You’ve invested a lot of money into collection so obviously you’d want to ensure the best performance from your toys. We have put together a fool-proof guide to making sure you get more bang for your buck from your bedroom buddies.
As soon as you receive your new toy make sure that you go down the following checklist to avoid disappointment:
- Inspect your sex toy for imperfections, including rough seams (you may be able to file down very small seams with a fingernail file), discolouration (which may be an expected part of the manufacturing process or indicate extreme temperature exposure), or tears in softer materials such as jelly and realistic materials.
- Check for cracks in acrylic, glass, and plastic toys or plastic pieces of toys (battery packs, handles, etc.).
- Insert fresh batteries to make sure the toy works properly.
If you have any questions about your product, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We always want you to be satisfied with your purchase… in every way!
Any sex toy collector worth their salt will tell you that it’s all about having the right lube! With so many on the market, it can become confusing when choosing the right one for you and your toys. Choosing the right lube is key to keeping your toys in the best shape as possible and it makes the whole experience miles more enjoyable! Here are a few useful hints for helping you choose your next lubricant:
- Water-based lubricant can be used with any sex toy.
- While silicone lubricants are perfect for use with a partner, a silicone lubricant should never be used with silicone sex toys, nor should it be used on any realistic material (CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, FauxskinTM, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, Etc).
- Never use an oil-based lube or petroleum jelly on any toy that will come into contact with or be inserted into the vagina (may increase risk of vaginal infections), or with anything made of rubber/latex, including latex condoms (will disintegrate latex).
As we all know, sex toys aren’t just a solo pursuit and chances are that you and a partner will want to share the fun! By all means share the love but bear in mind the following two tips:
Switching it up – if you want to switch between anal and vaginal use, even on yourself, you must thoroughly clean the toy to avoid infection, and to avoid introducing bacteria into the vagina.
Shrink wrap – the best way to avoid bacterial transmission is to use a condom over the toy and change it whenever the toy is used for different partners or orifices. This method is hygienic, fast, and extends the life of your toys by protecting the material.
When to Replace Your Toys
No sex toy lasts forever, and some, depending on frequency of use, may last a very short while, so how do you know when it’s time to say good-bye?
- Mechanical features slow or stop working, even after battery replacement
- Mold or mildew has formed on the material, or the material is deteriorating
- Battery corrosion is seen inside the battery pack
Much like shoes, the more you use a sex toy, the quicker it will wear out, so it’s possible to go through a toy a month-or to keep one for as long as a year. Just be sure to replace your sensual friend and don’t try to fix it yourself!
Cleaning Your Sex Toys
Regular cleaning is key to maintaining the integrity of the material of any sex toy. Be sure to wash before first use and immediately after each use before storing. Always be careful to keep water and cleanser away from battery cartridges and electrical parts. The safest way to clean most of your sex toys is to use an antibacterial cleanser, such as our Loving Joy Sparkle Sex ToyCleaner.
How you clean you toys will depend on what material they are:
- Silicone: Hypoallergenic and easiest to maintain, silicone dildos and non-battery-operated toys may be boiled for two to three minutes, or washed with soap and water. NEVER boil silicone sex toys with electrical components. Let them air dry completely or dry with a lint-free cloth before storing.
- Plastic/Acrylic/Glass: All can be washed with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap and sterilized using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball (rinse thoroughly afterward); acrylic and glass toys may be boiled or submerged in hot water if they’re not battery-operated.
- Rubber/Latex and Jelly: These products are extremely porous, so be sure to wash them thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial hand soap, and rinse so that no trace of soap is left, as it can degrade the material and cause irritation to you. Again, while it’s a good idea to use a condom with any insertable toys, it’s an especially good idea with these materials.
- Realistics: Names include CyberskinTM, FuturoticTM, NeoSkin®, Soft TouchTM, UltraSkin, and FauxskinTM (if you’re unsure of the type of material, check the packaging or product page, or contact our Customer Service department), and this type of material is widely used for erection rings and masturbation sleeves, as well as vibrators and dildos. Thoroughly wash with warm (never hot) water and a liquid antibacterial soap, then let air dry completely. Once dry, sprinkle with “renewing” powder. Never use talcum powder or baby powder, as these can cause irritation and sometimes larger problems for women (pure talc is fine but very difficult to find).
Important: Because sex toys not only touch your skin, but touch very intimate areas of your body, it’s extremely important to know whether you have any allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, cleansers, etc. If you’re not sure, we highly recommend that you do an allergy test on a small patch of skin, such as the wrist, before using any product. For more information on cleaning toys and related subjects, please be sure to read the FAQ section of this article.