinding method“. It is almost impossible to repair thinner latex.
3. The olfactory charmingness vanishes
Smell enthusiast will have hard times. The original smell will vanish completely and be replaced by a new odor. Especially a few days after the chlorination a residual smell of chlorine will be noticeable ‐ but the residual chlorine smell will vanish completely. The new odor can be described as somewhat "industrial". In case of thicker latex the inner layers of the material get only slightly chlorinated or remain unchlorinated. Here it is possible that a residual smell of the original rubber escapes to the outside and becomes noticeable. Important to mention: For the huge mass of chlorinated one should exspect a permanently altered smell.
4. Change of haptics
The material becomes thougher and stiffer. At the beginning the effect can be clearly felt, but over time and by wearing the material it will become softer. Due to the changed haptics the material appears to be of higher thickness than comparable, untreated rubber. A thin catsuit made of 0.25 mm latex will be perceived like a catsuit made of 0.40 mm latex.