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How to care for rubber garments

Protex Medical Inc™ - Ideal Methods to Care for and Protect Your Rubber Garments

A Free Tutorial on the care of your Investment

One thing we want to point out: The longer we are in this business the more amazed we are at folks who won't follow instructions with the care of certain products. As a nation we spend money hand over fist and then when something goes haywire we wonder why the thing-a-ma-jig broke or doesn't work or falls apart. We are a throw away society and have never learned. Folks, rubber takes special care. You cannot treat rubber like plastic. Plastic has it's own problems, but nothing compared to the problems in caring for a rubber garment. That's spelled, special care, and if you don't understand what we mean by that, we can send you instructions that will prove the point. Granted, if you have never worn garments of rubber, you cannot be expected to know how to care for and treat the garment. So, for you in this position, please bear with us with this lesson of tough love. The lesson is meant to get your attention so you don't spend a lot of money on an item, use it, then become upset when it doesn't behave as you think it should. And, hopefully, by digesting the lesson below you will not make the same mistakes many of us have made, yours truly included.

Some of the misconceptions of a rubber product is the idea it can be taken off and thrown in a drawer and left there until next use. WRONG. Another problem is folks washing them in the washing machine. WRONG. Still another comes after washing and as soon as it is reasonably dry, you may feel you can now powder it. WRONG. We have seen folks keep a rubber pant in the trunk of a car. Some have been stored in the home where there is no air conditioning or either windows are left open. Others find they can store them in the shed out back or folded back in the corner of the closet. ALL WRONG! Never wash with hand soap or soap used for bathing. For years we have written, somewhat eloquently, that a rubber garment must be washed in cold water or at the very least lukewarm water. And detergent should not be used, but if you must use a detergent then a very, very mild detergent called Dreft will fit the bill. Never leave garment to dry without first patting it down on both sides with a fluffly towel and never leave to dry in the shower or bathroom. Then it must be left to dry 24 hours by hanging with a clothes hanger using the hanger front to back inside the pant and turned a minimum of 6 times.

All of this should be accomplished in a building of 72 degrees or cooler. Preferably with climate control and humidity control. Lastly, once dried only now can the garment be powdered with corn starch or an unscented powder which contains no oils. Then it can be neatly folded and placed in a refrigerator with a controled temperature of 45 degrees. If not in a refrigerator then placed in a glass jar with a tight lid. Only then can you be assured your garment will meet the proper requirements of care, thus affording the wearer many contented happy uses.

So, what have we learned?

  1. You live in a home without air coditioning or you don't use air conditioning much, don't purchase rubber.
  2. You store your rubber garments in a shed, don't purchase rubber.
  3. You store your rubber garments in the trunk or boot of your automobile, don't purchase rubber.
  4. You take off your garments and hurridly place them out of sight and out of mind, don't purchase rubber.
  5. You use hearty detergent or a washing maching for your rubber garments, don't purchase rubber.
  6. You leave them in the shower or bathroom to dry without first patting them down with a towel, don't purchase rubber.
  7. You insist on leaving them in the bathroom even after you have patted them down, don't purchase rubber.
  8. You don't have a dark dry closet to hang them the required length of time while they dry, don't purchase rubber.
  9. You don't have the time to air dry your rubber garments in a climate controlled atmosphere for 24 hours, don't purchase rubber.
  10. You feel you must pull on or take off your rubbber garments the same way you do your regular underwear, don't purchase rubber.
  11. You don't have the time for special care garments, don't purchase rubber.
  12. You insist treating rubber garments like plastic garments, don't purchase rubber.
  13. You leave your windows up at home, don't purchase rubber.
  14. You expect your rubber garment to last 6 months or longer on average, don't purchase rubber.
  15. You think you can get a refund, or another garment after we have seen the evidence of your misuse of a rubber garment? You should not only NOT purchase rubber, but think long and hard before you try to explain away the misuse of our rubber garments to someone who has both sold and worn and cared for these garments (most likely) longer than you have been sitting up and taking nourshement.

    Now, this seems a lot of trouble, but as pointed out in the above perfect scereno, if you will follow these reccommendations your garment will last you for many months of contented wearings. If storing in the refrigerator is not possiable, at least follow all of the other directions to the letter, otherwise you will be making additional purchases to replenish your supply or you will go without. And, let me say this: when we hear of complaints about a rubber garment going bad, we can look at that garment and immediately (as in 2 seconds) tell whether or not it has been cared for. How can we do that? Color. When the properties of rubber begins to break down the garment begins to fade or actually change colors. When we receive a garment back from a customer and that garment has changed colors or faded, we know immediately the garment was not cared for properly and was misused.

    A word to the wise. We may not have been raised in Texas, but this is not our first round up, so it makes no difference what diatribe we hear, explanations mean nothing when we inspect a garment and see it has been misused. So, purchase rubber garments and enjoy the wear, but learn to care for them properly, and if you can't or won't spend the time caring for them, we suggest making your next purchase plastic.