Fuzzy blankets are popular and widely used because of their softness and warmth. However, knowing how to wash fuzzy blankets is a different thing. It is important to keep the fuzzy blankets you have been snuggling up with all winter clean. In this article, we will guide you about how to wash, dry, and store your fuzzy blankets.
Fuzzy blankets are a type of blankets that have a fur-like texture which makes them very soft and warm for cold weather. They are made using different materials and which one you chose depends on your preferences. For instance, if you are living in a cold place, cotton or fleece would be a good choice for you since they are very warm. On the other hand, if you are looking for a breathable material that does not feel too warm, perhaps you should select cotton.
We think the best fuzzy blankets are the ones made from faux fur. They are not only super soft and feel cozy when you wrap yourself into them, but they are also durable and look luxurious.
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Washing a fuzzy blanket using a washing machine is possible, but it depends on the size and weight of your blanket and the space your washing machine has. Before tossing your fuzzy blanket in a washing machine, you should make sure that it has ample space. Commercial washing machines would be fine for a normal-sized blanket, however, if you have a particularly large and thick blanket, it is best to use a laundromat washing machine.
Use a gentle cycle when machine washing fuzzy blankets. Their softness can be easily damaged by a lot of spinning and rough beating. This would also make them out of shape and badly stretched.
Make sure to avoid washing the blanket with hot water since hot water can also be harmful. Hot water will shrink the blanket, and the heat will also fade bright colors and cause the dyes to run. Cool water is best suited for washing fuzzy blankets as it will not harm the fabric or cause any shrinkage.
As for the detergent, a quarter cap of mild detergent will be just fine. Pour a little amount of detergent into the washer after it fills, before you load the blanket. Do not apply the detergent directly on the blanket, instead let it spread evenly throughout the water before you put in the blanket.
Wash it for 3-5 minutes before taking it out of the washing machine. Longer periods of washing can stretch the fuzzy blanket and cause damage.
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To wash a fuzzy blanket by hand, you will need a tub large enough to immerse your blanket, some cool water, and a mild detergent. Fill the tub with cool water but not so much that water overflows when you put the blanket into it. Before putting your blanket in, spread the detergent evenly throughout the water, and again, do not apply it directly on your blanket.
Immerse your blanket in soapy water and drag it back and forth covering all the sections that need cleaning. It is better to wash one dirty section at a time and then move to the next until all of them are clean. When you are done with it, it is time to remove the excess absorbed water. Never twist the blanket as you would your clothes because that can stretch the blanket out of its shape. Alternatively, give 2 or 3 folds to the blanket and gently apply force with your hands to put some pressure on it to let the water squeeze out.
Fill the tub with some fresh cool plain water and wash the blanket again. You may need to repeat this a couple of times to get the best results. Washing fuzzy blankets can take some effort as compared to a washing machine, but washing by hand allows you to clean specific sections of your blanket and prevents it from getting stretched or damaged.
When it comes to drying a fuzzy blanket after a wash, first and foremost you should be careful of the intensity of heat you are using. So if you are going for a machine dry, make sure the heat is set at low or medium. High heat, as mentioned before, can burn synthetic materials and shrink your fuzzy blanket. You should put the blanket in the dryer in such a way that the blanket is evenly spread and not bunched up anywhere.
If your fuzzy blanket is too delicate then you should tumble dry it. Tumble drying will take you some time but it is good as it uses no heat and can prevent damage to your fuzzy blanket.
You can also dry your fuzzy blanket in the air – but this method is not suitable if it is too heavy. After squeezing out all the excess water from it, hang your fuzzy blanket somewhere outside with good airflow. It should be smoothed out, otherwise, wrinkles are going to form on the blanket’s surface. Also do not try to squeeze out the water by twisting the blanket, that would damage its shape.
It is important to monitor the blanket while it is drying in a machine or in an open place. If your blanket shows any bad sign like shrinking or burning during the drying process, you should stop it immediately and try another method which is suitable.
The right way to store your fuzzy blankets after a wash is to make sure they are completely dry with no parts containing any moisture. Ideally, you should place them in a place that allows them to breathe. That means a place that has good airflow and is not closed like a garage or an attic. It is best to store your fuzzy blankets on a shelf or closet that is clean and free from any bugs or other insects.
However, if you do not have shelves or a closet to keep them, then bags are your friends. A cotton storage bag will do well since cotton allows any leftover moisture to escape. Do not use plastic as it can trap moisture. You can easily keep your blanket stored in a cotton bag under your bed or any place in the house but do make sure there is no dust in that area and it’s cleaned regularly.
Before storing the blanket, ensure that it is properly folded and there is no extra weight pressing on it.
How often you should wash your fuzzy blanket depends on how much you use it. If it is not used very frequently, for instance, if it is a guest-room blanket that gets used once in a while when you have some visitors, then you only need to wash it every couple of months or even longer than that.
But for a blanket that’s used every day, like your blanket that you sleep in every night, cleaning it once a month is necessary. You should check for any stains or bad odors to decide whether it’s time for a wash or not.
We hope this article was helpful in guiding you about how to wash and dry your fuzzy blankets. But before putting any of the instructions given above, it is a good idea to make sure the instruction does not contradict anything mentioned on your blanket’s label. Please do read the washing instructions label very carefully.
Author: Saleh Ibrahim