Product Care

Deadly Couture takes no responsibility for damage to items which have not been properly cared for.

Latex

Avoid sharp objects when handling and putting on your latex. Fingernails, toenails and jewellery can all rip your latex. Take your time when putting on garments and wear disposable gloves when dressing if you have long nails to avoid tears.

Light coloured and translucent latex will permanently stain if it comes into contact with copper based items, including coins and jewellery. Most jewellery contains traces of copper.

Ensure the garment is well powdered (using baby powder or cornstarch) or lubricated (using water based silicone lubricant) before attempting to put it on. You can also put your latex garments on in the shower under running water. Pull on gently, taking care that fingernails, toenails and jewellery do not tear the material.

Shine your latex using a silicone lubricant or latex shiner. Do not use oil or petroleum based lubricants to shine your latex such as baby oil, Vaseline or massage oils as these will deteriorate your garment. We suggest not using body lotions or creams before putting on your latex as these can also cause staining.

Polish to a high shine using your hands or a lint free cloth. Be gentle with appliques and trim details as rubbing too hard can lift the detailing off.

As soon as possible after wear, wash the garment in a mild soapy solution of luke warm water or specific latex cleaner and rinse again thoroughly with fresh water inside and out. Hang up to dry on a non-metal hanger away from direct sunlight or towel dry.

Leaving your latex dirty after being worn will harm your latex and will most likely stain it.

Some latex colours can develop a white milky sheen after being soaked in water, do not be alarmed! This is a characteristic of latex and will disappear as soon as the latex is thoroughly dry.

Latex garments should be stored at a normal room temperature away from sunlight. Smaller latex items such as gloves or accessories can be wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a drawer. Larger latex items can be placed in a cotton garment bag inside a closet.

Using tissue paper between metal fastenings and the latex will reduce the risk of the metal staining the latex.

Light coloured and translucent latex should be stored separately from darker coloured latex as darker latex can transfer onto light or translucent latex items.  

Do not store your latex besides PVC or leather items as both of these materials can stain or damage latex with long term exposure.

PVC & Wetlook

PVC clothing is made from a plastic coated fabric & can be damaged if not worn or cared for properly. 

The fabric can get scratched from sharp objects & also creased over time.

Although the fabric does have stretch, if over-stretched the plastic layer can lose its smooth texture & stay striated, lose some of its original shine, & possibly tear.

PVC does not require any shining products but some customers can choose to use a silicone polish when needed.

For spot cleaning, wipe with a damp cloth & spray inside with a fabric refresher product.

If necessary, PVC should be hand-washed with a mild liquid detergent & warm water. Turn inside out & lay flat to dry.

Absolutely no machine dryers or irons as excessive heat can damage the plastic coating.

Items can be stored hanging in a garment bag away from other clothing. PVC does crease over time so folding may speed up this process.

PVC does stick to itself, so it would be better to store items separately.

Different colours of PVC (especially white) should not touch each other for long periods of time as they can transfer colour & cause stains.

Excessive humidity or dry environments can cause the plastic coating to flake or peel.

Corsets

Steel boned corsets require some breaking in and getting used to. 

Always ensure that you are unlacing and loosening the back of the corset before undoing the closures at the front busk. 

Similar to breaking in leather shoes, corsets also require breaking in. This is called ‘seasoning’. Seasoning your corset will take time, and although it is tempting to tighten it as much as possible on your first wear - give your corset 7-10 days of gentle tightening to break in. This will ensure the corset breaks in nicely and forms beautifully to your body.

Again, do not over tighten - this can damage yourself and will severely impact the life of your corset.

Avoid re-shaping the bones or busks as they bend to the shape of your body as this may result in a weak point in the metal.

Different materials will break in at different speeds, for example, leather, satin and mesh will break in quicker than taffeta and cotton.

Please be aware that if you share your corset, you will undo the progress made on shaping your corset to your body.

Under no circumstances should a corset ever be put in the washing machine. Steel boned corsets contain steel boning which will rust and become unwearable. 

Corsets should not be dry cleaned.

It is safe to occasionally spot clean with damp cloth and water only. If water alone does not remove the dirt use a pea-sized drop of delicate non-bleach laundry detergent and gently rub until clean. Apply the soap to the cloth, rather than directly on the fabric of the corset and rub until clean. Take a clean, damp cloth and wipe the soap off the corset. 

Always leave your corset to air dry open and flat to ensure any residual moisture is evaporated and air can circulate around the corset.

Please be mindful not to bend the boning as you store your corsets - laying flat in a drawer will be perfect but be careful not to crush the shape. 

Keep your corsets out of direct sunlight as the sun may bleach the fabric.