How do you Wash a Weighted Blanket?
How do you Wash a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets have become a popular tool for managing anxiety, stress, and insomnia. These blankets are designed to provide deep-pressure touch therapy, which can help regulate the production of serotonin and melatonin in the body. While weighted blankets can be incredibly beneficial for those who use them, they do require proper care to maintain their effectiveness and longevity. In this article, we'll go over how to wash a weighted blanket so you can keep yours clean and in top condition.
Step 1: Check the Care Label
Before you begin washing your weighted blanket, it's important to check the care label for any specific instructions or guidelines. Some weighted blankets may be machine washable, while others may need to be hand washed or dry-cleaned. Pay close attention to the care instructions, as washing your blanket in the wrong way can cause it to become damaged or lose its shape.
Step 2: Choose the Right Detergent
Once you know how to wash your weighted blanket, the next step is to choose the right detergent. It's important to use a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent to avoid irritation or allergies. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can strip the color or fabric of your blanket. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you may want to consider using a natural or fragrance-free detergent.
Step 3: Pre-Treat Any Stains
Before you start the washing process, it's a good idea to pre-treat any stains on your weighted blanket. To do this, simply mix a small amount of detergent with water and gently blot the stain with a clean cloth. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to use a specialized stain remover or a paste made of baking soda and water. Be sure to test any products you use on a small, inconspicuous area of the blanket first to make sure they won't cause any discoloration or damage.
Step 4: Wash the Blanket
Once you've pre-treated any stains and gathered your supplies, it's time to start washing your weighted blanket. If your blanket is machine washable, add it to your washing machine along with the recommended amount of detergent. If your blanket is not machine washable, you'll need to hand wash it in a tub or sink using the same method.
When washing your blanket, be sure to use lukewarm water and avoid agitating the fabric too much. You can gently swish the blanket around in the water to help loosen any dirt or debris. If you're washing a larger blanket, you may need to do this in two or more batches to ensure that it's thoroughly cleaned.
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat
After you've washed your weighted blanket, it's important to thoroughly rinse out all of the soap and detergent. To do this, fill your tub or sink with clean, lukewarm water and add your blanket. Gently swish it around to remove any remaining soap or detergent, then drain the water and repeat the process until the water runs clear.
Step 6: Dry the Blanket
Once you've finished washing and rinsing your weighted blanket, it's time to dry it. If your blanket is machine washable, you can place it in your dryer on a low or medium-heat setting. Be sure to check the care label for specific drying instructions, as some blankets may need to be air-dried or tumble-dried on a cool setting.
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