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Fluffies

The following page contains information on how to best care for your Dirty Catz Fluffies! Both Fur style and Unicorn style Fluffies are 100% machine sewn. I have designed them to be as durable as their base material allows for! 

You will see this over and over in the following topics, but plain old water and a mild dish soap are pretty much your best friends for all my care methods!

 

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Fluffies, Fur
The fur I use is 100% acrylic. Your fluffies can be either hand washed in a sink or bathtub, or washed in your washing machine. If you do not have a good washing machine (ie, you're using a local laundromat) I would suggest hand washing at home, as those machines can be unpredictable and I personally don't trust them! When in doubt, hand washing is the safest route.

To hand wash your fluffies, fill a sink or bucket or even your bath tub with cool to luke warm water. Avoid hot water! Add a small amount of laundry detergent to the water and agitate the water to distribute the detergent. Place your fluffies in the water and squeeze them until they are saturated with water. Drizzle a bit more detergent over them and really work the detergent into the fur. Lather it up, swish the fluffies around in the water to rinse most of the detergent out, then drain the water from wherever you are washing them in. Run the fluffies under cool to luke warm running water to remove any leftover dirt from the bath water as well as any leftover soap. If the water from your fluffies is still dirty looking, refill your sink, tub, etc and repeat the process. Once the water runs clear, you may refill the water one final time and add a little fabric softener to the water. Swish your clean fluffies in the fabric softener water, squeezing the water into the fur. Rinse clean one final time, then wring the water out.

To machine wash your fluffies, you will want to do so on a Delicate or Hand Wash setting. These use cool water and less agitation, and are gentler on faux fur items. These cycles are also shorter than other wash cycles. Use a small amount of laundry detergent and if you so choose, fabric softener. If you are washing WHITE fluffies, you can add a cap full of bleach to your machine and it'll help make them white again! If you are washing COLORFUL fluffies and they are a bit dull, you can use a cap full of color safe bleach to help brighten any fluffies that seem permanently dulled by dirt. 

To dry your fluffies, please only ever let them air dry! Do not use a machine dryer or a hair dryer as these can produce high heats, and can melt your faux fur! You can hang them to dry using a pants hanger, or you can lay them flat on a towel to dry. Hanging fluffies will dry faster but will sometimes get a "crimp" in the elastic band where they are clipped to the hanger. Laid flat fluffies will not get this crimp, however they will dry slower and you will need to flip them over periodically so the other side can dry. Depending on the ambient temperature in your home, fluffies may take anywhere from 24-48 hours to fully dry so please be sure to plan accordingly!

Please do not attempt to brush the fur when it is wet, no matter how matted or scraggly it looks! When the fur is completely dry, you may use a brush or a comb to fluff the fur up again. It may look a little sad when wet and while drying but once fully dried and brushed, it will fluff up beautifully!

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Fluffies, Unicorn
Only wash in cool water, and never in a washing machine!!!

If only the fur is dirty, simply fill a sink with cool water and some laundry detergent. Lower the fur portion of your fluffy (only one at a time) into the water and squish the fur in your hands to work in the soapy water. If your fluffies are very dirty, you may need to drain the water from the sink and fill again with cool, soapy water and repeat the squishing process to remove the dirt. Once you are satisfied with the dirt removal, run cool, clean water from the tap over the fur, again squishing as you go. This will remove the soapy, dirty water.

If your sequins are dirty as well, please wash these first, then move on to washing the fur portion of your fluffies. Take care to still only wash one fluffy at a time. If your fluffies only need a light cleaning, you can simply wipe the sequins down with a damp soft cloth in a gentle, downward motion, then move on to washing the fur. If you require a more serious cleaning, fill the sink with cool soapy water and lower the entire fluffy (fur and elastic included) into the water. Gently swish back and forth and the dirt on the sequins and mesh backing will come off with ease. Once you are done rinsing, run the entire fluffy under cool water to remove any soap (squishing the fur to ensure it all comes out).

To dry your fluffies, please only ever let them air dry! Do not use a machine dryer or a hair dryer as these can produce high heats, and can melt both the sequins and the faux fur! You can hang them to dry using a pants hanger, or you can lay them flat on a towel to dry. Hanging fluffies will dry faster but will sometimes get a "crimp" in the elastic band where they are clipped to the hanger. Laid flat fluffies will not get this crimp, however they will dry slower and you will need to flip them over periodically so the other side can dry. Depending on the ambient temperature in your home, fluffies may take anywhere from 12-24 hours for the mesh backing and elastic and 24-48 hours for the faux fur to fully dry so please be sure to plan accordingly!

Please do not attempt to brush the fur when it is wet, no matter how matted or scraggly it looks! When the fur is completely dry, you may use a brush or a comb to fluff the fur up again. It may look a little sad when wet and while drying but once fully dried and brushed, it will fluff up beautifully!

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