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Cleaning a Heavy Weighted Blanket: Tips For 20 Pounds & Over

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Heavy weighted blankets provide deep pressure stimulation and comfort for many individuals. However, cleaning and maintaining these substantial blankets require special attention due to their weight and size.

In this blog post, we will discuss the steps and considerations involved in cleaning a really heavy weighted blanket weighing over 25 pounds.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure effective cleaning and maintain the quality of your heavy weighted blanket.

How To Clean A Weighted Blanket: 20-25 lb and over!

Cleaning a really heavy blanket weighing 20 lb and over requires a hand washing method in a large container or bath tub if you have one. Submerse it in warm water filled with a mild detergent and gently agitate the blanket with your hands. After that, air dry the blanket, avoiding direct sunlight or heat from a radiator as this can damage the blanket.

We know, this is quite a mouthful which requires more than a brief overview...So let's dive into the details!

Assess the Blanket's Construction

Before attempting to clean a heavy weighted blanket, carefully examine its construction. Check for any removable covers, internal compartments, or closures. Understanding the blanket's design will help you determine the best cleaning approach.

Knowing what's inside the weighted blanket is crucial. For example, a weighted blanket with glass beads need special consideration compared to one filled with sand.

Spot Cleaning & Cleaning

  • Addressing Stains: For particular stains or spills, spot cleaning is often sufficient. Use a mild detergent, warm water, and a clean cloth to gently blot the affected area. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as it may damage the fabric or disturb the weight distribution.

  • Hand Washing: The likelihood is that you will need to hand wash your weighted blanket as the weight that we're looking at is too much for non commercial washing machines. Check our guide on how to hand wash your weighted blanket for the proper way to do this.

Professional Cleaning

Considerations for Heavy Blankets: Due to their weight and size, professional cleaning services might be your best option to prevent damaging them.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Research Cleaning Experts: Look for professional cleaners experienced in handling large and heavy items, such as comforters or duvets. Some dry cleaners specialize in weighted blanket cleaning.

  2. Communication: When contacting professional cleaners, provide accurate details about the blanket's weight, size, and construction to ensure they can accommodate it.

  3. Specialized Equipment: Professional cleaners may have access to commercial-grade washing machines and dryers capable of handling heavy items. They will also know what not to use which is particularly important when cleaning weighted blankets.

  4. Careful Handling: Proper transportation and handling of the heavy blanket are crucial to prevent damage during the cleaning process. Discuss this with the professional cleaners beforehand.

  5. Follow-Up Inspections: After the cleaning process, inspect the blanket thoroughly to ensure its integrity. Check for any loose threads, damage, or issues with the weighted filling distribution.

Drying the Heavy Weighted Blanket

  1. Air Drying: Due to the weight and size of the blanket, air drying is generally recommended. Find a spacious, well-ventilated area, such as a clothesline or a clean floor, to spread the blanket evenly. Rotate the blanket periodically to promote even drying.

  2. Patience and Time: Air drying heavy weighted blankets can take an extended period. Ensure the blanket is completely dry before using or storing it to prevent any potential mould or mildew growth.

For a comprehensive guide, take a look at our guide on how to dry your weighted blanket: All sizes.


Cleaning a heavy weighted blanket weighing 20 pounds and over requires careful consideration and proper handling.

Spot cleaning is suitable for minor stains, while professional cleaning services are recommended for overall maintenance. You can of course try to clean the blanket yourself but be very careful when doing so.

Research and communicate with experienced cleaners to ensure they can handle the weight and size of the blanket. During the drying process, allow ample time for air drying to ensure thorough drying and prevent moisture-related issues.

By following these guidelines, you can maintain the cleanliness and functionality of your heavy weighted blanket, ensuring years of comfort and relaxation.

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