How to Tell if Your Mascot Costume Needs Maintenance

February 14, 2018

Had your mascot costume for a while now? It’s time to take a closer look at it and check it to make sure it’s in tip-top condition. If you’ve had it a long time, it may well need some maintenance to renovate it, so it looks good for your next event or public appearance.

It’s important to schedule in some regular mascot checks, even if you don’t use your mascot much. You want to build brand identity, so making sure your mascot’s in top-notch is a must. Eventually, it’ll need some TLC because of wear and tear, or maybe through accidental damage.

Here are three ways to tell if your mascot needs some maintenance…

#1 It Smells

One all-too-common challenge in owning a mascot costume is stopping it from getting too fousty. Don’t allow your costume to fully dry after it’s been used, and you run the risk of it smelling fairly quickly. Even if you don’t use your mascot a lot, it’s still pretty common. Chances are that no matter what you try, you simply can’t get rid of the awful ‘smelly socks’ stench. In which case, it’s time to take your custom mascot to be cleaned professionally. A reputable mascot manufacturer will have the right equipment and methods to have your costume smelling flower fresh in no time.

#2 Struggling to Perform in the Mascot

Having a hard time keeping the head on securely? Are the feet coming loose? If you’re having issues like this when wearing the costume, it’s likely yours needs a refresh. The last thing you want is to attend a public event in a costume that’s being held together with safety pins and duct tape – so be sure to check all fasteners like Velcro, zips, snaps and buckles. Make sure they’re working perfectly and replace them if damaged. After all, you want to focus on performing as a mascot character rather than worrying about your costume disintegrating!

#3 Mucky or Tattered Parts

The gloves and feet of a mascot are two of the first things that need replacing, as they do a lot of hand-shaking and high-fiving when out and about at events. So, make sure you double check them frequently. White cartoon gloves get marked easily and remain mucky permanently – even after efforts to wash them. It’s best to save yourself the hassle and get them cleaned or repaired professionally. Matted, worn out fur is another thing to look out for.

Want some more advice and tips about mascot costumes? Check out our blog where you’ll find loads of information, including How to Take a Fantastic Mascot Photo, How to Choose the Perfect Performer, How to Build Mascot Momentum and more.