3 Signs Your Mascot Costume Needs Maintenance

Take a close look at your school or company mascot. If you’ve had the costume for a while, it’s very likely it could use some maintenance to restore it back to tip top condition, ready for your next game or event. Regularly scheduled mascot repair is a good best practice, whether you use your mascot a lot or only occasionally. Eventually it will require some TLC due to wear and tear or perhaps accidental damage.

Smell

Possibly the most common challenge related to having a custom mascot costume is preventing it from getting too stinky. If a costume is not allowed to dry fully before being stored away, it is likely that it will start to smell pretty quickly. This is a common problem, even if the mascot is not used very often. You may find that no matter what you try, you just can’t get rid of the unpleasant ‘gym bag’ smell. In that case, it’s time for some professional mascot cleaning. A reputable mascot manufacturers will have the right equipment and methods to get your costume smelling fresh again.

Dirty or Worn Parts

Typically, the first things that need replacing with a mascot costume are the gloves and feet. The gloves do a lot of hand-shaking and high-five-ing so check them regularly. Is the fur matted down and wearing out? White cartoon gloves can get stained easily and remain permanently dirty, even after washing them, so make a point of getting them professionally cleaned or even repaired. You might want to consider having several pairs of gloves ‘on hand’ so that you always make a sparkling impression with the public. Similarly, shoes wear out as well. Check the soles – if they are worn out at the heel, it’s time to get them replaced. If the rubber sole is coming away from the bottom of the shoes, you’ll definitely want to get that fixed as well.

Difficulty Performing in the Costume

If you are having any kind of difficulty while wearing the costume – like keeping the head on securely, or if the feet are loose, these are signs that it’s time for a tune up. You don’t want to go out in public wearing a costume that’s being held together with safety pins and duct tape, so make sure to check all fasteners such as Velcro, zippers, snaps and buckles. These should always be in working order and definitely replaced if broken. You want to be able to focus on performing as a mascot character instead of worrying about your costume falling apart.

The dedicated staff at Hogtown Mascots will make sure your mascot costume is always in perfect condition, ready for its next adventure. For mascot repair services, or anything else related to custom mascot design and build, contact us today at 1-877-622-8422!

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