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The lifespan of your mascot depends primarily on how well you take care of it. Like any physical investment, regular maintenance and cleaning prolong the life of your asset. A mascot costume that is worn, torn, and falling apart, reflects poorly on your brand’s image. We don’t want that to happen to you! Therefore, we have compiled our five favorite tips to extend the life of your mascot costume.
Properly caring for your mascot costume every day is the most important thing to do to extend the life of your mascot.
The day to day care of your mascot is essential for preventing issues with your costume and thus essential for prolonging the life of your mascot costume. If you have any questions about how to care for your mascot, ask your mascot company.
MASCOT TIP: Download our mascot care instruction guide for information and best practices to keep your mascot in pristine condition.
In addition to airing your costume out and wiping it out after every use, it is important for you to wash your mascot regularly.
MASCOT TIP: Creating a regular mascot cleaning schedule will help extend the life of your mascot costume and will keep it looking new and fresh all the time.
Mascots have busy schedules—a lot of wear and tear can occur over time. The parts that wear out first are often the gloves and shoes, so make sure to repair or replace these parts as needed. If there is evident wear on certain parts of the costume, reach out to your mascot company to get a replacement.
It is quite a bit more cost effective to replace specific parts of your mascot costume than it is to replace the whole costume. Keep an eye on the parts on the mascot costume that see the most use, so you can be prepared for when they need replacement.
Storing and shipping your mascot properly will prevent damages and protect against outside substances which will make your mascot last longer. There are many options available for storage and shipping accessories.
When repairs are needed, make sure to address the issues as soon as they come up. Continuing to wear the costume and waiting too long to fix it can cause unrepairable damage, meaning you would have to purchase a completely new costume. If your costume is damaged, the best decision is to get it fixed by a mascot professional. Refurbishment can range from deep cleaning to resewing or replacing certain parts of the costume. Just like you go to the doctor for check-ups, we recommend that you get your mascot cleaned and repaired every two years.
MASCOT TIP: A consistent refurbishing schedule will make sure that your mascot is always up to par and functioning properly. Click here to learn more about mascot refurbishing services.
Each of these tips are critical for extending the life of your mascot. Following each of these steps and having a regular mascot care routine will help extend your mascot costume’s life significantly. If you have any specific questions on how to care for your costume, the mascot professionals at Olympus Mascots would be happy to help you extend the life of your mascot. Is your mascot in need of professional refurbishment? Click here to get in contact with our refurbishing team!