How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
If you use weighted blankets, you know their numerous benefits and might wonder how to wash and store them properly for more use. The vitality of your weighted blanket depends on the method you choose and the products you use.
Read on to learn how to maintain the freshness and longevity of your precious weighted blankets.
Things You Should Know Before Washing a Weighted Blanket
Here are some tips to keep in mind before you wash your weighted blanket-
Different materials and constructions may have specific washing guidelines, so learn how to wash and care for your weighted blanket first.
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What You’ll Need:
To Hand Wash
- Large basin or bathtub
- Mild detergent
- Soft brush or cloth for spot cleaning
- Flat drying surface
To Machine Wash
- Standard front-loaded washing machine
- Mild detergent
- Clean towels (helps in the drying process to absorb excess water)
- Dryer (optional)
Washing a Weighted Blanket by Hand
Here are the steps for hand washing a weighted blanket-
Before handwashing, spot-clean any stains or spills using a soft brush or cloth and a mild detergent solution.
Washing the Blanket
Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water. Ensure there is enough space for the blanket to be fully immersed without overcrowding. Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water.
Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or fabric softeners, as they can damage the fabric and weighted filling. Gently submerge the weighted blanket into the soapy water. Allow it to soak for a few minutes, ensuring the water penetrates the fabric and reaches the weighted filling.
Gently agitate the water and lightly rub the fabric with your hands to remove dirt or grime. Be careful not to apply excessive force, especially if the weighted blanket has a delicate fabric.
Drain the soapy water and refill the basin or bathtub with clean, lukewarm water. Rinse and press out excess water from the blanket. Do not wring or twisting; it can damage the fabric and alter the weight distribution.
Drying the Blanket
Lay the blanket flat on a clean and dry surface. Make sure it spreads out evenly to maintain the original shape. Allow it to air dry completely.
Once it's dry, fluff and redistribute the filling so that there’s even weight distribution on all sides.
Washing a Weighted Blanket in a Washing Machine
Check for spills and stains promptly by spot-cleaning the affected areas with the toothbrush dipped in a gentle cleaning solution. Combining warm water in a bowl with a mild detergent creates the solution. This proactive approach helps maintain the cleanliness of your weighted blanket between regular washings and prevents stains from setting in.
Washing the Blanket
If Machine Washing is recommended, choose a front-loading washing machine over a top-loading one with an agitator. Front-loading machines are generally gentler on the weight distribution of the blanket.
Choose the gentle or delicate cycle on your washing machine to minimize stress on the seams and fabric of the weighted blanket. This ensures a thorough yet gentle cleaning process. Wash the blanket in cold water using a mild and gentle detergent.
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Drying the Blanket
To dry your weighted blanket, use the low or medium setting in the dryer. The quick drying time is attributed to the water-resistant nature of class and plastic pellets. Stop the cycle periodically and fluff the blankets to ensure even drying.
Alternatively, you can lay the blanket on a sizeable, clean, flat surface for drying. Complete drying typically takes 24 to 48 hours. To speed up the process, turn the blanket every 4 hours.
How Often Should I Wash My Weighted Blankets?
The frequency at which you should wash your weighted blankets largely depends on personal usage, individual preferences, and any specific care instructions the manufacturer provides.
For routine maintenance, spot cleaning is recommended for promptly addressing minor spills or stains, ensuring that the blanket stays clean between more thorough washings. Washing your weighted blanket every season or every 2 to 3 months is a general guideline that suits many users, mainly if the blanket is used regularly but not daily.
Consider factors such as personal comfort and cleanliness preferences when determining the washing frequency. Some individuals may prefer the feeling of a freshly washed blanket and choose to launder it more often, while others may find less frequent washing sufficient for their needs. It's crucial to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to maintain the blankets’ integrity and effectiveness.
Additionally, if your weighted blanket has a removable cover, washing the cover more frequently might be a convenient alternative to washing the entire blanket. Finding the right balance between cleanliness and preserving the blanket's longevity is key to getting comfortable and effective sleep.
Storing Your Blanket
Store your weighted blanket when it is not in use by delicately folding it. Opt for the original storage bag, if available, or simply place it on a shelf in your linen closet.
The storage process for weighted blankets mirrors that of comforters, quilts and duvets, ensuring the preservation of the quality and functionality over time.
Ensure that the storage location is cool, dry and away from direct sunlight to prevent any potential damage to the fabric and filling. If your weighted blanket lacks a designated storage bag, consider using a breathable cotton or linen bag to protect it from dust and potential pests.
Avoid using plastic bags as they may trap moisture and compromise the blanket’s materials. Regularly check the stored blanket for any signs of damage and fluff and redistribute the filling as needed.
Proper storage not only extends the lifespan of your weighted blanket but also ensures that it remains in optimal condition when you’re ready to use it again.
Tips on How to Keep Weighted Blankets Clean Longer
Keeping your weighted blanket clean for an extended period involves a combination of preventive measures, regular maintenance, and careful washing practices. Here are some tips to help you maintain the cleanliness of your weighted blanket:
- Use a duvet cover: invest in a removable and washable duvet cover for your weighted blanket. This adds an extra layer of protection and makes it easier to clean the entire blanket
- Limit exposure to pets and food: Minimise your weighted blanket's time around pets, and avoid eating while using it. This helps prevent unwanted stains and pet hair accumulation.
- Keep feet clean: If you use the weighted blanket on a bed or couch, ensure your feet are clean to prevent dirt and oils from transferring to the blanket.
- Wash your body and hands before use: Shower and wash your hands before using the weighted blanket to reduce the transfer of oil stored and other substances that could soil the fabric
- Repair rips and tears: Keep an eye out for any rips or tears and promptly sew them shut to prevent further damage. If the weighted blanket has a cover, address repairs separately from the blanket itself.
- Proper storage: When not in use, delicately fold or roll your weighted blanket and place it on a closet shelf or cover it with its designated storage bag.
What Precautions Should I Take Before Washing My Weighted Blanket?
You should check the blanket for any stains, spills or tears. Pre-treat the stains and repair the damages. Next, follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. These precautions will ensure a successful and safe washing process for your weighted blanket.
Should I Wash The Weighted Blanket Insert And Cover Together?
If your weighted blanket has a cover, you can wash them separately. Refer to the care instructions to determine the best approach for your specific blanket.
How Do I Repair Tears In My Weighted Blanket?
To repair tears, we advise you to sew them shut properly and quickly to prevent further damage. If the blanket has a removable cover, address the repairs separately from the blanket itself.
Can I Put My Weighted Blanket In The Dryer?
Generally, it's not advisable to machine dry most weighted blankets, except the ones filled with micro-glass beads. It's best to air-dry your weighted blanket to preserve the shape of the filling.