How to wash a weighted blanket? You just brought a new weighted blanket from market and you read on the instructions that it is machine washable, but what does this mean? Is your weighted blanket really machine washable or were they just trying to sell more blankets? In order to know how to properly wash a weighted blanket, there are some things that you should know.
How To Wash A Weighted Blanket
Machine washable weighted blankets are different than your average blanket and it is important to note that they need to be washed in a certain way so as to not damage the weight of the blanket which sits on top of the blanket. The weight itself can be very heavy and if you do not clean them properly then over time the blanket can become damaged.
Step To Wash A Weighted Blanket
The instructions for washing your weighted blanket are not the same as other blankets, but it is an easy process if you follow these simple steps.
You may need to take out some of the weights in order to ensure that they don’t fall down in the washer or get stuck on anything, then place your blanket in the wash and as always make sure that there are no zippers.
Step 1: The first step in washing your weighted blanket is to turn the blanket inside out. Turn it so that you are looking at the underside of the blanket, but make sure that when you do this all of the weight is on the outside and not tucked in anywhere.
Step 2: Take this time to look over your blanket and make sure that there are no rips or tears in the blanket. If you find any then this is the time to fix it so that they do not get worse during the wash cycle.
Step 3: Put your blanket into the washing machine and begin to run a cold water cycle on the machine without adding any detergent or bleach because these can damage the blanket and the weight.
Step 4: Once this cycle has finished put your weighted blanket in the dryer on a delicate setting for about 30 minutes. The reason you want to use a delicate setting is that putting it any higher will cause your weighted blanket and the weight to become damaged and not functional over time. (You can also air-dry your weighted blanket, but it will take a long time for it to dry completely.)
The reason you want to make sure that the weight of the blanket is pushed all the way out while washing and drying your weighted blanket is so that over time they do not get tangled up in the wash or destroy some of the wirings inside that can cause some of the weights to no longer function. Some people will more than likely ask why not toss your weighted blanket into a regular cycle as it is waterproof and you can, but if you do this over time the wires inside of the weight will get tangled up which will eventually break them causing your blanket to stop functioning properly or completely.
Although it may be tempting to just throw your weighted blanket into a regular cycle and put it on the dryer as you can because they are machine washable, this is not how they should be cleaned. Not only will they become damaged over time, but your blanket is also drastically reduced in its features such as being able to track your sleep, calming you down when anxiety strikes, and other similar features.