How To Clean A Weighted Blanket
There are various considerations to make when determining how to wash your weighted blanket. You should consider the fillers and cover material. But for the most part, you should wash your weighted blanket in cold water using a mild detergent and hang dry.
Weighted blanket fills: Which are washable and which aren't?
Over time, your weighted blanket may start to smell a little funky. Sweating, spills, and microscopic debris necessitate washing the blanket every so often. But you don't want to wash it the same way you wash your clothes.
In addition to the cover material, weighted blankets also contain fillers inside that give them extra heft. Certain fillers are suitable for washing machines while others aren't.
Non-toxic glass beads, like the ones you find in Snuggle Pro's weighted blankets, are machine-washable. When in doubt, always check the tag to learn how you should wash this important item.
Micro glass beads
Micro glass beads are found in many weighted blankets, including those from Snuggle Pro. Not only are the beads smooth and noiseless, but they hold up great in the washer. The beads can be treated at high temperatures without risk of melting.
Plastic poly pellets
Plastic pellets are made out of great materials that have never been exposed to toxins. The downside is that you can't expose them to high temperatures. If you do, you run the risk of the fillers melting and fusing together.
Steel shot beads
Steel shot beads are popular fillers because they don't get too bulky. But since they're heavy, they're generally not recommended for a washer. On aggressive wash cycles, the beads can destroy the fabric and leak out.
Some weighted blankets rely on small rocks. While they tend to be cheaper, pebbles don't hold up well at all in the wash. You need to hand-wash these blankets every single time.
Rice or corn
Another rare filler involves organic materials, such as rice or corn. When exposed to water, these substances have a high risk of developing mold. That means you really can't wash it at all.
Cover materials differ widely—Here's how to wash them
Fillers are just one component of the equation. You also need to consider the cover material. Similarly to how you wash a cotton sweater differently from a wool one also applies to your weighted blanket.
Cotton is the material of choice with Snuggle Pro. The fabric is breathable and comfortable to sleep under regardless of the temperature. Cotton is also easy to wash. It goes in the washing machine on a cold, gentle cycle.
Rayon contains cellulose fiber made out of vegetables. It's recommended to hand-wash this material due to its quality. Additionally, you want to lay it out flat to dry because once wrinkles set in, they're difficult to remove.
Flannel is another breathable fabric. Before washing it, you want to pretreat any stains or spots. After that, you can run it in the wash on a cold, gentle cycle alongside some mild detergent.
You don't find too many silk weighted blankets. This is due to how delicate the material is. As a result, you shouldn't put it in the washer. Instead, you need to wash silk by hand in cold water with a mild detergent.
Minky is popular due to its softness and ability to retain heat. While it's safe to put in a washing machine with cold water, you want to avoid using fabric softener. It has the potential of degrading the blanket's overall softness.
Skip the dryer altogether, air drying is key!
Throwing a blanket in the dryer is easier than air drying it. However, air drying can keep your blanket resilient for much longer.
In a dryer, the materials in your weighted blanket may shrink or harden. Air drying doesn't expose the blanket to as much intense heat. So follow these tips for keeping your blanket looking and feeling great.
- Avoid hanging over a clothesline. Use a chair or rack.
- Maintain even distribution of weight when lying it out.
- Smooth out any bunched-up areas.
- Flip the blanket every 2 hours, shaking every time you do so.
Avoid these things when washing your weighted blanket
In the event it's safe to put your weighted blanket in the washer, you still need to consider what else you put in there. Cold water and a mild detergent are really all you need.
- Bleach - Bleach is an aggressive chemical agent. You should never wash your blanket in it because bleach can degrade the cover material.
- Fabric softener - You just need a mild detergent. Leave the fabric softener out of it. This cleaner can negatively alter the softness of the blanket, particularly if it's made out of minky or plush.
- Hot water - Extreme heat has been known to shrink blankets. Certain fillers, primarily plastic pellets, can melt in these high temperatures, which ruins the distribution of weight.
Be mindful of the weight of your blanket
Ideally, you want to buy a weighted blanket that's 10 percent of your body weight. So if you're 200 pounds, then your blanket should weigh 20 pounds.
Keep the weight in mind when you're determining how to clean your weighted blanket. Some blankets are too heavy to go in a standard, household washing machine.
Weighted Blankets 5-10lbs
Your home's washing machine should be able to handle 5 to 10 pounds. Just make sure you don't put anything else in there with your blanket. Additionally, use cold water for the wash cycle.
Weighted Blankets 15lbs
Do you wash heavy comforters in your home's washer with no problem? If you answered, "Yes," to that question, then the machine can probably handle a 15-pound weighted blanket. No other clothes or bedding should go in the same cycle.
Weighted Blankets 20lbs+
At 20 pounds, you generally need a commercial washer. The machines you find at laundromats are designed to handle heavier items. Therefore, you need to make the drive over. Keep the blanket by itself in its wash and only use cold water.
How to get specific stains out of your weighted blanket
Typically, you should wash your weighted blanket 3 or 4 times a year. However, if a stain gets on it, then you need to act immediately before it's stuck there permanently.
Your nightcap could turn into a disaster if you spill red wine on your blanket. First, you need one to two ounces of distilled white vinegar. Pour it over the stain and let it stay there for about 10 minutes. At that point, use a wet towel to blot the stain. Dry off with a different towel.
In the event the stain is still there, utilize an enzyme stain remover to break down the proteins. Let the remover stay on the stain for roughly 30 minutes. After that, use a wet towel to blot out the area.
You should see the stain start to disappear at this point. Throw it in the wash with cold water and air-dry.
Breakfast in bed turns into a disaster when you spill some coffee on your weighted blanket. The first step involves making a solution of 1 ounce distilled white vinegar, 1 ounce liquid laundry detergent, and 10 ounces of water.
Apply your solution to the stained portion. Get a toothbrush or washcloth to gently scrub at the stain. After that, let it rest for about 10 minutes.
After that, you can rinse the area with water. You can repeat the process as often as necessary until the coffee stain is no more.
Children or pets may have an accident all over your favorite weighted blanket. If you catch it while the stain is still wet, then you can usually get it out with just soap and water. Keep washing until there's no longer a pungent odor.
However, if you don't learn of the stain until the next morning, then you need to use an enzyme stain remover. Put this substance into the washing machine. Wash it on a gentle cycle with cold water. You may need a second rinse if the smell is still there.
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