You want to learn how to wash your plush and fluffy blankets so that it stays the way it was when you bought it, right? Well, we are going to look at how this is done right so that you can enjoy your plush, cozy, soft, fluffy blanket for a long time to come.
Firstly, if the blanket has some stain on it, you should clean it as soon as possible. The way to do this is to put some liquid detergent right at the spot where the stain is, fold it up and put in your top load with agitator washing machine. If you have a top load with no agitator it is still okay.
Now, because the blanket is plush and soft, you should put it alone in the washing machine. If the plush blanket is not that dirty, just the stain on that one spot, you don’t need to add any other detergent in the washing machine. You don’t want anything else with it so that it doesn’t lose it’s plush and fluffiness.
It should be washed with the setting on a cold delicate . That is, the washing machine should be put on a cold delicate and the shortest wash cycle available.
You could add a little white vinegar to the rinse cycle to help the plush blanket stay soft like new and remove any residue on the blanket.
To dry your plush blanket, put it in the dryer for a short period of time, say about 3 minutes, remove it, fluff it up and hand dry it until it dries completely.
That is the summary of how to wash a plush blanket.
Now the step by step version of how to wash a plush blanket.
- Before anything else, please use the label instructions that came with the blanket. You know, that label attached to the plush blanket. It contains the manufacturer’s instructions on washing the blanket. That is, the dos and don’ts that should be applied when washing it. The manufacturer knows what materials was used in the manufacture of the blanket and therefore knows what to use while washing it so it doesn’t get damaged.
A typical label will have something like;
And look something like this with symbols.
2. If there are some stains on the blanket, put a little dish soap on the hard-to-clean area. Let the soap sit for ten minutes, then use a moist paper towel to gently blot the stain.
Try dusting a little amount of corn starch onto the stain and allowing it to settle for 5-10 minutes. It will absorb the oils in the stain, after which you may simply wipe it off.
Avoid scrubbing at spots too forcefully. If you do this, the problem will merely get worse.
3. Now put your plush blanket in your top loading washing machine. Better to wash it alone. If you must add other items, make sure these items will not cause friction has to make your plush blanket less soft and fluffy after washing.
4. Set your washing machine on a gentle or delicate cycle and with the agitator on it would not cause too much friction and get spoilt. Also use with cold water. Remember that the blanket, when wet, will be heavy hence the delicate cycle.
5. Use your regular liquid dish washing detergent which is not very powerful. And a little of it. Putting a lot of detergent means you will be battling with squeezing all that foam out of the plush blanket leaving behind some residue of detergent which could eventually weaken the fabric of the blanket and cause it to tear in the not too distant future. Also the absence of other more powerful ingredients like bleach in the liquid detergent makes it most suitable for this.
6. After washing your plush blanket, the next thing is to dry it. There are two ways you can dry your blanket. The old traditional way of hanging it out to dry on a line or using your machine dryer.
“Hanging your plush and fluffy blanket out to dry is the surest way to ensure it returns to it’s original form.”
While hanging it out to dry is the more preferred option, because it restores the blanket to it’s initial state in a gentle way, this option however, takes time. It could take about 24 hours to dry on a line. The quicker option which is to tumble dry the blanket. Tumble is the most gentle setting of all drying by machine option and you want to be as gentle as possible with your plush and fluffy blanket in order not to damage it. You should always dry on the side of caution so set your dryer to the lowest setting possible. If you use high heat to dry, the layers may stick together right out of the dryer.
If you want you could put in a dryer sheet to give it a clean scent. This will not cause any problem. You can also pause your machine when drying to fluff it up a bit.
7. After your plush blanket has dried, you might notice some wrinkles on it. These can be eliminated by folding the blanket and placing it under other clothing or just spreading it out on a sofa.
What you should not do during and after washing your plush blanket.
- Do not use bleach or other powerful detergents for wash. To gently remove spot stains you could use white vinegar instead.
- Do not iron your plush blanket because high heat is the fastest and surest way to quickly damage your plush blanket.
- Do not ignore the instructions on the manufacturers label attached to the blanket. Follow the instructions diligently.
- Do not use fabric softeners. They will spoil the fabric the plush blanket is made of.
How to wash plush and fluffy blankets by hand.
If you are concerned that using your washing machine to wash your plush and fluffy blankets could damage it, the other sure way to wash it is by hand.
All you need is a big basin or bath tub or sink that can take the blanket.
Pour cool water into it such that it can take the blanket fully submerged. Add some mild detergent and put the blanket in.
You can swish around the blanket while in the water for some few minutes making sure that the detergent has really soaked the blanket. Wait for like 30 to 45 minutes.
Then squeeze out the water from the blanket gently. Make sure all the detergent has been fully rinsed from the blanket then hang dry.
Author: Saleh Ibrahim