How to Wash A Weighted Blanket?
It is widely known that weighted blankets help you sleep better thanks to numerous sleep promoting benefits. From comforting you with a deep pressure stimulation, to being one of the best things to have ever worked for those dealing with insomnia, anxiety, PTSD and other sensory disorders that would keep one from having a healthy sleep cycle.
If you have got a weighted blanket, then chances are that you have gotten good use of it in the past several months. This also means that your weighted blankets have kept you company on several of your Netflix and binge nights and been treated to occasional food spills.
Well, sir, it is time to clean up your mess, so that your weighted blanket stays in good shape and lasts as long as possible. Yes, just like you, they deserve some good old TLC too, to stay in good shape. Well, in this post we hope to break just exactly how to clean your weighted blanket so that they remain in good condition.
Start By Reading Tag Instructions Carefully
Well, before jumping in and soaking your weighted blanket in a pool of detergent, read the care instruction written on your weighted blanket’s tag. The manufacturer would have given either clear washing instructions or at least mentioned if it is machine wash friendly or not.
Weighted blankets are made of a variety of filler materials and you’d want to make sure that you don’t end up ruining them or the fabric cover. Some weighted blankets come with a removable cover, which would be mentioned in the tag, in which case you can just wash the cover and replace it. However, if you skip reading the tag instructions entirely, then you may end up destroying your weighted blanket entirely.
Washing Your Weighted Blanket
Once you are familiar with the blanket manufacturer’s washing instructions, you can pick between your method of washing.
Washing the cover:
Several weighted blankets come with an outer cover that can be removed easily. It is one of the best ways to improve the longevity of your blankets. If your weighted blanket came with a cover then you can just wash those, instead of soaking the entire blanket. Just check for stains, clear those out and then wash them.
Machine wash (Recommended for Blankets weighing less than 5 to 7kg):
Depending on the fabric, you can pick between washing it in warm or cold water and be sure to use a mild detergent that does not contain bleach. It is advisable to use a light wash setting and if you are washing it with other items, make sure that they are of similar colours so that you don’t end up with a mess in case the colour bleeds.
Be careful with the fabric softener, too much of it can prove detrimental to your weighted blanket’s longevity. Of course be mindful of the weight of the blanket, before you go dunking it in the machine. If your weighted blanket is heavier than 5 kilograms, then it is advisable to get it washed at a professional laundry place to avoid ruining your washing machine with a heavy load. You can also choose to wash it with your hand.
Hand wash (Recommended for Blankets weighing more than 7kg)
While it is cumbersome to wash a heavier weighted blanket with hands, it is also the only way to deep clean it at home.
Start by filling up your bathtub halfway and add about 1.5 cups of mild bleach-free detergent to the water. Mix it for lather and now dunk your weighted blanket in it for a good soaking session of about 45 minutes. You will see the dirt loosening and the water changing colour. At this time, clear out the water in the bathtub and rinse the blanket. Repeat the same process until you get clear water and your blanket is free of soap.
Not all fabrics can be washed with water. Those made of rayon, silk or wool are good candidates for dry cleaning as water could possibly ruin them completely. It is best to give it to your trusted laundromat to dry clean such weighted blankets.
How Often Should You Clean A Weighted Blanket?
Let’s be real here, nobody likes doing the laundry. Washing weighted blankets can be quite the house chore and frankly one of the least interesting ones. Hence, it is wise to probably invest in a few weighted blanket covers, which you can replace as and when they get dirty. And frankly, washing covers is a million times easier than dragging a super heavy blanket in and out of the washer.
You can wash the covers once a month, depending on your use and clean the weighted blanket about two to four times in a year. If you do not opt for a cover, then it is advisable to wash your weighted blanket every month, if you use it regularly. Washing it four times in a year will also do the trick, if you don’t use it as often. Of course how many times and how to wash it, also depends on the make of your weighted blanket. Not all fabrics are the same and hence, not all need to be washed regularly.
Drying Your Weighted Blanket
In machine wash, while putting it in a dryer, be sure to use a low heat setting and allow your blanket enough room in the machine so that it can dry evenly. You can also choose to just line dry it, if you enjoy the crisp fresh air smell in your fabric.
If you have washed it with your hand, then you can press and squeeze each part of the blanket to push out excess water soaked in it. The safest possible way to dry the core is to just hang it in the sun and let it air dry. It helps if you wash it in the morning and put it out to dry during a bright sunny afternoon.
