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Can You Machine Wash A Weighted Blanket With Glass Beads?

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Weighted blankets with glass beads have gained popularity for their comforting and calming effects. When it comes to cleaning these blankets, it's essential to understand the appropriate methods to preserve their integrity.


In this comprehensive guide, we will address the common question:


Can you machine wash a weighted blanket with glass beads?


We will explore the considerations and steps involved in safely machine washing a weighted blanket with glass beads, providing valuable insights to help you make an informed decision.


Can you machine wash a weighted blanket with glass beads?


Machine washing weighted blankets are fraught with dangers. Glass beads is one of those dangers as well. While you technically can wash your weighted blanket in a washing machine many customers choose to use some of the alternative methods found below.


Full Overview:



Review the Care Instructions


Before attempting to machine wash a weighted blanket with glass beads, it is crucial to review the manufacturer's care instructions. The care instructions will specify whether machine washing is recommended and provide guidelines for the appropriate settings and precautions to take.


Understanding the Risks and Considerations



Potential Risks

  1. Damage to the glass beads: Machine washing can potentially cause damage to the glass beads, leading to clumping or shifting within the blanket. This can eventually lead to your blanket being virtually unusable for the task it was made for

  2. Fabric wear and tear: Agitation in the washing machine can cause stress on the fabric and seams, potentially leading to tears or fraying. If you tear the blanket, you will be left with a ton of glass beads in your washing machine and potentially a broken machine!

  3. Structural integrity: The added weight of the glass beads may put stress on the blanket during machine washing, affecting its overall structure.


Blanket Construction and Materials: Consider the construction and materials of the weighted blanket, including the fabric type, stitching, and the way the glass beads are distributed. Some blankets are designed with removable covers, making it easier to clean.


Alternative Cleaning Methods


Spot Cleaning


  • Spot cleaning is a safe and effective method for addressing localized stains or spills on the weighted blanket. Use a mild detergent, warm water, and a clean cloth to gently blot the affected area

  • Hand washing is a recommended method for cleaning weighted blankets with glass beads. Follow the detailed instructions provided in our previous blog post, "How to Hand Wash a Weighted Blanket," to ensure a thorough and safe cleaning process.

  • Drying your weighted blanket can be a tricky task in it's own right. Never use heat to do this, we highly recommend reading our 'how to dry a weighted blanket' guide before attempting to do so.


Expert Advice and Professional Cleaning


Consulting the manufacturer or seeking advice from experts in weighted blanket care can provide valuable insights.


Some manufacturers may offer professional cleaning services specifically tailored for weighted blankets with glass beads.


Professional cleaning ensures that the blanket is cleaned with the utmost care and expertise, minimizing the risks associated with machine washing.


Conclusion


While machine washing a weighted blanket with glass beads is generally not recommended due to potential risks, alternative cleaning methods such as spot cleaning and hand washing can effectively maintain the cleanliness and integrity of the blanket.


Always review the care instructions provided by the manufacturer and consider the construction and materials of the weighted blanket before attempting any cleaning method.


When in doubt, consult experts or opt for professional cleaning services to ensure the longevity and functionality of your weighted blanket.


By following appropriate cleaning practices, you can continue to enjoy the benefits of your weighted blanket while keeping it fresh and clean.

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