How To Wash A Weighted Blanket

How To Wash A Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets have become a staple in many homes for their comforting and therapeutic benefits. However, given their unique construction and weight, many people wonder how to wash a weighted blanket properly. This guide provides detailed instructions and tips to ensure your weighted blanket remains clean and in good condition, enhancing its longevity.

Understanding the material and make of your weighted blanket

Before washing your weighted blanket, it's essential to understand its material composition. Weighted blankets are typically made from a variety of fabrics such as cotton, polyester or minky material and are filled with materials like glass beads, plastic pellets or even rice or barley. Each material and filling type has specific care requirements.

Checking the manufacturer’s instructions

Every weighted blanket comes with a tag providing specific weighted blanket wash instructions from the manufacturer. These instructions are crucial as they cater to the particular design and materials of the blanket. Adhering to these guidelines is the first step in ensuring the proper care of your weighted blanket.

Can you wash weighted blankets?

Yes, weighted blankets can generally be washed, but the appropriate method depends on the blanket’s weight and fabric. Understanding the correct approach is key to maintaining the blanket's integrity and effectiveness.

Machine washing lighter weighted blankets

Machine washing is suitable for lighter weighted blankets, typically those weighing up to 12 pounds. This process involves several steps to ensure the blanket is cleaned effectively without causing damage.

  • Preparing the blanket — Inspect your blanket thoroughly before washing. Look for any signs of wear, such as tears or loose stitches. Addressing these issues beforehand is crucial to prevent further damage during the washing process. This step ensures the longevity and continued performance of your weighted blanket.
  • Choosing the right setting — When machine washing, select a gentle cycle with cold water. Cold water is less harsh on the fabric and filling, reducing the risk of damage. The gentle cycle mimics hand washing by using a slower spin and less agitation, which is necessary to preserve the blanket’s structure.
  • Selecting the detergent — A mild detergent is recommended for washing weighted blankets. Harsh chemicals found in bleach or fabric softeners can break down both the fabric and the internal fillers, leading to the deterioration of the blanket over time.
  • Washing in commercial machines — Weighted blankets over 12 pounds should ideally be washed in commercial machines found at laundromats. These machines have a larger capacity to accommodate the weight and size of heavier blankets, ensuring a more thorough and balanced wash.

Hand-washing heavier blankets

Can you wash a weighted blanket that’s on the heavier side? Absolutely! But for weighted blankets that are too heavy for a standard washing machine, hand washing is a more suitable method.
  • Filling a bathtub — For heavier weighted blankets, using your bathtub or a large basin is the best approach. Fill it with enough cold water to submerge the blanket, and add a mild detergent. Cold water is essential to prevent any potential shrinkage or damage to the fabric and fillers.
  • Gentle washing — Gently immerse the blanket in the water with your hands. It's important to be gentle to avoid damaging the internal fillers and the fabric. The idea is to mimic a soft kneading action rather than vigorous scrubbing, which could harm the blanket.
  • Rinsing thoroughly — After washing, rinse the blanket thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of detergent. This may require draining and refilling the tub several times. Residual soap can attract dirt and reduce the blanket's effectiveness and softness.

Drying Your Weighted Blanket

Drying your weighted blanket properly is crucial to maintain its quality and longevity.

  • Air drying — Air drying is often the safest method to dry a weighted blanket. Lay it flat on a clean, dry surface and rotate it occasionally to ensure it dries evenly. Avoid hanging the blanket, as the weight, when wet, can stretch or distort the fabric.
  • Using a dryer — If the care label permits, you can use a dryer in a low-heat setting. Check the blanket periodically during the drying process. This is to ensure that it dries evenly and to prevent any damage from overheating.
  • Avoiding direct sunlight — While air drying, keep the blanket out of direct sunlight. Sunlight can fade the colours and degrade the fabric over time. Choosing a shaded, well-ventilated area is best for maintaining the blanket’s appearance and quality.

Spot cleaning

In cases where your weighted blanket has only minor stains or spills, spot cleaning is an effective and convenient approach. This method allows you to address small areas without needing to wash the entire blanket, which can be especially helpful for heavier blankets or quick clean-up.

  • Assessing the stain — Before applying any cleaning solution, identify the nature of the stain. Different stains (like food, ink or oil) may require slightly different treatment approaches.
  • Applying stain remover — Choose a stain remover appropriate for the fabric of your weighted blanket. Test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause discolouration or damage. Apply the stain remover gently to the affected area, following the instructions on the product label.
  • Dabbing gently — Using a clean, damp cloth, gently dab the stain. The goal is to lift the stain from the fabric without spreading it further or pushing it deeper into the fibres. Avoid vigorous rubbing or scrubbing, as this can damage the fabric and potentially spread the stain.
  • Rinsing the area — After the stain has been treated, use a clean cloth dampened with water to blot the area, removing any residue from the cleaning solution.
  • Air drying — Allow the cleaned area to air dry completely. If possible, lay the blanket flat to ensure that it dries evenly without any distortion to its shape or weight distribution.

By following these steps, you can effectively spot-clean your weighted blanket, addressing spills and stains promptly to maintain its appearance and hygiene. Regular spot cleaning, as part of your blanket’s care routine, ensures your weighted blanket remains in good condition, ready to provide comfort and relaxation whenever you need it.

Regular maintenance of your weighted blanket

You’ll need more than just knowing how to wash weighted blankets if you want to keep your blanket well-maintained through the years. Weighted blankets need regular, attentive care to ensure their longevity and effectiveness. 

  • Frequent checks for integrity
  • Regular inspection of your weighted blanket is crucial. Check for any signs of wear and tear, such as loose threads, frayed edges or weakening fabric. Pay particular attention to the stitching that contains the weighted fillers. Early detection of any damage can prevent further deterioration and prolong the blanket’s life.

  • Using a duvet cover for protection
  • One practical approach to maintaining your weighted blanket is to use a removable duvet cover. This cover acts as a protective barrier against everyday dirt, spills and potential stains. It's much easier to frequently wash a duvet cover than the weighted blanket itself. 

    A duvet cover also offers the flexibility to change the style or colour of your blanket without compromising on its therapeutic benefits.

  • Storage considerations
  • When not in use, store your weighted blanket in a cool, dry place to prevent dampness or mildew buildup. Avoid compressing the blanket into tight spaces, as this could affect the distribution of its weighted fillers.

  • Rotational use
  • If you use your weighted blanket regularly, consider having more than one. Alternating between blankets can reduce wear and tear, giving each blanket a chance to rest and maintain its shape and effectiveness.

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