How to Wash a Weighted Blanket: Effective and Easy Tips

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
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Itching to know how to wash a weighted blanket? Washing a blanket is not an easy task. When it comes to a weighted blanket, though, the level of difficulty reaches the next level. Why is washing a weighted blanket a little more complicated?

First, they are expensive, so you need to make sure you are not ruining them when cleaning. Second, they use different fabrics and construction design compared to traditional blankets, so washing needs extra care. Third, the heavier the blanket, the difficult to handle washing on your own.

If you are confused about it, no need to worry! We have dedicated this entire article just to help you out.

Weighted Blankets: What Makes Them Different?

Before you look into different ways to wash weighted blankets, you need to understand why they are not the same as other blankets. Several reasons make weighted blankets unique and also expensive.

First, weighted blankets are expensive as they offer you much more than warmth. They provide you with physical and psychological comfort, which is why they are recommended for people who have autism or sensory disorders.

Second, the poly pellets and fabrics used in weighted blankets are more durable when you compare them to other more common types of blankets.

Third, you need to learn about the content in your blanket, as it is not the same for all weighted blankets. Some weighted blankets use polyfill, others cotton fill, while some blankets may have glass bead or poly pellets inside the cover. Knowing what the weighted blanket is made of gives you a better idea on how to wash it properly.

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

Are you ready to find out how to wash a weighted blanket? The process is not that difficult for most of the popular brands as most modern weighted blankets are machine-washable and also come with complete instructions about how to wash them.

However, if you are still have some confusion about the best ways to do it, which can ensure their quality and comfort, here is a detailed guide:

Step 1 – Prepare Your Blanket for a Wash

The first step is to read the instructions by the manufacturer, as most brands provide washing instructions. In most cases, the instructions tell you to use cold or warm water and to wash the blanket in the machine gently. It also tells you about the fabric and content of the blanket.

Also, some of the blankets have a removable cover, so you can remove it to wash both the outer cover and inner blanket separately.

Step 2 – Spot Treat Stains

If you wash your blanket with stains, the chances are, they will permanently set into the fabric. The best way to prevent it is to pre-treat stains before washing the blanket. However, treating stains is also not that simple as you need to treat different stains in a different way.

For example, grease stains like oil and food stains can be removed using dish soap. On the other hand, if you have a liquid stain from a spilled beverage, the best treatment is to use sprays without any harsh chemicals.

Simply rinse the treated part of the blanket with cold water, and check if it disappears. In case the stain is still visible, soak it in cold water for half an hour. Don’t try to scrub harshly as it can ruin the fiber.

After you are done with pre-treatment and rinsing with cold water, you can place it in the machine for a wash.

Step 3 – Wash It!

  • Washing Weighted Blanket with Removable Cover

These blankets are easiest to wash as you just have to remove the cover and put it into the washing machine. When using a washing machine, make sure to use a gentle cycle with cold water.

Don’t use any whitening agent or bleach, instead use only a small quantity of liquid detergent. Another recommendation is to wash the cover separately in the machine.

To dry, set the dryer to air fluff or low heat to tumble dry the cover. Also, do not completely dry it in the dryer to avoid crumpling. Instead, pull it out and hang it under the sun.

  • Washing Weighted Blanket without Removable Cover

Now, if your weighted blanket comes without a removable cover, you need to do some heavy lifting as you now have to wash the entire blanket, including its inner content. In that case, it is very important to learn about the fabric. This is because the washing method is often different for different materials.

In addition, you also need to check the size and weight of the blanket. If it is too heavy or large, the chances are, your home washer can’t handle it. If your washing machine’s weight capacity is good enough, use your own washing machine in the lightest wash setting.

You can use warm or cold water cycle depending on the material. In most cases, the washing instructions will tell you which to use. If your blanket is from soft fleece or ultra-soft chenille, you can wash it with cold water. On the other hand, if it contains poly-pellets or if it is a waterproof blanket, use warm water.

In the case of cotton, you can use both warm or cold water. However, with all blankets, use detergent in very moderate quantity and avoid fabric softeners, especially in the case of soft fleece blankets.

You can use fabric softener only with a flannel blanket with the cold water cycle. This will soften the flannel blanket.

Hand Washing Your Blanket

In case you don’t want to use the washing machine, you can use your bathtub to wash the blanket by hand. Here is how to do it:

  1. Fill the tub with hot or cold water according to the blanket material.
  2. Then, add a small quantity of detergent into the water, and submerge the blanket into the water. Make sure the blanket is completely covered in the water.
  3. After some time, drain the water.
  4. Once all soapy water is drained, leave the blanket in the tub and refill it with clean water.
  5. Rinse the blanket in the clean water to make sure that there is no more soap left on the blanket.
  6. Once done, squeeze the blanket by hand to remove the excess water and hang it under the sun to dry it.

More Useful Tips

  • If your weighted blanket weighs more than 12 pounds, we recommend to use a commercial washer and dryer to clean it.
  • In case your blanket has a stain, it is better to treat it separately before a wash.
  • To set the bright colors of the blanket cover, you can also use one cup of salt when washing.

The Final Words

Weighted blankets require extra care when washing as they are all about sensory comfort. If you wash them in the wrong way, it can ruin the feel and comfort of the blanket. However, if you wash and treat the blanket according to the ways shared in this article, you can keep your blanket in premium condition for a long time.