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How To Hand Wash A Weighted Blanket: Step By Step Guide

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Weighted blankets have gained popularity for their ability to provide comfort and promote relaxation. However, due to their unique construction and added weight, it's important to handle them with care, especially when it comes to cleaning.


Some weighted blankets can't be cleaned in a machine wash and many people either don't own a washing machine with enough capacity or prefer not to risk damaging the blanket or the washing machine.


In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of hand washing a weighted blanket, ensuring it remains clean and in excellent condition.


By following these step-by-step instructions, you can safely and effectively clean your weighted blanket at home.


How To Hand Wash A Weighted Blanket: Overview


To hand wash a weighted blanket, fill up your bathtub (or a basin) with warm soapy water. Submerge the blanket making sure all of the fibres are penetrated. Gently work all of the detergent into the weighted blanket, if there are any stains, use a soft bristled brush to agitate them. Finally rinse out the weighted blanket and allow to dry.


Full Guide Below:



Check the Care Instructions


Before beginning the hand washing process, carefully review the care instructions provided by the manufacturer.


These instructions will provide specific guidelines on how to clean your weighted blanket and any precautions to consider.


For example, Some weighted blankets may not be fully submersible or you might need to pay more attention when using any products on them.


Preparing for Hand Washing


  • Find a Suitable Washing Area: Choose a clean and spacious area for hand washing. Consider using a bathtub, large sink, or clean outdoor space with ample room to manoeuvre.

Gather the Necessary Supplies Collect the following supplies:

  • Mild detergent or laundry soap suitable for delicate fabrics

  • Clean towels

  • Soft-bristled brush

  • Large basin or container


Hand Washing Process


  1. Fill the Basin or Container with Water: Fill the basin or container with lukewarm water. Make sure there is enough water to fully submerge the weighted blanket.

  2. Add Detergent: Add a small amount of mild detergent or laundry soap to the water. Use a gentle detergent suitable for delicate fabrics. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as they can damage the weighted blanket.

  3. Submerge the Weighted Blanket: Place the weighted blanket in the water, ensuring it is fully submerged. Gently press down to allow the soapy water to penetrate the fabric.

  4. Agitate the Blanket: Using your hands, gently agitate the blanket in the water. Be careful not to twist or wring the fabric, as this can cause damage to the weighted inserts.

  5. Spot Cleaning Stains (if necessary): For localized stains or soiling, use a soft-bristled brush or cloth to gently scrub the affected areas. Apply mild detergent directly to the stain and work it into the fabric using gentle circular motions.

  6. Rinse the Blanket: Drain the soapy water and refill the basin or container with clean, lukewarm water. Gently agitate the blanket in the water to remove any remaining detergent residue.

  7. Repeat Rinse (if necessary): If there is still soap residue on the blanket, repeat the rinsing process until the water runs clear and there are no visible signs of detergent.

  8. Squeeze Out Excess Water: Carefully lift the weighted blanket from the basin or container, supporting its weight. Gently squeeze out excess water, being mindful not to wring or twist the fabric.


Dry the Weighted Blanket


  • Absorb Excess Moisture: Lay a clean towel flat on a surface and place the weighted blanket on top. Roll up the towel with the blanket inside, gently pressing to absorb excess moisture.

  • Air Dry After removing: the blanket from the towel, find a well-ventilated area to air dry. It's recommended to lay the weighted blanket flat on a clean, dry surface or hang it on a clothesline. Ensure that the blanket is evenly spread out and not bunched up to allow proper airflow.

  • Avoid Direct Heat and Sunlight: Keep the weighted blanket away from direct heat sources, such as radiators or direct sunlight. Excessive heat can damage the weighted inserts and affect the overall quality of the blanket.

  • Periodically Flip or Rotate: During the drying process, periodically flip or rotate the weighted blanket to ensure even drying and prevent moisture from being trapped in specific areas.

  • Allow Sufficient Drying Time: The drying time for a weighted blanket can vary depending on factors such as fabric thickness and ambient humidity. Allow the blanket to dry completely before using or storing it.


Final Steps and Maintenance


  • Inspect the Blanket: Once the weighted blanket is dry, carefully inspect it for any lingering stains, odours, or damage. Address any remaining issues as necessary.

  • Store Properly: When not in use, store the weighted blanket in a clean and dry area. Use a breathable storage bag or cover to protect it from dust and potential damage.

  • Spot Clean Between Washes: To maintain the cleanliness of your weighted blanket, spot clean any spills or stains promptly using a mild detergent and clean cloth.

  • Follow Manufacturer's Recommendations: Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions and care guidelines specific to your weighted blanket to ensure you're properly maintaining it.


Conclusion


Hand washing a weighted blanket requires time, patience, and attention to detail. By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in this guide, you can effectively clean your weighted blanket, ensuring its longevity and maintaining its hygienic properties.


Remember to check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer, use a mild detergent suitable for delicate fabrics, and handle the blanket with care throughout the process.


With proper maintenance and regular cleaning, your weighted blanket will continue to provide you with the comfort and relaxation you seek for years to come.

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