Wired Ear Care Instructions
Our line of realistic high-quality ears are made from a blend of materials and colorants including luxury faux fur, acrylic pigment, and steel mesh. While our repair warranty guarantees that we’ll fix any injury to your ears that we are able to, keeping your ears in good shape keeps you from having to go to the trouble of using that warranty in the first place.
Storage:During long-term storage, ears should be kept out of direct sunlight, in an area that maintains mild temperature. Fluctuations from hot to cold temperatures and back can cause the faux fur fibers to become frizzy and rough, and prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause colors to fade. Keeping ears in a bedroom closet is usually best. If ears become bent or flattened during storage, slowly bend them back into place. Bending ears quickly may cause the steel mesh to gradually heat and break.
Daily Care:Ears can be slowly bent into whatever shape you prefer, to match your mood or clothing for the day. Remember to bend ears slowly. Bending ears quickly may cause the steel mesh to gradually heat, which can cause it to break.
Occasional Washing: (Wired, Painted Ears)Sometimes, simply lint-rolling your ears may not be enough, such as after a multi-day outdoor event or if the ears are dropped in mud or dirty water. For such cases, our ear colorants are sealed with high-detail varnish in order to prevent colors from fading during a wash, so long as directions are followed closely. To wash your ears, do the following:
- Lint-roll the ears first, if you are able to. Removing any loose debris will help decrease the amount of time spent on washing your ears. If your ears are already wet or muddy, you can skip this step.
- Rinse your ears under a faucet tap with cold water to remove any surface debris. A kitchen sink hose may be convenient for this step, if you have one. (Do not use full pressure - a cold tap only halfway turned to full pressure will usually be perfect.) You will only ever use cold water while washing your ears; hot water or even warm water risks damaging the faux fur fibers.
- Fill a basin or small tub with cold water, enough to submerge your ears. Add a teaspoon or two of gentle detergent and mix well.
- Submerge your ears in the basin. Wiggle the ears back and forth and use a fine-tooth comb to remove any remaining debris from the longer fur strands.
- If the water becomes too dirty, dump the basin and repeat steps 3 and 4 until your ears are clean.
- For light-colored furs, you can use a lather of soap and your fingertips to gently rub the front-side short-shorn portions of the ears to remove any stubborn dirt.
- Once clean, rinse the ears under cold tap water to rinse away the soap. You can use a kitchen sink hose similarly to step 2 for this part.
- Soak the ears once more in clean water to remove any remaining soap from deep in the longer fur fibers.
- Press the ears one at a time between your hands to squeeze out excess water.
- Use sections of a towel and repeatedly squeeze out any remaining excess water, until the towel comes away dry.
- Hang the ears to dry for at least a day. Ears can be hung to dry in direct sunlight for additional antibacterial action, but do not leave ears in direct sunlight for more than 5 or 6 hours; prolonged sunlight exposure may cause colors to fade, and prolonged heat exposure may cause fur fibers to become frizzed or rough. If there is a heat warning in your area, hang ears inside to dry.
- Once the ears are dry, use a clean pet “slicker” brush to gently brush fur fibers back into proper place.
- Enjoy your new clean, fresh ears!
A Note About Frequent Washing: if your ears need frequent washing, we encourage you to invest in a lint-roller for daily cleaning; wash the ears without soap at most once per week; and only use soap during washings at most every six weeks.