How well you take care of your fursuit and how often to perform cleaning maintenance is super important! Washing it frequently and ensuring it's being treated with care will extend the "life" of your suit and keep it looking brand new!
What to wear under your suit:
It is highly recommended that you invest in a couple sets of underarmour tops and bottoms to wear under your costume. It will not only help wick away the sweat and keep you cooler it will also keep the suit drier and prevent it from getting smelly and nasty so quick. It will definitely be worth the money and help keep your suit looking nice.
How you store your suit is also a very important part of overall costume care. You want to keep it somewhere safe where it isn't going to get too hot, cold or damp. A dry, room temperature place is ideal. I would advise hanging your bodysuit up in a closet, it will keep nice and prevent the fur from getting permanent creases or otherwise messed up as it might if you keep it stuffed in a container. It is also important to make sure it's dry before storing to prevent mold from forming.
Having a hard plastic storage tote(s) or case for transporting your fursuit to and from a con is suggested, some even come with wheels. Having it in a sturdy case will keep it safe from the elements and getting damaged. Always take extra care when packing your suit up and don't squish any parts just to make them fit, they could potentially get stuck that way. Some people even write notes to advise TSA to handle their costumes with care.
-Body suit and handpaws
Fill up a bathtub with cold water and put your suit and paws in. Add a small amount of gentle deteregent such as Woolite to the water. Use your fingers to scrub into the fur and pay particular attention to areas that are the dirtiest. Carefully flip the suit inside out and do the same. Once satisfied with scrubbing you will want to drain the water and fill the tub up with water again to give the suit a light rinse. Then drain all the water out again and make sure you squish as much out of the suit as possible. After place your suit in a laundry basket or something to transport it to your washer. Evenly distribute the suit inside the washer and set it to a cool gentle rinse, just a rinse. Having it spin in the washer will rid the suit of a lot of water and help make sure all the detergent gets rinsed from the suit. Once done, turn your suit right side out again and it should be dry/light enough to hang up. Hang it on a hanger and give the suit a good brushing. You should use a fan to help with the drying process. About every hour be sure to check on your suit and brush it again to make sure it dries nicely.
Hand paws may be washed in the sink since they are smaller, you will also use cold water and a tiny amount of detergent. Instead of putting them in the washer like the suit, just make sure they get rinsed well in the sink and squeeze out all the water you can. Follow the same steps as cleaning the hands and body when cleaning the feet. They take longer to dry but still can be washed. If you want, feet and hand paws can be put inside a pillowcase tied or pinned shut then ran through the rinse cycle of the washer as well. Once you've done that, put them on a flat surface with a towel and give them a good brushing. Having a fan on them as well will speed up drying. Be sure to brush them every hour as they dry. Feet paws may take days to dry so be one hundred percent positive they are dry before storing.
You may clean the inside of your head with a mixture of two parts water to one part alcohol in a spray bottle. Be sure not to spray on the eyes and to use lightly. The mixture will help santize your suit without the chemical affects that frebreze and other deodorizers have. Do not attempt to machine wash head, if you wish to deep clean your head please consult us via email for more help!
Do not use any form of heat such as dyer, hair dryer, or iron. These things could melt the fur and do more harm than good.
Always be cautious of your surroundings when suiting and avoid dirty/messy areas. This will help keep your suit cleaner longer.
*these are general cleaning tips, some suits may need different, special care. When in doubt, simply ask.