There are several tips which will prove useful in caring for a whip being in a BDSM environment. It is important to remember that inattentiveness in the usage of whips unavoidably reduces its lifespan.

These simple rules will help to ensure the safety of your games:

  1. Only with practice will you learn to master your whip.
  2. You have to make sure that there is a sufficient space around for whip swinging, there are no objects to which it can be hooked causing damage to you or your partner.
  3. Do not leave your whip lying around, making it accessible to people lacking experience in using them. All whips are potentially dangerous. A well balanced whip can be a serious instrument and is dangerous if used unskillfully.

Precautionary measures should be observed with everything concerning the hygiene:

Before an already used whip is applied to practice with your new partner, the whip has to be disinfected! Thus, you will eliminate yourself and your partner from the potential of infection or skin disease. Acquiring disinfectant in your local pharmacy is the best way to go about. Use a non-staining solution which kills bacteria, viruses and fungus. There are medical surface cleaners that do not provoke skin irritation. Be sure to check the material safety data sheet of the product before use. It is necessary to condition your whip after the treatment, as the process may leave the leather dry. There are several products on the market which are good for whips, such as Pecard Leather Dressing and neatsfoot oil is to be avoided, as it promotes the growth of fungus and bacteria, weakening the leather over time.

The whip should be stored suspended in mild conditions and average humidity, out of the reach of insects. It is also important not to allow direct sunlight (depending on the dye the whip might change in colour). Do not under any circumstances leave the whip tightly convoluted or pressed in for too long – this can deform it and negatively affect the fundamental characteristics. Avoid the collision of a whip with any hard or rigid surfaces or sharp angles, whips are designed for use on soft tissues and will not maintain well with brutal treatment. Through extensive usage, the leather becomes drier and should be conditioned.