Fursuit Gear: Cleaning & Upkeep

Products that help you keep your costumes fresh and clean.
For a guide on how to wash your fursuit, go to http://cleanfursuits.weebly.com.

Brushes

Brush your suit before and after wearing, washing, and storage to prevent matting. Slicker brushes are often recommended, but a rubber brush can help prevent pulling fur from the fursuit (rubber brushes are often also called silicone, curry, shampoo, and/or massage brushes).

Tip for rubber brushes: Get the ones with the spikes in straight lines, not the circular patterns with teeth. Fursuits need brushing particularly for straightening the fur so it doesn’t matte. Other designs may pull at the fur or backing and wear the costume over time.

Tip for slicker brushes: Try to get brushes where the metal tips are capped. Uncapped metal ended slicker brushes can tear your fursuit backing (especially near the edges of the suit, like the collar), can pull out excessive hair, and the pins bend, making any “self-cleaning” brushes less effective over time. Of course the tipped ends also tend to fall out over time too, so overall I’d recommend a silicone brush, personally. Still, these damages take a long time to accrue, so the type of brush you use is entirely up to your preference. It is possible to avoid damages by changing how you brush your suit (don’t use as much pressure).


Alcohol Spray

Create a solution of 50% water and 50% Isoprophyl alcohol and put it in a spray bottle to use to quickly disinfect your costume before or after wearing. Helps keep your suit fresher and cleaner longer, so you do not have to wash it as often (Alcohol spray is NOT a substitute for washing your fursuit!).
Listed here is 99.9% Isoprophyl Alcohol solution, but 70% can be found in just about any drug store. Adjust the ratio to 70% alcohol 30% water for the sprayer.
Tip: Popular “fursuit sprays” are just alcohol, water, and something for scent.


Cleaning

Recommended by Fursuiter’s World for more convenient cleaning of fursuit heads.

Dryers

After wearing or washing your costume, hook them on these dryers to get them dry safely and quickly!
Tip: You must get dryers with no heat options. You do not want to use heat with your suit. Everything listed below either does not use heat or has a no heat option.

Odor Control

Store these with your suit to help reduce odor and keep your costume smelling fresh in between uses (NOT a substitute for washing your fursuit!). I store all my parts with a dryer sheet and some desiccant.

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