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You oil your floggers.

You clean your paddles.

You store your favorite singletail properly.

Or you provide instructions to your pet on how to do it.  Here’s what you need to know about violet wand maintenance.

Collect your supplies:

  • A soft dry cloth will be your major tool.  A shoeshine cloth that has some ‘felting’ to its surface works best, though any good soft cloth will do.  If you’re lucky, you might stay in a hotel sometime that offers them free with the toiletries. You will also need at some point:
  • Plastic polish
  • Metal polish
  • Small, flat bladed screwdriver, jeweler’s type

The wand body:

The wand body should be wiped and buffed with the cloth.  To bring your wand body to a high shine, use a good quality plastic polish.  This will also buff out any scratches it might have picked up.

If you have a favorite boot-black, it is possible to put them to work to ‘spit shine’ a wand’s housing with shoe polish, though it should be kept to a thin coat.  If using alcohol for the spit shine, be sure your wand is unplugged and DRIES completely before using.  If you ‘burn shine’, its preferable to burn the polish in the can rather than using a lighter on the wand body as excessive heat can mar the finish.

Cords and cables:

Wipe down the cords to the wand and any cables that you use, and check the integrity. Keep plug ends corrosion free by polishing with metal polish and allowing to dry.

Metal parts:

Metal parts on wands, toys, tools and electrodes can be kept from corrosion with metal polish and a soft dry cloth.

Here’s a handy maintenance list for your slave/sub:

  1. Wipe down and polish the wand body.  Check body for any cracks.
  2. Turn knob slowly clockwise the whole way, then slowly counterclockwise.
  3. Make a visual check of interior of nosecone, checking that anything foreign (such as broken endcaps) is not present in wand collet.
  4. Use cotton swabs to remove dust from wand collet.  Check that collet is not loosened or bent.  Use jeweler’s screwdriver to unbend or adjust.
  5. Wipe down electrical cord and plug to remove body oils and dust. Check plug and cord for any nicks or fraying.
  6. Store wand with cord wrapped around body.
  7. Polish metal ends and connectors to all wand tools, electrodes and accessories.  Use an extra coat if they are going to be stored for any length of time.
  8. Wipe down any cables and cords, checking for nicks or kinks.
  9. Wipe down glass electrodes.  Sanitize electrodes with a bleach solution, betadine, benzalkonium chloride, or your other favorite sanitizer.  Glass electrodes can collect dark residue from body oils.  This can be removed with soap and a dish scrubby.
  10. Using a strong light, check glass electrodes for any scratches or cracks.
  11. Check that endcaps are firmly attached.

Long term storage:

  1. Perform the above.
  2. Store wand with the knob turned completely counterclockwise.
  3. Store with cords loosely coiled.
  4. Put a packet of silica gel in wand nosecone.
  5. Extra packets of silica gel in your kit case will be very helpful.
  6. Do not store in excessive hot or cold temperatures, or areas of high humidity, such as attics or basements.

Antiques:

  1. Perform the above.
  2. Use a mini vac attachment to remove dust or particles from interiors.
  3. Use furniture polish on any wood parts.
  4. Oil or moisturize any leather parts, especially before storage.
  5. Flexibility can be restored to stiffening older cords with an electrical cord solution developed for the purpose.
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