Cosplay costumes are unique, complex, and they make a statement. They are also expensive to buy and to make. That is why you want to maintain them to the best of your ability so that you can get the most wear out of them.
But being that cosplay costumes are so complicated in design and can have various types of fabric. You can have as many as three or four different fabrics making up your costume, which can make maintaining the cosplay costume rather complicated.
Washing the fabric:
You must pay close attention to the fabric. Different types of fabric have different types of maintenance. For instance, a costume may consist of silk. If this is the case, you always want to wash it with a mild detergent. However, machine washing can be too rough, so you want to hand wash your costume. This is ideal when your cosplay costume is made of different types of fabric. When the costume consists of both silk and cotton, the cotton will still clean up if washed by hand in a mild detergent.
And believe it or not, other materials such as satin may be present on the costume as well. Being that satin can be made of different types of fibers, you’ll need to be careful. Satin can be made of polyester or silk. You’ll need to know which your costume is made of because, if you have a costume made of cotton and satin, you may be able to machine wash it if made of polyester satin. If made of silk satin, you will need to gently wash your costume by hand.
Some individuals are more comfortable with washing their cosplay outfit by hand regardless of what it is made out of. The washing machine can be rather rough on clothing and shorten its life.
You don’t always have to wash your cosplay costume. You can simply spot clean it with a wet cloth if there are spots that can be easily removed.
When storing your cosplay costume, store it in a garment bag and away from areas that may encounter moisture. You don’t want your costume to become moldy or smell musty. If there is any indication that the area may not be favorable, hang the garment bag on the back of a door or another open area so that it does not obtain strange smells.
If you must, you can have your dress dry cleaned on a schedule. You can have it cleaned every 3 or 6 months, depending on how often you wear it and if it becomes accidentally soiled during an event.
Maintaining your cosplay outfit doesn’t have to be difficult. Maintenance has to do more with careful handling and ensuring that it does not become soiled. Where you store your costume also has a lot to do with how well you care for your costume. When you store it in the right place and clean it accordingly, you can get the most out of your costume.