You may think you know how to wash a weighted blanket, but some important care instructions must be followed to ensure your blanket is completely clean and ready to use. First of all, you need to know that blankets are not machine washable. They require washing by hand with cold water.
This process can be very difficult for someone who does not have access to the proper tools or knowledge to complete this task properly. If you want to ensure your blanket is clean and ready to go when you need it, make sure you follow these care instructions carefully.
Which mode to choose?
To wash a weighted blanket, you will first need to choose a good washing experience for the fabric. Most people choose to use a gentle cycle on their washers as this will very gently wash the blanket without causing damage to the fibers. A gentle cycle can sometimes be too harsh for delicate blankets, so if you have a delicate blanket that you wish to wash, consider using a harsh cycle on the washer. For wool, use a delicate liquid detergent, such as a wool wash. Avoid bleach or any other harsh chemicals, as these can damage the fibers of your blankets.
Some people find that adding bleach or lemon juice to their blankets is a great way to clean them. There are many ways you can remove stains from your blankets, but if you want to deep clean your blankets then you should consider using a cleaner with bleach. For cleaning white or cream stains, use baking soda or white vinegar. If you have black stains on your blankets, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar.
Finally, you will want to make sure that you remove stains as you are cleaning your weighted blankets. One way to remove stains is to simply soak the blanket in hot sudsy water. Be sure to place a lid on the hoses to keep any moisture from the bleach out. Another way to remove stains is to make a solution using one part laundry soap and two parts warm water. Simply shake the mixture and scrub the stains from your fluffy white fabric!
Once you are finished, you should carefully remove your blanket from the washing machine and lay it flat on a towel. This is because the static from the machine can cause your fillings to come loose. Before putting it back into the machine, you should place a folded towel under it to keep any remaining polymeric particles from escaping while the blanket is still in the water.
Once you have chosen a good washing experience for your blankets, you will need to learn how to dry them. Some people think that it is best to hang up the blankets after washing in the washing machine, but this is not the best way to dry them. To dry your blankets correctly, you should air dry them. However, some people prefer to put the blankets in the dryer on top of a set of clothespins.
What to fill the blanket with?
When learning how to wash weighted blankets, you will need to know how to fill them. There are two main types of fillings that you will use to clean your blankets. The first type is made from plastic poly pellets. Poly pellets are considered a biodegradable material, and they do not harm the earth or your health in any way.
However, they do take quite a long time to decompose completely. You should expect your poly pellets to be ready to be cleaned when you take out your last pack of poly pellets from your washing machine.
Another type of filler you may use to clean your weighted blankets is silk. Silk is one of the softest and beautiful fabrics you can buy. Silk is completely natural, so you do not have to worry about releasing any harmful chemicals when you are washing it.
Silk can take a long time to degrade, but it tends to break down very slowly compared to plastic poly pellets. Silk should be washed on a delicate cycle, using only a very gentle cycle. You should also place your silk items inside of a plastic zipper bag during the washing process, and you should do this up until you are finished with the wash.
Thus, washing a blanket requires attention to detail. If you don’t rinse your duvet properly, old stains won’t go away. And if you don’t dry it properly, the filling will rot and smell unpleasant. Dealing with this is much more difficult. Therefore, take into account the characteristics of your filler and everything will be much easier!