Since winter is here, you’ll find everyone lugging a throw blanket or a comforter with them all around the house. Blankets happen to be the most important winter essential, and if appropriately kept, especially when it comes to washing them, can last for a good period.
So, do take note that blankets, just like any other clothing and bedding items require proper cleaning regularly. You should wash your blankets and comforters that you use the most at least once a month to prevent dust buildup as this can affect the blanket’s life.
Washing blankets is an easy job; you can either wash your blanket using a washing machine or can wash it by hand. Although most blankets can be machine washed, as long as you’re using the right settings; however, if you’re unsure and don’t want to risk damaging your blanket then it’s better to wash it by hand.
If you’re someone who has no idea how to wash a blanket correctly then follow the following tips to help you out!
How to properly wash a blanket!
If you’re scared that the washing machine might damage your blankets, then it’s better to wash it with your hands. Firstly fill up a tub with some cold water and add detergent. Make sure that the tub you’re using is large enough for your blanket. Also, ensure that you don’t fill your tub too much or else it might overflow once you put the blanket in.
Once you’ve added the detergent, let your blanket spread through the water and swish it around. Softly knead the blanket and drag it back and forth. It would better to take one section and clean it first before moving onto another part.
Once you’ve cleaned the entire blanket, it is time to thoroughly press out the excess water. Take the blanket out of the tub and let all of the soapy water run out. You should squeeze the blanket out to get rid of excess water. Remember to press the blanket, don’t wring the water out; it’s a safer way of squeezing out the water without stretching the fabric out of shape.
The next step is to wash the blanket again, using plain water. This will ensure that all the detergent is rinsed away and no soap is left. Fill the tub and rinse off the blanket a couple of times until the water remains clean. It is always better to wash delicate fabrics by hand, such as wool, linen, silk.
By a washing machine:
The first step is to see whether or not your blanket will fit in the washing machine. Usually front-loading and top-loading washers, without agitators, are a good option for you, as they happen to be quite spacious and allow the blanket to move smoothly. But if your blanket is too big and thick then use a laundromat washing machine instead.