Can You Wash A 15 Lb Weighted Blanket
How To Wash A 15lb Weighted Blanket
While you can wash a 15-pound weighted blanket, you want to follow the instructions carefully. You're generally safe to place it in the washing machine. However, you need to consider what your blanket is made out of to ensure you don't accidentally ruin it.
Weighted blanket fills: Which are washable and which aren't?
Sooner or later, your weighted blanket is going to get a little dirty. Luckily, you can wash it when that happens. However, you need to keep in mind that you wash weighted blankets differently than regular blankets.
Some blankets are pretty straightforward. The Snuggle Pro weighted blanket contains non-toxic glass beads that are safe in the washing machine.
But different weighted blankets may have different care instructions. Blankets can be made out of different materials. Different cover options and fillers are out there, and you want to make sure you know what to do with yours so that you don't accidentally make a mess.
Micro glass beads
This is the filler material you find in Snuggle Pro weighted blankets. Glass beads keep the blanket thin as they lie smoothly over your body. They're safe for washing machines.
Steel shot beads
These are smooth, steel balls inside the blanket. While they're also comfortable, they're not safe for the washing machine. They can cause the fabric to break open, and now you have a washer filled with steel beads.
Plastic poly pellets
These non-toxic beads make your blanket smooth. But you don't want to expose them to high temperatures, like in a washing machine. Heat can melt the beads and make them stick together.
Sand is a cheap filler material. You don't want to wash it often because sand clumps together in water. Or even worse, sand can cause a tear and leak into your machine.
Some weighted blankets out there are filled with organic materials, such as corn or rice. Washing with these materials increases the risk of developing mold or yeast on your blanket.
Cover materials differ widely—Here's how to wash them
In addition to the filler, you also need to consider what the blanket cover is made out of. Some materials handle a spin in the washer better than others, and you don't want to damage your new blanket.
This is Snuggle Pro's cover material of choice. It's breathable to keep you comfy any time of the year. It's also machine-washable. Just set it on a gentle cycle and don't use hot water.
Minky is a soft fabric that's extremely durable. It's recommended for cold seasons due to its ability to retain heat. You can also put it in a washing machine. Just make sure not to use any fabric softener, or you could impact the softness of the material.
Flannel is another breathable fabric. You should pretreat any stains before placing it in the washer. Use cold water and a mild detergent to get it clean.
Wool is incredibly delicate. It's also prone to shrinking, which is why you should clean it by hand. Always check the tag to see if the wool you have is machine-washable.
You don't find too many weighted blankets made out of silk. But if you have one, then wash it by hand with cold water and a mild detergent. Most experts recommend taking anything silk to a dry cleaners because they know how to handle it.
Skip the dryer altogether, air drying is key!
Once you know how to wash your weighted blanket, next comes the matter of drying. By and large, you should never put a weighted blanket in the dryer. This can ruin the softness of the outer fabric. In a dryer, there's also a risk of melting the fillers, which ruins the therapeutic properties of the blanket.
Here are some tips for air drying your weighted blanket.
- Lay out horizontally so that filler doesn't bunch up
- Flip and shake blanket once every 2 hours until it's dry
- Drape over a chair or rack instead of a standard clothesline
- Make sure weight is evenly distributed throughout
Be mindful of the weight of your blanket
Weighted blankets come in several different weights ranging from 5 to 30 pounds. This is another consideration to make before throwing your blanket in your home's washer. Some varieties may require a commercial washing machine.
Weighted Blankets 5-10lbs
Blankets weighing between 5 and 10 pounds are suitable for home washers. Make sure you wash the blanket by itself in cold water.
Weighted Blankets 15lbs
If you normally wash a heavy comforter in your home's washer, then you can generally put a 15-pound blanket in there, too. Use cold water and wash the blanket by itself.
Weighted Blankets 20lbs+
For weighted blankets weighing over 20 pounds, you want to take it to a laundromat. Those machines are heavier-duty and can better handle large loads. When taking your blanket to a laundromat, wash it by itself in cold water.
Avoid these things when washing your weighted blanket
One wrong step could ruin your weighted blanket forever. Whatever you do, avoid the following at all costs when washing your weighted blanket.
- Bleach - Never use bleach or other aggressive cleaning products. You just want a mild detergent to clean it.
- Hot water - The heat could shrink the cover material. There's also a risk high temperatures can melt the fillers.
- Fabric softener - Don't use fabric softener if the cover material is minky or plush. It ruins the softness.
How to get specific stains out of your weighted blanket
You may want a glass of wine as you nod off. While one spill may seem like a disaster, you shouldn't panic. A few simple steps can get the toughest stains out of your weighted blanket.
When red wine gets in the fabric, apply 1 to 2 ounces of distilled white vinegar to the area. Let is stay there for 5 to 10 minutes.
Next, blot the stain using a wet towel. Dry off with a different towel after. In the event the stain is still there after applying white vinegar, then try using an enzyme stain remover. After applying the remover, let it stay there for 30 minutes before blotting with a wet towel.
Once you see the stain starting to go away, wash the blanket in cold water. Let it hang dry as your dryer may set in any stain leftover.
For a coffee stain, you want to first mix together 1 ounce of distilled white vinegar, 1 ounce of laundry detergent, and 10 ounces of water. Apply the solution to the stain, gently scrubbing it with a toothbrush or washcloth.
Let the solution stay there for between 5 and 10 minutes. Next, rinse thoroughly with water. You can repeat these steps as necessary until the stain finally goes away.
Children and pets may end up having an accident on your weighted blanket. Since urine is acidic, you need to act quickly. When the stain is still wet, you should apply water and soap to remove the stain and odor.
In the event the stain has already dried, you want to apply an enzyme stain remover. You can dilute the remover into the washing water. You may need to wash the blanket a second time to fully get the smell out of the fabric.
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