Just like any normal woman, sex dolls need a bit of TLC too. It’s important to keep your sex doll well maintained and clean to prevent any damage. Luckily, they can be easily washed down in the shower or the bath – although you might be tempted for a quickie once she’s all wet! Looking after your doll and keeping them in good condition can add years to their life, just follow our guidelines below.
Having sex with your sex doll
When having sex with your doll, either anal or vaginal, you should use a water-based lubricant like K-Y Jelly. Not only will it make the experience more realistic, but it’ll also help to avoid any tears to the skin. You should also be careful when trying out certain positions as realistic sex dolls can weigh quite a bit. Avoid putting weight on delicate areas such as the hands or ankles – like in doggy style – as this can damage them. Always support your doll with cushions when experimenting with different positions
Cleaning your sex doll
Regardless of if you have a silicone sex doll or a TPE one, you can clean them both by hand with hot water and soap. It’s important to wash your doll regularly, especially after sex, to keep her fresh and hygienic. We recommend using a mild soap, preferably antibacterial, to avoid any potential reaction. Coloured or fragranced soap can potentially stain your doll so stick to something plain. Try to avoid getting the head wet, especially when bathing your doll, as the head is more delicate and it’s harder to dry out all the cavities. For the head, use a warm face cloth to rub over the face, neck and head.
You can buy specialist cleaners which may make the process a little quicker. Anal or vaginal irrigators can be inserted into the cavities to rinse them out.They work like a douche by squirting water from a nozzle. For best results, start with cold water, straight after sex, then finish off with warm water and soap. If you don’t have a specialist irrigator, a squirty bottle can work just as well.
Once you’ve washed your doll, dry off with a clean towel using a dabbing action. Avoid blow drying as this can damage the skin. We recommend using talcum powder to dry up any remaining water. Talcum powder (or baby powder) will also give your doll a soft feel. If your doll ever feels tacky or sticky, just re-apply a little powder.
Washing the hair
If you’re buying a sex doll for the first time, you may not know that dolls wear wigs – what better way change the look of your doll – a brunette on the weekdays and a blond for the weekend? Wash the hair separately with a mild shampoo and conditioner and allow to dry naturally. Gentry brush the hair afterwards to keep it tangle free.
We don’t recommend using a hairdryer but if you must, use the coolest setting to avoid damaging the strands.
Storing your doll – preventing damage
All of our dolls are made to the highest specification, so you don’t have to worry about damaging them through regular use. When not in use, it’s best to keep them is a cool dark place away from any strong odours. Avoid direct sunlight too as this can age the skin and cause discolouration.
You can keep them in the packaging they came in when not in use if you have the space or you can buy specialist hangers for the wardrobe if you prefer. Make sure to store them in a comfortable position to avoid any damage that can be caused to due to the weight of the sex doll. Also, be sure to dress your doll in colourfast clothing; i.e. clothing that will not transfer dye onto your doll’s skin. For this reason, don’t wrap your doll in anything that contains ink, such as newspaper. TPE dolls are more prone to staining as they are more porous than silicone sex dolls.
It rarely happened, but if you accidentally drop and damage your sex doll, don’t worry. There’s all plenty of great products out there for repairing TPE and Silicone sex dolls with a good variety of helpful tutorial videos and guides.
Sex doll maintenance quick checklist
- Use a water based lubricant during sex
- Support your doll using pillows or cushions with certain positions
- Clean the body regularly with mild antibacterial soap and warm water
- Clean the vaginal and anal cavities with an irrigator or squirty bottle
- Wash the head separately using a face cloth, never fully submerge the head
- Wash the wig separately using a mild shampoo and conditioner
- Towel dry your doll and avoid using hair dryers as these can be damaging
- Sprinkle talcum powder onto the skin to thoroughly dry it and keep it soft
- Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and bad odours
- Avoid non-colourfast clothing or anything which contains ink
Different types of sex dolls
When we’re talking about high-quality sex dolls – not the blow-up types you see being dragged along to stag nights – there are two main types to choose from: TPE (or thermoplastic elastomers for those who give a damn) and silicone. Both are different types of rubber which each have unique qualities. Depending on your budget, your visual preferences and how you want your doll to feel will affect the kind of sex doll you go for in the end.
