Washing your Kigurumi
Kigus, like any item of clothing, eventually need to be washed. Fortunately, most of our kigus are machine washable– if your kigurumi has stiff plastic parts such as large stand-up ears or anything else you worry may get damaged in the washing machine (such as fur or other non-fleece parts), feel free to ask us any questions. Otherwise, these are the basic steps for machine washing your kigurumi.
Note: Avoid any sort of heat setting when washing your kigu– not only will your kigu shrink, non-fleece accents such as faux fur may be damaged.
1. Flip your kigu inside out– this helps prevent 'pilling' and keeps your kigu feeling soft.
2. Tuck the hood into the body of the kigurumi to help protect the embroidery and other delicate parts of the face.
3. Machine wash on the gentle setting with cold water with your favorite non-bleach detergent. Avoid washing with abrasive fabrics or anything with a zipper, buckles, or other metal hardware. The safest option is to wash it alone.
4. When drying, avoid heat, especially if your kigu features plastic parts or faux fur. If your dryer has a 'cool' or 'air-dry' setting, you may use that to dry your kigu. Double check to make sure that your 'cool' setting is actually cool, as dryers are sneaky. Otherwise, hang your kigu to air dry on a drying rack while taking special care to support the kigu– just placing the heavy, wet kigu on a hanger may stretch and damage the kigus' shoulders.
5. Never iron your kigu unless you want a giant melted iron-shaped hole in your fleece.
For stains, a non-chlorine based stain remover such as Folex or Spot Shot should do the trick. Make sure to test any stain remover on a small, non-visible part of your garment first.
Kigurumi, Pilling, and You
The bodies of our Kigurumi are made mainly from high-quality anti-pill fleece, but as with most fleece fabrics, after a while it begins to pill (so much for anti-pill, huh?). Fortunately, steps can be taken to keep pilling to a minimum and in most cases reverse pilling that has already taken place.
Some steps to help avoid pilling:
- Try to avoid rubbing your fleece as much as possible especially while washing, this is pill city.
- As cute as it is, do not drag your butt on the floor like a dog. Your kigurumi might look like a sassy dog, but your kigurumi's butt will end up with more pills than a pharmacy.
How do I fix my kigu when it's already pilled?
If your kigu begins to pill, brush the fleece with a fabric lint brush.
Caring for Faux Fur accents
If your kigu features faux fur accents, you'll need to take special care in making sure they look clean and don't mat. Run through the fur with a plastic comb every so often to keep it neat and tidy. Avoid combing the fleece. When storing your kigu, try and avoid folding the fur or it may become crimped over time. If your fur becomes stained, a small spritz of stain remover such as Folex or Spot Shot should remove most stains. Most importantly, avoid heat. Faux fur is made of thin plastic fibers, and will become damaged if exposed to excessive heat. For comprehensive info on cleaning and maintaining faux fur, check out Matrices' handy guide.
Embroidery is made from thread, and while sturdy, contact with 'grippy' surfaces such as brushes, velcro, and excessive rubbing may damage the embroidery. If the embroidery begins to unravel itself, a small dab of anti-fray fabric glue (I recommend Aleene's Stop Fray) on a cotton swab should do the trick. Take care not to get the glue on any fleece or fur as it may leave a smudge. Gently push the glue into the threads so that it soaks in– too much glue could leave a shiny layer on the top of your embroidery. DO NOT USE SUPER GLUE— it will leave a white coating once dry and look not-so-great. Don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to have us take a look at any issues you're having with your embroidery before attempting to fix it yourself.