Washing a Weighted Blanket
Caring for any sort of linen is important, especially when it comes to washing them. You want to keep all of your pillows and blankets clean because those are the things that touch your body for hours when you are asleep. For folks who sleep with weighted blankets, cleaning is a more dedicated – and often challenging – process.
That’s why we’re going to give you an in-depth tutorial on how to clean your weighted blankets, both by hand and in a washing machine. We’ll also be giving you some extra information regarding weighted blankets and how they can improve your sleep.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide on how to wash your weighted blanket, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on for more.
Washing a Weighted Blanket in the Washing Machine
One of the most common queries that many weighted blanket owners have involves how often the blanket should be washed. According to most experts, if you are using your weighted blanket every day and night, then washing it once a month is more than enough. The great thing about most linen is that it can be washed both by hand and using a washing machine.
If you want to use a washing machine to wash your weighted blanket, you will want to check if it has any restrictions on weight before putting your blanket in there – if you don’t, you could seriously damage the machine. Most common household washers are able to sustain between 7 and 20lbs. If your weighted blanket weighs more than that, you will want to take it to a laundromat with high-capacity machines or wash it by hand.
Weighted blankets made from dense fabric with no fillers should be put in the washing machine with lukewarm or cool water and dried on a low heat. If your weighted blanket contains artificial fillers, you will want to wash it on a cool setting and dry it with a low heat. This is particularly important if your blanket is filled with plastic beads that are susceptible to melting under high temperatures.
If your blanket contains natural fillers, such as rice, sand, or beans, then you might not be able to soak it in the washer. Finally, if your weighted blanket cover can be detached, you will want to remove it and wash the blanket like you would any other piece of linen. For all types of weighted blankets, be sure to use a mild detergent, and avoid using fabric softener.
Washing a Weighted Blanket By Hand
If your weighted blanket is too heavy for your washing machine at home, and you don’t want to go to a laundromat to get it cleaned, then you always have the option of washing it by hand. This can also be the better process in the long-term, as you can be gentler on the fabric.
Before you begin the actual washing, you should treat any stains that might be on the blanket by soaking the dirty areas in cold water. Then, rub with a sponge or cloth in combination with a pea-size of detergent.
Then, ensure that your bathtub is completely clean, and fill it about halfway with lukewarm or cold water. Pour in one capful of mild detergent, then place the weighted blanket in the water and rub parts of it together, as you would if you were washing clothing or sheets. After you have soaped up all of the blanket, you should leave it to soak for about 10 – 15 minutes.
After that, come back and scrub it again. Drain the bathtub out, and rinse the blanket until no soapy water runs off of it. To dry it slightly, squeeze the blanket gently, but do not wring it out. Finally, lay it out flat so that it can dry completely.
Because weighted blankets are so heavy and large, the drying process is not going to be a swift one. Therefore you should choose a drying spot that is in sunlight, has good circulation, or that is close to a heating vent.