Brush with a slicker brush or pet's brush the long fur and a bristle brush for the short fur. Before and after usage.
A quick way of cleaning and disinfecting is:
Place 50% water and 50% alcohol in an atomizer and spread it inside and ouside of the suit (head, hands, body, etc.). Any aerosol disinfectant can also be used (example: Lysoform).
Once ready, brush and leave out to dry in a ventilated place. Store it in an enclosed space afterwards.
In every case in which you leave any part of the fursuit out to dry, make sure it's somewhere ventilated and with no direct sunlight hitting the suit.
For storing the suit, if it's a minipartial or a partial it can be put inside a plastic container, in a bag, backpack, or suitcase. As for fullbody suits, armsleeves, and/or long tails, it's best if they're hung from a perch, in order to avoid any wrinkles and marks.
The place in which you store your suit must be an enclosed space, and it can't be too hot, too cold, nor too humid. This way you'll avoid any sort of dust or dirt from open spaces.
Washing your suit
Handpaws, armsleeves, tails, indoor feetpaws, bodysuits, and padding are washing machine-friendly, and are suitable for washer-dryers. Armsleeves must be washed with the buckle closed and bodysuits must be washed with the zipper closed all the way up.
Use neutral liquid laundry detergent to wash, as washing powder and other sort of detergents can leave residue on the fur.
Do not use laundry whiteners. To clean the white parts of your suit (or any sort of stain or dirt) use a prewash stain remover, which is a product you put on the stains before properly washing them. We recommend the brand "Trenet" in its roll-on presentation, though you can use any brand you like. If you have any questions or inquiries don't hesitate to contact us or do a brief test on a small part of the fabric.
If the fur (whether it be shortpile or longpile) looks rough or coarse, when washing, use a small dose of fabric softener. We usually use the brand "Vivere", but you can use whichever you find best. If you're having doubts about the result, do a brief test on a small part of the fabric.
Do not iron nor wash with hot water.
Be aware that wet fur turns VERY heavy when wet, as it absorbs the water. Read your washer's weight specifications carefully before washing.
Once the washing cycle is over, brush the WHOLE suit in the direction of the fur and hang it.
Drying your suit
Handpaws must be hung from the wrist, with the fingers pointing down.
Armsleeves must be unbuckled and hung from the elastic strap, separately.
The tail must be hung from the elastic straps, where you'd put a belt through.
Both indoor and outdoor feetpaws can either be hung from what would be the ankles or can be left resting on a wall on their tiptoes, as in, with only the fingers resting on the floor and the ankles higher than the fingers.
The bodysuit can be hung from the shoulders.
Padding must be squished in order to gget rid of any excess water, and can be hung from any part you find convenient.
If you're using clothes pins to hang your fursuit parts, it's best if they're put on top of the seams of the piece in order to avoid marks on the fur.
To make the drying process faster you can use a hairdryer (for example, for drying the inside of your handpaws, etc.), using cold air is fine. You may also use fans to make drying faster.
It's very important to make sure the suit is completely dry before storing it, which will prevent it from growing any type of fungus.
Cleaning the head
- The head must always be hand-washed.
- If your head has any white parts or any stails, use the stain remover before washing.
- Dampen the outer part of the head, in case of having one, with a shower head. If not, a hose or water can will do, but DO NOT fully submerge it in water.
- After most of it has been wet add the detergent on it, use the same detergent you'd use for the rest of the suit. Be careful and add it very slowly, as using too much can make it harder to wash out later on..
- Once there's foam and bubbles visible from the detergent, rinse. Certain parts, like the ears or the cheeks, will absorb more water than the others, so carefully squish them so all the soap comes out.
- Whenever no more detergent comes out of the water, squish the parts you feel have the most water one last time and leave out to dry.
- In every case, when hanging the head to dry, make sure it's in a ventilated place with no direct sunlight.
- As mentioned before, before drying, brush the head completely and let it rest on a tender.
Cleaning outdoor feetpaws and sandals
If you have sandals, they'll have to be washed with a brush using any sort of soap you like. Brush both the soles and the strips, rinse and leave out to dry outside making sure they aren't hit by sunlight.
As for feetpaws, use the same laundry detergent used on the rest of the suit, washing them the same way you'd wash the head (specified in the "cleaning the head" section). Don't forget to brush the soles, rinse, and leave out to dry (as written in the "drying your suit" section).
In the case of any sort of damage, stain or inconvenience you have, contact us so we can bring you the best solution we can.