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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Not mentioned in the Memories section? Washing suits with padding? 
14th-Jul-2008 09:01 pm
I looked in the Memories section, but didn't find anything that could answer the following questions. I've always heard that getting the padding/stuffing/foam wet is bad and that it is a pain in the tail to dry as well as prevent mold. Any and all advice about washing/drying padding/stuffing/foam is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

When washing a fursuit that may have padding sewn directly in the suit (i.e. non removable) such as for digitigrade legs or somewhere else, How would you go about washing that suit and/or drying those particular areas that have padding sewn in? Wouldn't the padding take forever to dry and there also be the possibility of mold?

I've also heard in the past of people putting footpaws in the wash. Wouldn't that be bad also as it would take forever for the foam to dry?

What about people who have dive skins or other undersuit garments where the padding/foam was sewn/glued directly to those garments rather than the bodysuit? How would you go about washing/drying the dive skin/garments?

Any tips or suggestions for fursuit bodysuits that have the tails directly sewn to the bodysuit? How would you wash that? How would the padding/stuffing in the tail be removable?
15th-Jul-2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I was my padding all the time in the washer/dryer. Couldn't imagine not washing it, ewww.

Just leave it out to dry for 24 hours. That works 100% of the time for me.
15th-Jul-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
with bodysuits, a hand wash in a bathtub with some good washing detergent and some fabric softener make things nice and simple - add in a little disinfectant to the water if you're worried about mould growth.

As for drying, to do it as fast as possible you want a well ventilated, dry, hot area with air flow. think a hairdryer on a large scale! Or... Just a warm room with an extractor fan, or outside if it's warm and sunny. Hot + windy + dry air = dry suit, fast :)
15th-Jul-2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I can't speak for padded legs, but my suit has the foot paws attached and I washed it in the bathtub. It takes a good 10 hours for the foot paws to dry, just set a big box fan on high, point it at the suit, and about ones an hour squeeze the water out (because all the water from the rest of the suit will get abosorbed into the foam) Once its dry disinfect it, store it.
15th-Jul-2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Tub wash!

I have a foam tail on my Beef Jerky fursuit. I just tie a bag around it with a rubber band and that helps prevent it from soaking up too much water. It still gets a bit wet, but thats okay since it doesn't take that long to dry.

I air-dry my suits after shaking as much water out as possible.

For the first time I had to majorly wash my entire footpaws after getting some mud on them pretty bad. (usually I just spot clean, then air dry) But I had to rinse them off a bit in the tub. I tried not to get too much water on them, but they soaked up quite a bit. It took about 2 days to fully air dry, but they don't seem like anything happened and look just as good now that they are dry.

I usually dry my suit outside on a line, and bring it in before dark.
15th-Jul-2008 03:09 am (UTC)
My mum would wash all our shoes and pillows and whatnot, all of which have foam padding of course, and would hang dry the pillows on the clothes line or set the shoes in the window with the tongues pulled out over the laces. I think if you waited for a sunny, hot and dry day to wash your suit and hung it out on the line to dry it would be dry in no time. Just make sure to wring it out first and then go outside and turn it on the line so that it dries evenly (all the water will run to the bottom as it dries and you'll need to wring those spots out again so it dries quicker.)
Another note: make sure you hang it horizontally like a tent...or even better yet, drape it over two lines. This will prevent it from having all the weight pulling on one or two spots.
15th-Jul-2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I've had no problems with the padding in my suit with the front loader. Comes out good and dry.
15th-Jul-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
i am too scared to fully soak wash a suit and mine has padding

i wear a bodysuit under it which soaks up what little bit i swear. and when i am done i turn it inside out and give it a good spray down of febreez and that colorox anywhere spray (i test that first so far it has hurt nothing) i would rather follow this reguime everytime after wearing it than let it get skummy and then throughly clean it. i also brush and wash the fur from time to time with a few "pet bath wipes" as they work better than normal hand wipes...

but then again i avoid physicall extertion like the pluage when i am in suit and i just plain to sweat much to begin with....for those who just naturally get sweaty reall easy i can see the need for a full soak and wash..
15th-Jul-2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I've washed puppets and stuffed animal pretty often, soaking them good, and though it sometimes takes quite a long time to fully dry, I haven't had an issue. None of my current suits have padding but I can't see how it'd be different.

With a good (or two) spin cycles to get as much water out as possible, a great sunny day and/or a big fan blowing on it should make it dry before it molds.
15th-Jul-2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, also, it's be possible to include an invisible zipper somewhere along the tail to allow the stffing to come out for washing. I remember seeing a tail (it was a fox tail if I recall ok) that had a zipper included to make it easier to stuff because of the way the pattern was made. Once the zipper was closed you couldn't see it in the fur. That could work...
15th-Jul-2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I have put this under Memories --> WASHING

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