Costume Care Guide
- Be very careful when putting on your suit. These are not clothing and should not be treated as such. Carefully pull the suit over your body. Do not force anything in. The backing of the material is fragile. When zipping up, go slowly being sure to not catch anything in the zipper. It is always easier to have a second person to help you in and out.
- We recommend wearing Under Armor® or some form of spandex under your suit. This allows for the best movement and helps greatly on keeping you cool.
- Be extra careful when handling the head. Do not hang on by the ears or nose.
- With each commission, we have supplied you with a fur brush. We recommend using this before and after each time you perform. This keeps the fibers in the best shape.
- Turn your suit inside out and spray thoroughly with disinfectant spray.
- Always hang your body until it dries, then it can be folded or stored away.
- Spray down the rest of the suit as well. You can turn paws inside out to help them dry.
- Bodies with minimal airbrushing are machine washable. Make sure you use cold water and a delicate cycle.
- Use fabric softener, but never use bleach.
- Do NOT put anything into a dryer! This will melt the fibers and destroy your costume! Always air dry and brush out any fur periodically until it's dry.
- Paws and tail can be hand washed with cold water and laundry detergent.
- Be very careful with any airbrushed spots.
- Do NOT ever use a blow dryer. This can burn and melt fibers on your suit very easily. Always air dry.
- Always be careful when cleaning any part of your costume, especially the head. It is the most fragile piece. Wash with a cold cloth. Do not submerge completely in water.
- Never store the suit unless it is completely dry and sprayed with disinfectant.
- Always try to hang the suit right side out on a hanger. It can also be stored neatly folded.
- Make sure there is ample room for the head. Never store anything on top of any part of your suit.
- If you are short on space, suits can be stored in a large tote. These are easy to find and very cheap. They work great for quick transporting too!
- When traveling by car, use a hard plastic tote to store your suit. Fold everything nicely and don't overstuff inside the tote. Make sure the head is on top and has room around it. Never place anything on top of the tote!
- Don't forget your disinfectant spray!
- Traveling by plane is tricky. If you can, mail your suit to a friend or to your hotel. Otherwise find a large enough hard travel suitcase. Type up directions on how to fit the suit back into your suitcase for when it's inspected and taken out by the airline. Also putting a photo of what's in your suitcase may help you. Suits probably look weird going through the airline's X-ray machine.
- Do not rely on taping your suit if you're on an airplane. Most airlines will inspect taped packages. Make sure you use a suitcase with a manual lock or something that clips closed.