OUR GUIDE TO
So you want to try flogging, but you’re not sure where to begin?
Practice makes perfect – make sure you are comfortable with your skills before trying this on your partner. If done incorrectly flogging can lead to something called «wrapping», which is when the tips of the flogger overshoots the desired area and hits other areas, often with additional force, which could cause serious damage. Until you are sure you can hit the desired area, you should protect vulnerable areas with, for example, clothes or blankets.
If you use cuffs in addition, you also have to look out for signs of circulatory issues. Indicators include colorchange, loss of feeling, and temperature drops. If you notice these signs, or anything else unusual, stop immediately!
WHICH FLOGGER SHOULD I CHOOSE?
A flogger usually consists of a solid handle, and one or more tails of different materials. Floggers come with different sizes, number of tails, and materials.
The biggest difference to be aware of when choosing floggers is the sensation it gives. The two types are “stinging” and “thudding”. A stinging sensation is felt in the upper layers of the skin. A thudding sensation is felt deeper, almost like being pushed.
The more tails a flogger has, and the broader the tails, the more thudding the pain will be. A flogger with fewer, thinner tails will provide a stinging pain instead. Beginners should be aware that a big flogger with many tails can be difficult to control. Some floggers have very soft tails as a good beginners alternative.
STORAGE AND CLEANING
Since floggers are made with porous materials, it can be difficult to keep them clean, and prevent formation of bacteria, and spreading of infection. Because of this we recommend that you use the flogger with a single partner. Better safe than sorry, right? You should clean your flogger after each use, that way it is ready when you are. Never submerge in water. A damp, soapy cloth is good, but we recommend also sterilizing it with a toy cleaner.
Floggers made from leather or suede usually need a leather-treatment or leathercream to keep in tip top shape.
Floggers made from horsehair also need some special treatment. The hairs should be washed in liquid soap and hot water. Then use a towel to dry, and a wide brush to comb through.
Always airbry floggers, otherwise the material could become stiff and crack. It should hang in a ventilated area, and you should jostle the tails once in a while to prevent it from stiffening.
Take good care of your flogger and it will serve you for many years.