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How to Care for Your Fursuit

Guide

Taking care of your fursuit is important! Here's a specific guide on how to properly care for your ElkCraft fursuit

Head Care

  • DO NOT put your head in the washing machine or dryer. This could severely damage the fursuit head

  • Heads can be disinfected from the inside with disinfectant spray (Example)

  • Heads can be cleaned on the outside with regular fabric spot remover, based on whatever the spots are made of (stain remover for food stains, etc.)

  • Make sure to store your head in a cool environment; heads stored in overly hot locations are prone to structural damage! 

  • I advise against dunking/washing you head fully in a tub a water. If you are thinking about doing so, please contact me first for specific instructions.

Bodysuit Care

If you have a digitigrade bodysuit, please read THIS:

  • DO NOT put your bodysuit in the washing machine or ESPECIALLY the dryer. Drying the suit in a dryer can heavily damage the fur fibers which is usually irreversible

  • ALWAYS air dry your bodysuit. Make sure to brush the fur intermittently as the fur is drying.

  • For washing, I highly recommend the tub method (see under 'Tub Method'

  • Make sure to remove the stuffing from the upper leg before submerging the suit in water

  • For the attached feet, simply lean them over the side of the tub. They can get wet, but be careful how much water they take on, as excessive water can cause mildew to grow over time without proper drying.

  • For the inside of the legs below the knee, disinfectant spray can be used, much like on the head (see above)

  • The outside of the feet can be cleaned with spot remover, much like on the head (see above)

If you have a plantigrade bodysuit, please read THIS:

  • DO NOT put your bodysuit in the dryer. Drying the suit in a dryer can heavily damage the fur fibers which is usually irreversible

  • While the tub method is still my preferred choice of washing, planti suits can go in the washing machine if you so choose. Make sure to wash on COLD water cycles only. Never hot or delicates. More details on how to machine wash your bodysuit here

  • ALWAYS air dry your bodysuit. Make sure to brush the fur intermittently as the fur is drying.

Handpaw Care

  • Handpaws can be taken care of through basic stain removal and disinfecting.

  • I would advise against putting handpaws in the washing machine. If you must, make sure to put them in something such as a pillow case first. However, please keep in mind washing in a machine can pose a possible risk to the stuffing and structural integrity of the hands. I only would suggest machine washing if your handpaws are in major need of a deep clean.

Feetpaw Care

For un-attached/plantigrade fursuit feet, please read THIS:
  • DO NOT put feet paws in washing machine or dryer. Tub wash only for feetpaws.

  • Feet should mainly be cleaned through standard disinfecting and satin removal. Tub/water washing should be reserved for major deep cleans.

  • When getting the feet wet, make sure not to submerge too heavily, as excessive water can cause damge and possible mildew growth in the stuffing down the line. 

  • Always make sure to squeeze as much water out of the feet after tub wash before leaving out to air dry.

Extra/Other Things to Know

  • Tails can be cleaned by general disinfecting and spot removal

  • If you have any specific questions or want to try cleaning your fursuit in a unique way, please contact me first for info on the best way to go about it and/or if your fursuit can handle it.

  • Depending on how frequently you fursuit, most fursuits need a good washing every 2-3 times they're worn out. It never hurts to wash them after every outing, but going a in-between 2 outings with no wash shouldn't cause any major damge to your fursuit.

  • However, always make sure to at least disinfect after every outing, as well as applying some scented fursuit spray. No one wants to be around a smelly fursuit!

Resources

These are all great site to check out for more info on any questions you may have
  1. CleanFursuits (general fursuit care)

  2. Fursuiters World (detailed info about washing machine.tub washing processes)