While brushing is important, here's what washing with a good cocktail of cleaners can do haha. Doing a complete restoration on a suit for a local client. Left picture left paw is untouched while the right paw is brushed. Right picture however is after being washed. This cocktail really gets a deep clean and brightens dingy whites:
• One load amount of laundry detergent (no fabric softener!)
• 3 cups white vinegar
• 1 cup Folex
• 1 cup baking soda
Add all this to Luke warm bath water and let the suit soak a few hours. Go about your normal routine for scrubbing and whatnot in the meantime. Rinse and toss in the laundry on cold and gentle. Hang and brush.
CAUTION this cocktail WILL strip airbrushing something fierce. I only do this for the deepest of cleans in order to restore the fur. Vinegar and backing soda removes residue and the Folex removes stains. Means the entire material gets cleaned and stain free. Also removes almost all odors.
Not allowed to reveal what costume this is yet as the owner is wanting to re-debut this at Great Lakes Fur Con but was allowed to post these.