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How To Wash Your Weighted Blanket & Alternative Cleaning Methods

Weighted blankets have gained immense popularity in recent years for their therapeutic benefits and ability to promote better sleep. Having a clean blanket as well as mattress is absolutely key to a better sleep.


However, many people wonder about the proper way to clean these specialized blankets due to their unique construction and it's no wonder, they are easy to get wrong.


In this guide, we will delve into the process of washing a weighted blanket, as well as explore alternative methods for cleaning it.


By following these tips and techniques, you can ensure that your weighted blanket remains clean, fresh, and in excellent condition.


How To Wash & Maintain Your Weighted Blanket


First double check your weighted blanket can indeed be washed by following manufacturers guidelines. To wash the weighted blanket, use a bleach free detergent and warm or cold water on a gentle cycle. If you prefer other methods of cleaning or need more information, read on.


Step By Step Guide To Weighted Blanket Maintenance:




Understanding Weighted Blankets


To effectively clean a weighted blanket, it's essential to understand what's inside. Typically, a weighted blanket consists of two main components: the outer cover and the inner weighted filling.


The outer cover is usually made of materials such as cotton, polyester, or minky fabric, while the inner filling consists of small glass beads or plastic pellets evenly distributed throughout the blanket.


Machine Washing


  1. Read the Manufacturer's Instructions Before washing your weighted blanket, carefully read the manufacturer's instructions and any specific recommendations they provide.

  2. Check for Damage Inspect the blanket for any signs of damage, such as rips, tears, or loose seams. It's crucial to address these issues before washing to prevent further damage.

  3. Determine the Washing Capacity Weighted blankets are heavier than regular blankets, so it's important to check if your washing machine can handle the weight. If the blanket exceeds the machine's capacity, consider alternative methods for cleaning.

  4. Pre-treating Stains Spot treat any visible stains or spills on the blanket using a gentle detergent or stain remover. Gently dab the stained area, being careful not to rub the stain further into the fabric.

  5. Load the Washing Machine Place the weighted blanket into the washing machine, making sure it is evenly distributed. If the blanket is too large or heavy for the machine, consider taking it to a laundromat with commercial-sized washers.

  6. Select the Appropriate Settings Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle with cold water. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, as they may damage the fabric or fillings of the weighted blanket.

  7. Drying the Weighted Blanket When it comes to drying, it is generally recommended to air-dry your weighted blanket to avoid any damage to the fabric or internal fillings. Hang the blanket over a drying rack or a clothesline, ensuring it is evenly spread out to facilitate proper airflow. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent any potential fading of colours.


Alternative Methods To Machine Washing: Spot Cleaning and Freshening Up


While machine washing works well, there are alternative options for spot cleaning and freshening up your weighted blanket. These account for if the weighted blanked cannot be machine washed, or has rips in it that haven't yet been repaired.


Spot Cleaning


For minor spills or stains, spot cleaning can be effective. Mix a small amount of mild detergent with water, dampen a clean cloth or sponge, and gently dab the affected area. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and allow the spot to air dry.


Odour Control


To keep your weighted blanket smelling fresh between washes, you can utilize various odour control methods.


Sprinkle baking soda over the blanket, let it sit for a few hours, and then vacuum it off. Alternatively, you can use a fabric refresher spray specifically designed for delicate fabrics.


Dryer Refreshing


If your weighted blanket is not heavily soiled, you can occasionally refresh it in the dryer. Place the blanket on a low heat or air fluff setting and add a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls to help fluff and distribute the filling evenly.


Professional Cleaning Services


If you are uncertain about cleaning your weighted blanket at home or prefer professional assistance, consider utilizing specialized cleaning services.


Many dry cleaners offer blanket cleaning services, including those tailored for heavier and bulkier items.


Contact local dry cleaning establishments to inquire about their expertise in cleaning weighted blankets.


Preventative Measures and Maintenance


To prolong the lifespan of your weighted blanket and reduce the need for frequent cleaning, it's important to take preventative measures and practice proper maintenance.

  1. Use a Duvet Cover Investing in a duvet cover for your weighted blanket adds an extra layer of protection, reducing direct contact with the blanket itself. Duvet covers are generally easier to clean and can be switched out more frequently, preventing stains and odours from penetrating the blanket's fabric.

  2. Regular Spot Checks Periodically inspect your weighted blanket for any signs of wear and tear. Promptly repair loose seams or stitching to prevent further damage and ensure the blanket's longevity.

  3. Follow Manufacturer Guidelines Always refer to the manufacturer's care instructions for your specific weighted blanket. Each blanket may have unique cleaning requirements, and following the guidelines will help maintain its quality.


Conclusion


Cleaning a weighted blanket doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following the appropriate washing instructions provided by the manufacturer and considering alternative cleaning methods, you can keep your blanket fresh, clean, and in optimal condition.


Whether you choose to machine wash, spot clean, or utilize professional services, remember to take preventative measures and practice regular maintenance to extend the lifespan of your weighted blanket.


Enjoy the comfort and benefits of your weighted blanket while knowing you have the knowledge to keep it clean and well-maintained. Sweet dreams await!

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