The right way to clean your weighted blanket
After a tough day at work, all you want to do after dinner is to snuggle up in your heavy blanket and calm yourself down. However, your kids and pets are definitely going to jump over it, making it dirty, smelly, and stained too. Further, your body odor and body oil can also make it smelly. So, just like your standard blankets and duvets, you will have to clean your anxiety blankets regularly to keep it hygienic, allergy-free, and comfortable. Weighted blankets for kids require even more frequent cleaning than weighted blankets for adults, especially if your child is a bedwetter. However, you can’t just toss it off into your washing machine and hang it on the laundry wire for drying.
Weighted blankets require a very careful cleaning approach in order to maintain the weight distribution and prevent the filling materials from clumping. In this blog, we will provide you step-by-step guidelines on how to clean your stress blanket the right way.
Here are a few things that you must keep in mind while buying/cleaning the best weighted blanket:
- Buy a blanket that comes with a duvet cover. This sounds obvious but a lot of inexpensive weighted blanket manufacturers do not provide covers with their product. You can't always wash the whole blanket, as it is very time consuming, required for a lot of water, and effort too! If your weighted blanket for adult comes with a duvet cover, you can simply unzip it and toss it off in a washing machine almost every fortnight or even every week. If you haven’t yet bought a weighted blanket, you should consider AG weighted blankets for kids and adults. These heavy blankets come with removable duvet covers. The entire set is machine washable, unlike many other inexpensive weighted blankets that need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. Whether you are buying it for a bedwetter or for someone who is extremely allergic to dust, AG weighted blankets for adult is definitely going to save your cleaning time and money. Here is its weighted blanket Amazon link.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions on the label and follow them. Every stress blanket is made differently with a different filling and different fabric. So, obviously, there cannot be a fixed set of cleaning guidelines for all of them. We strongly recommend that you must read the manufacturer's instruction and adhere to them strictly to keep your blanket in a usable condition.
- Use a laundromat to wash very heavy blankets: Even though your anxiety blanket is machine washable, you need to be careful while throwing it in your washing machine. This is because your washing machine is designed to handle only a specific amount of load and overloading can damage the dryer. Usually, most non-commercial washing machines have a weight bearing capacity of 20 lbs. If your blanket is over 20 lbs, you should take it to a nearby laundromat and use a commercial-sized machine for washing and drying it. Using a laundromat can be expensive, especially if you have to wash your weighted blanket frequently. You can hand wash the blanket in your bathtub instead.
- Spot clean the stains. Just like any other fabric in your household, spot treatment of stains is strongly recommended for your weighted blanket too. Beverages such as coffee, red wine, oils, body oils, blood stains, etc. are common spills and, unfortunately, their stains are too difficult to get rid off, unless you spot treat them. Make sure you do not use any harsh chemical for treating the stains. Most stain removal products contain bleach and other whitening agents. Such products can permanently discolor the stained area. Moreover, they often leave an unpleasant smell on the fabric, which could cause discomfort and even allergic reactions. Always prefer a bleach-free, hypoallergenic stain removal product for your favorite top rated weighted blanket. To spot clean the stain, run the stained area under cold water thoroughly. If required, you can rub in some gentle detergent, leave it for a few minutes, and gently rub it with a soft cloth brush. Wash off the detergent with cold water and then, put the blanket or its cover into the washing machine. Even if it is a dry stain, you need to follow the same procedure.
- Use a gentle detergent to wash the weighted blankets for adult. Almost all top rated weighted blankets are made of soft cotton. Harsh chemicals can and take away the softness from the fabric. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you must wash them using a gentle detergent, probably the one you use for wool. We do not recommend using bleach, vinegar, or any other oxy products as they can leave permanent stains on the heavy blanket. We also do not recommend using fabric softeners, as they can cause build up and make the blanket very uncomfortable for use.
- Soak the weighted blankets for adults in salty water to lock the color. If you are watching it for the first time, soak the blanket in cold water and add a cup of salt to it to prevent the dye from running or fading.
- Always wash your weighted blanket for anxiety in cold water. You may use warm water but avoid hot water, as the filling materials can melt or crumble together, thereby making it completely useless. Some inexpensive weighted blankets have low-quality fillings that can melt even at very low temperature. So, unless you are absolutely sure about the quality of the filling, we recommend that you must use cold water to clean your blanket.
- If possible, air dry your blanket. Air drying is the best way to avoid any kind of damage to the weighted blanket. All you need to do is to take it out from the washing machine and spread it on a flat surface, probably on a clean floor. If you don't have enough space to lay it down, you can put it on a drying rack. If you are using a drying rack, make sure you evenly distribute the weight. Uneven distribution of weight can spoil its shape. Further, if the weight is more on one side, it will put a strain on the blanket and there are chances that the fabric may tear away. Keep flipping and shaking the blanket once or twice every hour to redistribute the beads. The weighted blankets for kids and adults are designed to have an even weight distribution so that they can put gentle, uniform pressure on your body, thereby making you feel comfortable. So, you will have to be careful while cleaning and drying it.
- If you are in a hurry, you may tumble dry it use the lowest heat setting but we recommend that you must keep patience and let the blanket dry on its own. It could take up to 24 hours for your blanket to dry out, depending on the quality of the fillings, the fabric used, and the indoor or outdoor temperature where you are drying it out. Glass beads do not absorb water plus 100% cotton fabric also takes less time to dry out, as compared to the minky ones or the fleece ones. AG weighted blankets for kids and adults use both these materials, which is why we strongly recommend them. Some inexpensive weighted blankets use rice, sand, and organic materials as fillings. Please be aware of them, as such blankets cannot be washed. You have to get them dry cleaned. Sand, rice, beans, etc. are highly water-absorbable substances. Drying them completely can take a lot of time. Further, rice, beans, and other organic materials can become stinky, posing a risk of bacterial infection and allergies. This is the reason why most people prefer glass beads or poly-pellet fillings.
- Never hang your stress blanket using the corners. This will throw off the weight distribution and you will no longer be able to use it as comfortably as you used to. The best way to dry your blanket is to squeeze it out gently for removing the excess water and hanging it on a drying rack uniformly.
- Do not iron your weighted blanket. Ironing or microwaving is not recommended as the heat can melt the filling materials or make them clump together, thereby disturbing its weight distribution. If you keep flipping and shaking your stress blanket every 30 minutes while drying it, you wouldn’t require any ironing. You can, however, iron the cover before putting it back on the blanket.
- Even if the outer fabric seems to have dried, press on it to see if there is still any moisture left inside. To avoid any stinky smell or molds, put the cover back on the weighted blanket only when the blanket has dried completely from inside as well as from outside. You can let it dry for some extra hours.
Cleaning the weighted blankets for anxiety requires time, patience, and absolute care. But, if you care for it properly and follow the above-mentioned instructions, you can continue using it for years.