Consult the care instructions provided by the manufacturer before washing your weighted blanket. These instructions can be found on the tag or on the manufacturer’s website. Weighted blankets can’t be washed as easily as a conventional blanket because of its heavier design. Before you begin washing your blanket, be sure to check the care instructions to see how they differ depending on the type of fill and the type of fabric used.
When cleaning a weighted blanket, there are few things to keep in mind. The first thing to consider is how much work it will take to clean the blanket. In this case, a mild detergent or stain remover can be used to cure the spots on the blanket. Rinse with cold or warm water and allow the blanket to air dry. If you clean up spills right away, you may be able to keep them from setting.
Instead of cleaning the entire blanket, remove the duvet cover from any blankets that have one. You should always check the care label before washing or drying your duvet cover.
You can wash your weighted blanket in a washing machine or by hand in a bathtub or sink when it’s time for a deep clean. A mild detergent without bleach and cold or warm water is all that is needed to wash a weighted blanket. Make sure the blanket is fully rinsed before using it. The blanket may need to be washed at a commercial laundry facility if your washing machine’s weight limit is too high.
When drying a weighted blanket, it is recommended that you spread it out flat and shake it frequently to allow the fill to dry and distribute evenly. Use a low or medium heat setting and remove the blanket from the dryer as soon as it’s dry if you decide to use a dryer. Use the blanket only after it has been thoroughly dried. If you use a weighted blanket, you don’t need to iron it.
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket?
For the most part, it’s best to wash weighted blankets on their own in lukewarm water.
As long as the weighted blanket is less than 20 pounds, it can be washed in the standard washing machine.
Laundry machines at a laundromat may be larger and more suited to cleaning heavier blankets than at home.
There’s no way to wash a blanket that weighs more than 25 pounds in a conventional washing machine.
You should also avoid using bleach or fabric softener in your washing detergent. Avoid detergents that claim to be “tough.” Consider manufacturing your own all-natural detergent at home if you can’t find a mild, dye-free option.
Finally, when drying a weighted blanket, be careful to avoid any damage. To get the greatest results, either dry or line dry the freshly laundered blanket. Several weighted blankets can endure moderate drying heat without melting.
Hang-drying the blanket, on the other hand, will preserve both the fabric and the filler.
Air Drying a Weighted Blanket
It will last longer if you dry the weighted blanket correctly to prevent damage. However, even if the dryer isn’t used, caution should still be exercised.
When drying on a line, make sure to hang it evenly so that the weight is spread equally and the shape is not lost. Wet weighted blankets can be used to cover everything from drying racks to chairs to even the edge of a bathtub.
Before drying the clothes, the spin cycle on the majority of home washers is sufficient for removing the extra water from the load. Weighted blankets, for example, may necessitate an additional spin cycle to remove the excess water.
If the weighted blanket is abnormally heavy or if water can be squeezed out by hand after it is removed from the washing machine, it is too wet to be dried in the dryer.
When to Visit the Laundromat
If a blanket weighs more than 25 pounds, washing it in a regular washing machine is not recommended.
There are possibly enormous commercial washing machines at a laundromat that you may use to wash these extremely hefty blankets.
Those without regular access to laundromats may want to consider wearing a duvet cover over their weighted blanket.
Toss the duvet in the washing machine and follow the manufacturer’s directions on the tag for a quick and easy wash and dry.
Even if you use a duvet cover, you’ll still have to wash the weighted blanket from time to time. Allow the blanket to air dry in the sun for a few hours to allow the fresh air and UV rays to organically clean it.
Sometimes, if there is a spill or bodily fluids have come into touch with the weighted blanket, it will need to be cleaned.
As a result, adhere to the 25-pound weight limit for home washing machines as outlined above and schedule trips to a laundromat accordingly.
Things to Avoid
Only use mild washing detergent that doesn’t contain bleach or fabric softener, as we previously advised. Depending on the fabric, a weighted blanket can become prickly or stiff due to a buildup of fabric softeners.
This is not what fabric softeners are designed to achieve.
If you use bleach, even diluted chlorine will break down the fibers in the garment. A weighted blanket’s lifespan will be shortened and it will wear out faster if it is washed in diluted bleach.
The fillers in a weighted blanket can break down or clump together if you use fabric softener or bleach.
Just keep in mind that weighted blankets are a special case that necessitates special handling when it comes to cleaning.
Ironing Weighted Blankets?
Do not attempt to iron a weighted blanket either. Some people who like to maintain their sheets and other bedding wrinkle-free may be tempted to iron a weighted blanket as well.
Don’t succumb to temptation! Filler, on the other hand, may or may not be iron-safe, regardless of the fabric’s label.