TPE sex dolls
When sex dolls were first introduced, manufacturers experimented with lots of different materials to achieve a realistic look and feel. Materials such as latex vinyl and textiles were used with little effect – they didn’t achieve a realistic finish and felt little like the real deal. TPE is actually a blend of rubber and plastic which makes it flexible and easier to work with which is why it’s one of the most popular types of sex doll around.
TPE is also softer to the touch which makes it feel more like real skin. As well as love dolls, a lot of everyday household objects such as handles, grips and cushions are made using TPE. Advanced manufacturing techniques such as injection moulding and forming means body parts such as the mouth and the vagina can be made to look and feel authentic.
The material is also very durable and holds up to stress due to its flexibility, elasticity and it’s unique shock absorption properties.
The benefits of TPE sex dolls
- Value for money. TPE is relatively cheap compared to other materials used in sex doll manufacturing
- Easy to mould. Advanced manufacturing methods ensure a realistic, life-like appearance
- Soft to the touch. TPE is a much smoother and softer material – giving a skin like finish
- Life-like. The squeezable texture gives the body a realistic feeling
- Huggable. TPE retains warmth just like a real person and is also odourless (no nasty latex smell!)
Disadvantages of TPE sex dolls
- Prone to staining. TPE is a porous material, part of what makes it soft and flexible. This does increase the likelihood of it getting stained (carefully with the red wine!)
- Can’t be sterilised. Due to the porous nature, it’s not possible to fully sterilise a TPE doll.
- Quality variation. A lot of sex dolls can suffer from quality issues due to the blend of materials being used. Be sure that you’re buying your doll from a trusted site
Silicone sex dolls are made out of a silicone rubber, a common material found in everyday goods like bakeware, wristbands and the majority of sex toys.
Silicone Sex Dolls
Silicone can be produced in various stiffnesses – it can either be stiff or flaccid depending on the requirements. Most sex dolls are in between this scale, but oftentimes the firmness relates to specific body parts. The hips and legs are designed to be firmer than say the hands and face.
Silicone is very versatile and high quality which is why it’s even used in implants (you probably know women who have about as much silicone in them as our dolls). It’s been around for longer which means more advanced manufacturing techniques are used in production.
The benefits of Silicone sex dolls
- Realistic look. Because it’s been around longer, silicone sex dolls can be made to look VERY realistic
- Robust. Silicone keeps its shape and can withstand weight
- Stain resistant. Silicone in non-porous which means it holds up to staining better. This also means it can be sterilised (a concern when buying a second-hand doll)
- Smoother. The non-porous texture means it feels super smooth (great, no stubble!)
- Reliable. Silicone sex dolls have been around for a long time – tried and tested
Disadvantages of Silicone sex dolls
- Expensive. Silicone costs more as it is an expensive material to produce. It’s made from materials that are rarer than the plastics found in TPE
- Harder. Although smoother, silicone is generally harder and less flexible than other types of sex dolls
- Fragile. Because it’s more rigid, it’s more prone to tearing. It can withstand a lot of weight but certain areas can be ripped if proper care is not taken
Choosing the right type of sex doll
So as you can see, there are pros and cons for both types of doll. Silicone vs TPE is a debate that’s been going on in the sex doll community for years, with neither side showing signs of relinquishing soon.
The good news is that both types are hypoallergenic, meaning it’s very unlikely you’ll be allergic to your new doll. Also, they both retain warmth which adds to the realism. They can both be bathed or showered to warm them up and clean them (although it’s easier to use a USB vagina warmer for heating purposes).
Ultimately if you’re on a budget, we’d suggest opting for TPE but if you have a bit more money to spare, go for silicone for a super realistic look. If you have even more money to spare, go for both! They both have unique qualities, but in the end it’s down to personal preference.