How to Take Care Of Your Fursuit
Before You Start Suiting...
A fursuit is a very unique type of clothing. On the one hand, it is a performance costume which has to provide good properties for acting, while on the other hand it's made out of faux fur. That fur is perhaps the most problematic part of it all. It will make you sweat while you wear it, it will catch dust over time, and the hairs will get kinks.
All of that is inevitable - take good care of your suit, and you will be able to enjoy it much longer.
Use your common sense, trat it like you would threat a classic suit.
Put Your Suit On!
It may sound like a little detail, but take your time putting on your suit and don't hurry it. Most incidents happen while being in a rush.
It is advisable to have a second pair of hands when putting on your suit.
An often underestimated part of a performance is the clothing under your suit. Wearing HeatGear or similar underwear can reduce the discomfort by heat and protects the costume from being soaked in sweat.
The Performance is Over - What Now?
Take any brush you would use for your own hair and use it - The fur fibers tend to "memorize" kinks, but if you brush it regularly, you can reduce this effect. It's also recommended to turn your suit inside out, hang it somewhere to dry and spray it with disinfectant spray.
Washing Your Suit is Inevitable
The fursuit body is usually mashine washable - turn your suit inside out, use a cold program (e.g. not above 30º C) and use a delicate cycle.
Do not put it into a dryer, however! The dryer is too hot and will crumble the fur permanently. It is recommended to wash all other parts of the suit by hand.
The Next Con Seems Years Away - How to Store the Suit
It may be nice to put your fursuit's head on the your cupboard for show-off - however that's not a good idea. The fur again is our culprit once again: it provides a huge surface for any kind of dust and having it laying around will make it catch dust like hell. If you want to enjoy your suit for a long time, put it into a plastic bag in a dark box where it is protected from dust and sunlight. Make sure you store it without any kinks. Like I said before, the fur tends to memorize this, especially over time.