Different Fabrics Require Different Wash Styles
Weighted blankets are made of different kinds of materials and thus figuring out how to wash them depends on the nature of these fabrics. Here’s a look at the materials and specific instructions on how to wash them.
- Cotton: Being a durable material, cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to wash. Use a gentle laundry detergent and wash it on a cool wash cycle and just hang it to dry or just put it in the dryer. Cotton weighted blankets can withstand several gentle washes and do not show wear and tear very easily.
- Flannel: It is a medium-weight cotton fabric, which is super soft and has a fuzzy finish, which makes for really cozy weighted blankets. If you have a flannel weighted blanket, then you can follow the same washing process as the cotton one.
- Linen Blend: If your weighted blanket has a linen-rayon blend, then it is best to stick to dry cleaning your weighted blankets. If it is any other kind of linen blend, then you can run a cold rinse cycle in your machine for a good wash.
- Silk: While silk isn’t the usual go-to option for a weighted blanket, regardless, if you are luxe like that, then the best way to clean a silk weighted blanket is to treat the stain separately and then stick to dry cleaning.
- Wool: You can’t machine wash wool. Hence, with a woollen weighted fabric, you have to either resort to hand washing it yourself or get it dry cleaned at the nearest laundromat.
How To Get Rid of Nasty Stains On Your Weighted Blanket?
From the wine spills to those persistent nacho dip stains, your weighted blankets are as much at risk of being ruined by nasty stains as that lovely T-shirt you once spilled ketchup on. Hence, it is important that you treat their stains, before throwing them in the laundry pile. Here are a few tricks to save you from staining your weighted blanket permanently.
- Run it under cold water:
Hold the stain part of the fabric wide under the tap and run cold water on the spot in order to remove the dirt. Hold the blanket away from you so that you don’t end up spilling water all over the floor, creating a mess. Do not use warm water or it will just set the stain permanently on the fabric.
- Bleach-free stain remover:
You’d want to stay away from any laundry product that contains bleach as it could running the fabric. In cases of liquid spills, use a bleach-free stain remover, raise the spotted fabric and spray at the target spot. Now gently clean the stain using a toothbrush or your fingers.
While there are many stain removers in Australia, we’ve personally tried and tested Bosisto’s Euco Fresh Pre-Wash Stain Remover to spot clean the blanket and it worked very well.
- Greasy stains:
If you spilled pasta, pizza, curry on any other oil-based food item on your weighted blanket, then your first step should be to follow the above instruction and then wash the stain with soap. Do not use soap that may contain and stick to gently brushing or scrubbing the stain spot to avoid it spreading further.
Once you have got these persistent stains off your weighted blanket, the next obvious step is to wash the blanket thoroughly.
Can You Iron The Weighted Blanket?
Well, you may not be really thinking about ironing a weighted blanket, but in case you were, let us stop you right there.
Weighted blankets have different kinds of fillers, from sand to micro plastic poly pellets, which may change their true structural properties when exposed to the ironing heat. This could cause irreversible damage to your weighted blanket, hence it is best to avoid ironing your weighted blankets.
Don’t Make These Mistakes
While washing weighted blankets is all about being gentle with the fabric, there are some big no-nos that could cause them wear and tear within just a few washes. Here’s a look
- Hot water:
Washing in hot water can be harsh on your fabric, while you may not notice any difference initially, but it could shorten your weighted blanket’s lifespan in the long run. Hence, always stick to cold or warm water to rinse your weighted blankets.
- Fabric softener:
We all like our weighted blankets to stay soft and cozy, don’t we? Well a fabric softener would just make it bulkier and starchy, hence it is best to avoid them.
This one is a big no. Even if you have a terrible stain, it is advisable to spot treat it with bleach-free soap or stain remover and then wash it with a gentle detergent later.
We genuinely hope this post educates you in making an informed decision to wash your weighted blankets. With that in mind, if you do choose to hand wash your weighted blankets, keep in mind that when they soak up water, they can get really heavy and if you don’t want to end up being a cautionary tale, it is best to reach out for help from your friends and family before you go about washing it all by yourself.
We understand what a miracle weighted blankets have proven to be especially to those who have struggled with abnormal sleep cycles for years and finally found solace in these cozy wonders.
We hope you use these washing tips to ensure your beloved weighted blanket lasts long, ensuring you a good night’s sleep. Because we all know that when you sleep better, you live better too.