Winter is here and with it come cold temperatures, short days, and freezing winds. Plus, to top it all off, the heating bills are through the roof, so what can a person do to stay warm in such harsh times? Snuggle with a blanket, of course. And no blanket keeps you as warm as a weighted one. Weighted blankets have skyrocketed in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. They have amazing benefits such as helping improve sleep, ease anxiety, keep you warm and more. The weight in them can come from glass beads, cotton, down-alternative fabrics or other materials. Depends on what type of blanket you get. All that added weight is distributed throughout the whole blanket and puts gentle pressure on your whole body. It’s as snug as getting a hug! However, due to their weight and materials these blankets may be a pain when it comes to cleaning. So, we are here to show you how to wash a weighted blanket the right way.
Weighted blankets have skyrocketed in popularity, and it’s easy to see why
The weight in them can come from glass beads, cotton, down-alternative fabrics or other materials
There isn’t a hard definitive answer when it comes to how often you should wash your favorite blanket. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow to ensure you are giving your blanket the care it deserves. If you use your blanket every night, then you may want to give it a wash every few weeks, in order to prevent sweat, dirt, and oil build up. However, if you tend to use it occasionally just as a lap blanket on the couch, then cleaning it around three to four times a year should be more than enough. After all, if you overwash your blanket it will affect its feel, durability, and lifespan. You can put a cover on your blanket, that can easily be taken off and washed to help save you your efforts.
There isn’t an answer when it comes to how often you should wash your favorite blanket
Is It Safe To Put a Weighted Blanket In The Dryer?
It’s very important to read the manufacture’s instructions for how to care for your blanket. There you can find if you can put the blanket in the dryer of it’s not recommended. While some blankets can be tumble dried on a low temperature, others may only be left to air dry. If you can tumble dry your blanket make sure there is enough room for the air to circulate freely and occasionally stop the cycle to fluff out the blanket until it’s dry. If you need to air dry it makes sure to spread it out as much as possible, so the air can flow around it. But keep in mind air drying is not a fast process.
It’s very important to read the manufacture’s instructions for how to care for your blanket
How To Wash a Weighted Blanket
Whether you like it or not this is one chore that must be done. Keeping your weighted blanket clean will ensure it stays with you longer, stays intact, smells nicer, has no stains, doesn’t harbor any bacteria and won’t cause you acne. When it comes to washing the blanket, it’s best to check the care instructions, as they vary greatly from blanket to blanket. Some can be washed in the washing machine, some have a cover, and some may only be spot treated. Once you find out what the manufacturer recommends, you can tackle washing your blanket.
Keeping your weighted blanket clean will ensure it stays with you longer
If you can wash your blanket in the washing machine, make sure to choose a gentle, bleach-free detergent and let the blanket run on a gentle, slow cycle. Make sure to also avoid fabric softeners. However, it’s also important to take into account the size and capacity of your washer. Even if the blanket is machine washable, can your washer handle it? Even if your washer can technically handle a 22 or 24 pound load, a solid 20 pound blanket may put it under strain and may disbalance the machine. So, it’s recommended to wash only blankets that are no larger than 15 pounds.
If you can wash your blanket in the washing machine, make sure to choose a gentle detergent
If you are going to handwash the blanket, you first need to prepare your bathtub. Make sure it’s nice and clean, free from any grime or products that may stain your blanket. Then fill the tub with some lukewarm water and a gentle detergent. You really don’t need all that much. In this case less is more. Then plop the blanket in the water and submerge it all. Squeeze the water through the fabric. Let it soak for around fifteen minutes. Take the blanket out and drain the soapy water. Then fill it again with clean, cool, fresh water. Place the blanket inside and once again squeeze the water through the blanket. Repeat this process until there are no more suds left.
If you are going to handwash the blanket, you first need to prepare your bathtub
#Machine washable cover
Does your blanket have an inner and outer layer? Then you are in luck. The outer layer of your weighted blanket can be washed like pretty much any other duvet cover, but make sure to give a look to the care instructions on what temperature and cycle is recommended.
The outer layer of your weighted blanket can be washed like pretty much any other duvet cover
Some blankets cannot be washed at all. Then the best way you can keep it clean is to spot treatments. You can use a mix of gentle dish soap or detergent and some water. Just dip a cloth in the suds and blot the problem areas. Then rinse the area with a cloth dipped in clean water. Do this until the stain is lifted. You can also use an enzyme-based stain remover.
Some blankets cannot be washed at all
This was how to wash a weighted blanket the right way. We hope you found this article useful. Now you can give your favorite blanket a good wash and snuggle with it throughout these cold seasons.
This was how to wash a weighted blanket the right way
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