Keep your fursuit looking cute with these handy guides!
Surface Cleaning - Immediately After Every Wear
After wearing your head for any amount of time, you'll want to surface clean it. The best way to do that is to have an antibacterial wipe, and wipe down the inside of the suit, particularly the parts that your head and face have touched and breathed on.
You can also use a plain paper towel with a half and half mix of water and rubbing alcohol on it. This kills the bacteria that causes a bad smell.
Once wiped down, it is suggested to place the head with the zipper open over a fan or air vent so it can dry up quickly.
To prevent odor you can also spray it with a scented fursuit spray, or add essential oils that are FOOD SAFE into a spray bottle of 50/50 alcohol and water. They must be food safe as these oils will be touching your face and can irritate you.
Spot Cleaning-As Needed
Sometimes you might notice a stain or some dirt on the outer surfaces of your fursuit. That's not good, as you want to keep your suit looking and smelling its best! Before you go ham on attacking the stain, make sure you test a smaller spot of the suit towards the back with every new cleaner you use to see how it will react. Sometimes certain types of fur react poorly to a cleaning solution and it may make things worse. Once you have your test spot done, you can proceed to getting rid of your stains.
We highly recommend Resolve foam carpet cleaner for stains, as well as the old standby, Folex. Another good alternative is Fels-Naptha as a bar that you can wet a towel with and use to rub a stain out. All of them work really well with getting out ground in stains, and are available in travel sizes for emergencies at events. You want to try and catch any stains as soon as they happen and don't wait for them to set. The minute you notice a stain, and you can take a break or take the costume off, I would do so and get started right away in applying cleaner.
The most important thing about getting out a ground in stain without deep cleaning is friction and pressure. you will need to rub the cleaning solution into the fur VERY FIRMLY once the setting time has passed, and wipe away the dirt and grime with a towel. Agitating the fur with a hard bristle brush works very well. Having a small toothbrush for spots on the head is advisable, as the head gets the most friction naturally due to how it's handled, you don't want to rub any part of it too hard, as it's most prone to bald spots over time.
Deep Cleaning - After Periods of Prolonged Heavy Use
Deep cleaning your fursuit is only necessary after it's been worn for a very long period of time in conditions that didn't allow for adequate cleaning, such as a convention, or a multi-day event where you wore the costume for many hours at a stretch. Or, if you are prone to sweating a lot while in suit, you should do it as often as possible after 4 hours of continuous wear.
The sweat and moisture that accumulates after such periods of use is not possible to remove entirely by surface or spot cleaning alone. That said, you don't want to deep clean a suit TOO often, because it will ultimately result in fur loss, and pilling.
To deep clean a suit, we suggest Hand washing in a bathtub or large sink. Mix some laundry detergent in with water, and thoroughly douse the neck first. agitate the fur and liner on the neck until it is cleaned through. then move on to the head with a soft scrub brush or wet cloth. wipe the surface of the head down with the cloth and soapy water, and rub where it may be dirtiest or you noticed more staining, as well as areas like the inside of the mouth where moisture can build up from breathing.
Also make sure you get to the areas that touch your face. Our new 2020 fursuit eyes are waterproof, so don't worry about getting them wet, but if you're not sure about your suit eyes, ask your maker if the eyes can get wet. Some can't, and you may damage them if you're not careful!
The eyes on our suits made from 2019 and earlier cannot get fully wet or they will bleed ink.
You can also fully submerge the head in the eventuality that odor is a big issue, and it needs all surfaces inside and out to be cleaned.
The biggest thing to do after fully submerging a head is not to squeeze the back of the head, as that is upholstery foam, and basically a glorified sponge that will sap up the most water and be the biggest risk for the growth of mold.
Once you have cleaned the entire head, put it over several large box fans if you can after toweling it as dry as possible, and possibly stuff the head with a dry towel and change it out every hour or so until it is 100% dry.
It may take several days of this to dry a head out completely so it is safe to wear again, but it is worth it! If the weather is nice we also recommend possibly leaving it outside in a shady, safe area free from bugs to dry out.