To keep your blanket from damage for as long as possible takes some simple care tips. First rule of thumb is to spot clean whenever possible. Avoid washing and drying your blanket in a machine unless necessary. Then lastly, repair any holes immediately to prevent leakage.
Protect Your Blanket with a Cover
Using a cover with your blanket is the best way to keep it fresh. With a cover, you don’t have to wash your blanket. Instead, just air it out in moderate sunlight every couple of months to dry out any moisture in your blanket. Use a natural fabric freshener to spray your blanket to get rid of any odour. If you do not want to purchase a cover, you could also place the weighted blanket on top of your duvet or a light throw. Our Nimbus blankets are designed to be used with other layers because it is lighter than most weighted blankets. Therefore, you can customize the warmth and weight to your needs.
Spot Clean Any Stains or Spills
It is no secret that weighted blankets are heavy and more difficult to clean in your washing machine or by hand. That is why spot cleaning is the easiest and most efficient way to keep your blanket stain free. We’ve tested out a few natural cleaning agents that is delicate on your skin and your blanket.
BAKING SODA AND DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
This combination of baking soda and distilled white vinegar is a popular spot cleaning method for most fabrics because it really works. First, sprinkle the baking soda on the stain to soak up the moisture. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes before dabbing it with a mix of equal parts water and vinegar directly onto the stain. Let the vinegar soak for 15 to 30 minutes before blotting and rinsing. Then spray the stain with a natural fabric freshener to get rid of any smell left behind.
Hydrogen peroxide is effective for removing organic stains from food, wine, grass, and bodily fluids. Spray or dab the hydrogen peroxide on the spill and let it sit for 15 minutes. Immediately rinse and spray the spot with fabric freshener to get rid of the remaining odour.
Handwashing vs. Machine Washing
We suggest that you protect and spot clean your blanket rather than washing it regularly. Washing your blanket regularly is not only unnecessary, it is inefficient, time consuming, and in some cases damaging to your blanket.
Hand-washing your blanket is great for two reasons. One, you can avoid any damage that a washing machine can cause to your blanket and two, you can get a great workout from it too. Did you know that hand-washing for thirty minutes can burn up to 250 calories? Now that is an amazing workout.
To begin the process, just fill a tub with warm water and some mild detergent or natural soap. Fully submerge the blanket and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. Drain the tub of the soaking water completely. Have the water running while you step on the blanket to remove excess soap. Continue applying pressure on the blanket until there is no soap left or until the water runs clear. Turn of the water and continue stepping on it to remove excess water. Hang dry your blanket in moderate sunlight until completely dry.
In order to use a machine to wash your blanket, you need a front loading machine rather than a top loading machine because the weight of the blanket can throw your machine off balance. Put your machine on a gentle rinse cycle on cold water with no other clothing and items in the machine, before placing your weighted blanket inside. After washing your blanket, hang dry it in moderate sunlight until completely dry.
THE DO’S AND DONT’S OF CLEANING YOUR WEIGHTED BLANKET
- Don’t wash your blanket with other articles of clothing or any items that can snag or damage your blanket.
- Do hand wash your blanket or place it on a gentle rinse cycle with cold water in the machine.
- Don’t use bleach, harsh cleaning agents, fabric softeners or dryer sheets because it can cause damage to the fabric.
- Do spot clean and protect your blanket regularly.
- Don’t wash your blanket more than once or twice a month.
- Do use natural detergents and fabric fresheners.
- Don’t use hot water to wash your blanket to prevent your blanket from pilling.
Hang Dry vs. Machine Dry
Similar to the hand washing vs. machine washing argument, hang drying your blanket is more natural and less damaging to your blanket. However, our blanket is made from bamboo and will not shrink like other weighted blankets, which are made from cotton.
Air drying or hang drying your blanket is not only eco-friendly, it is gentler on your blanket. All you need is some sunlight. You can hang your blanket in front of a window, on your porch, or in your backyard in moderate sunlight until it is completely dry. You can spray the blanket with a natural fabric freshener to add some scent to your freshly clean blanket.
If hang drying your blanket is not an option, dry your blanket in the machine on a delicate cycle. Do not use drying sheets as it can cause damage to your blanket. Also, dry your blanket alone so that it is not damaged by other items of clothing. If your blanket is completely dry, you can dry it on high heat for 5-10 minutes.
Our blanket is made from bamboo and is designed in a honeycomb pattern so that the weight is distributed evenly and the blanket is stronger than most weighted blankets. However, accidents happen and holes are a part of life. If there is a hole in your blanket, you can sew the rip edges together with the same colour thread or some fabric glue.