Applying iron heat will almost likely melt and damage fillings. It’s possible to iron a weighted blanket, but even if the fabric is iron-safe, it would be tough to move around on an ironing board.
If the duvet is made of a material that can be ironed, it is possible. In contrast to polyester, minky, and fleece, cotton mixes can be ironed.
When it comes to washing a duvet, it is essential to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
There may still be a solid reason to avoid using too much fabric softener or bleach on the blanket.
Special Fabric Considerations
Weighted blankets can be created from a wide variety of materials, and we’ve prepared a list of those materials and their proper cleaning and maintenance guidelines.
Cotton is an easy-to-care-for fabric that is widely used around the world. They’re ideal for all-season weighted blankets, as well as cooling ones.
Cold water should be used to wash cotton blankets.
Weighted blankets should always be washed separately from the rest of the laundry. As a result of agitating the fabric, too many cotton items in the washing machine might cause it to wear out sooner.
To protect the blanket’s color, use a mild, chlorine-free detergent and a half cup of vinegar. Squeeze out the fabric softener before using it.
Weighted blankets made of flannel are popular among sensory-sensitive people.
Washing flannel in hot water will cause it to wear out more quickly, so use cold or warm water instead. Use a low-heat tumble dryer to dry your garments.
Make sure that you don’t leave it in the dryer for too long, or it will cool down.
Leaving it in a warm environment for too long will cause fibers to overdry into the fabric, reducing their lifespan. Remove it immediately when the cycle is complete.
A flannel weighted blanket can be used in the dryer with dryer sheets.
Using a ringer to remove the extra water from a flannel blanket can also speed up the drying process.
Warm water can be used to wash fleece blankets. Soak the fleece in the washing machine for 45 minutes before starting a wash cycle to remove stains.
Fleece can handle fabric softener, but a moderate detergent is recommended. Before spinning the fleece, give it a final rinse to remove any remaining fabric softener residue, which can cause the cloth to feel harsh or scratchy.
Drying fleece in a low-heat dryer can result in pilling, so try air drying it instead to avoid this complication.
Made of minky fabric, some of the best selling weighted blankets You can easily retain the softness of your weighted blankets by using this fabric.
When cleaning minky, use a weak solution of non-chlorine bleach in warm water. A huge blanket may have a spot stain that is tough to remove. If this is the case, use a light detergent and a toothbrush to remove the stain from the minky fabric.
Because minky is a polyester-polyester hybrid, it cannot withstand high temperatures.
How Often Should Weighted Blankets Be Washed?
Your weighted blanket’s cleaning frequency depends on how frequently it is used. The blanket should be washed once every few weeks if you use it every night while sleeping to avoid the accumulation of sweat and body oils. Cleaning your weighted blanket three to four times a year should plenty if you only use it as a lap blanket on the couch or at the computer.
A weighted blanket’s feel and durability can be negatively impacted if it is often washed. By purchasing a washable cover for your weighted blanket, you may be able to extend the life of your blanket.
Weighted blankets need to be updated about every five years on average. You may, however, extend the life of your weighted blanket with careful care.
Removing Coffee Stains from a Weighted Blanket
We recommend the following steps for removing a coffee stain from a fabric:
Laundry detergent and white vinegar should be mixed together in 10 ounces of water to begin with.
Apply the stain remover to it.
Using a rag or toothbrush, gently remove the stain.
For 5 to 10 minutes, let the stain-fighting solution sit on the spot.
Rinse your face with a glass of water.
If required, repeat the instructions until the stain is gone.
Removing Red Wine Stains from a Weighted Blanket
Apply one to two ounces of distilled white vinegar on the stain and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Remove the stain by wiping it with a moist towel, followed by a dry one.
Use an enzyme stain remover if vinegar fails to remove the stain. Blot with moist towel after 30 minutes of soaking in stain remover.
To remove the stain, wash the blanket in cold water once it has faded. Because heat will set in any leftover stains, avoid drying it.
Removing Urine Stains
Set-in stains can be difficult to remove since urine is highly acidic. Soap and water can be used to remove a moist stain and its unpleasant odor.
To eliminate dried-on stains, mix an enzyme laundry stain remover with the stain or add a small amount to the wash water. After the first wash, if the blanket still smells of urine, repeat the process before drying.
It is important to wash weighted blankets according to their specific design and washing instructions.
Keep in mind that a standard home washing machine can only handle 25 pounds of blankets at a time. If you’re unsure if a blanket is too big to wash at home, take it to the laundry.
An costly weighted blanket with a large tear is the last thing anyone wants!
To protect a weighted blanket, duvets are an excellent choice, and they’re also easy to clean. When in doubt about how to wash a duvet, check with the maker.
Clean and maintain a weighted blanket using this method, keeping in mind its fabric and filler to keep it in the best form possible.