Dos and don’ts of washing blankets
5 step guide to washing blankets
Check the label: Before washing the blanket, check the care label to determine the washing instructions. This will help you determine the appropriate water temperature, washing method, and type of detergent to use.
Pre-treat any stains: If there are any stains or spots on the blanket, pre-treat them before washing. You can use a stain remover or a mixture of water and detergent to gently scrub the stain.
Wash the blanket: Place the blanket in the washing machine and add the appropriate amount of detergent. Use a gentle cycle and cold or warm water, depending on the care label. If the blanket is particularly large or heavy, use a large capacity washing machine.
Dry the blanket: Once the washing cycle is complete, remove the blanket from the machine and either air dry it by hanging it up or tumble dry it on a low heat setting. Avoid using a high heat setting, as this can damage the fibers or cause shrinkage.
Store the blanket: Once the blanket is completely dry, fold it neatly and store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing the blanket in direct sunlight or damp areas, as this can cause damage or mold growth.
FAQs washing blankets
How often should I wash my blankets?
The frequency of washing will depend on factors such as how often the blanket is used, whether it’s exposed to pets or other allergens, and whether there are any spills or stains that need to be removed. In general, it’s a good idea to wash blankets periodically to keep them clean and fresh. Some experts recommend washing blankets every one to two weeks, while others suggest washing them every three to six months.
Can all types of blankets be washed in a washing machine?
No, not all types of blankets can be washed in a washing machine. The care label on the blanket should provide instructions on whether the blanket can be machine washed, hand washed, or dry cleaned. Some delicate or specialty blankets may require special care or should not be washed at all. It’s important to follow the care instructions to avoid damaging the blanket.
Can I use fabric softener when washing blankets?
It depends on the care instructions provided on the blanket’s care label. Some blankets may be sensitive to fabric softeners or require a specific type of fabric softener. In general, it’s best to avoid using fabric softeners on blankets made from synthetic materials, as they can reduce the absorbency of the blanket. Always read the care label before using any fabric softeners. If in doubt, it’s always safer to avoid using fabric softener altogether.