Many people use a weighted blanket to help them sleep better. With its comforting deep pressure stimulation, a weighted blanket can increase sleep-promoting serotonin and help reduce anxiety, so you can drift off to sleep with ease. Once you try a weighted blanket, you might never want to leave its amazingly cozy and comforting cocoon. But sooner or later, you’re going to have to hop out of bed so you can wash your weighted blanket so it stays fresh and clean.
Don’t let washing a weighted blanket intimidate you – it’s not that much different from washing a conventional blanket, though there are a few special steps you’ll need to keep in mind.
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
● Follow the instructions on the label
● Remove blanket cover
● Machine wash cover with like colors
● Spot clean weighted core
● Hand wash insert for deep cleaning
Weighted blankets are a valuable tool for many, improving both the quality of sleep and quality of life for millions of people who suffer from insomnia or other common sleep disorders, such as anxiety, sensory processing disorders, autism, restless leg syndrome, PTSD, and more. A weighted blanket is like a warm hug that makes you feel cozy and comfortable.
To ensure long-lasting enjoyment of your weighted blanket, it’s important to know how to care for it properly. Learning to take care of your weighted blanket is actually pretty simple, but there are a few important steps to keep in mind.
Follow the Instructions
First and foremost, make sure you’re familiar with your manufacturer’s blanket washing instructions. Weighted blankets can be made with a variety of materials, and you want to make sure not to damage the insert or fabric cover.
LOTUS Weighted Blanket
To clean the LOTUS Weighted Blanket, remove the duvet cover and wash it on a gentle cycle in cold water with similar colors, using only non-chlorine bleach. Then, tumble dry on low and go over it with a cool iron (only if needed). The weighted inner core must be gently hand washed and should not be placed in the washing machine.
Most weighted blankets have instructions clearly marked on the label. If you don’t see a tag or any care instructions, you can always check the manufacturer’s website to find more information.
Remove Blanket Cover
Many weighted blankets have a removable outer cover, like a duvet cover. This is a great way to protect your entire blanket and to keep it clean and fresh without having to wash the weighted filler itself.
Once you’ve removed the outer cover, check it to make sure it doesn’t have any staining that might need to be soaked or pre-treated before you wash. Otherwise, you run the risk of baking the stain into your cover’s fabric throughout the washing and drying process. You can always pre-treat stains with a gentle dish soap or laundry detergent mixed with water, a mix of baking soda and water, or a spritz with distilled white vinegar.
Some weighted blanket covers are double-sided and may require additional care. The LOTUS Weighted Blanket features an easy-to-clean double-sided cover – with cozy, Minky fabric. It’s the perfect snuggle blanket, no matter your mood or the temperature, and it’s also hypoallergenic.
If you sleep with a flat sheet, the weighted blanket cover should be washed at least four times a year – though you can certainly wash it more often if needed. If you don’t use a flat sheet with your weighted blanket, it’s a good idea to wash the cover every few weeks. If you follow proper care instructions, you can wash the blanket’s outer cover as often as it needs it to stay clean and fresh-smelling.
Machine Wash With Like Colors
Wash the cover in your washing machine in cold water on a gentle cycle. Use a non-chlorine bleach and a mild detergent. You may want to wash your blanket cover alone, but if you include other items, make sure they are like colors so that you don’t take any chances on colors bleeding and making a mess. If your blanket is red or another bright color, you might want to add in a half cup of salt or vinegar to your washer the first time to set the color.
It’s a good idea to steer clear of any detergent that touts itself as “tough” or that contains a lot of dyes or harsh chemicals. Also, be careful with fabric softener – too much can be detrimental to your weighted blanket’s fabric over time.
Once your blanket cover is finished machine washing, you can put it in the dryer on low heat, which helps it to dry evenly and isn’t overly harsh on the fabric. It may help to dry your blanket cover by itself instead of packed with other clothes. This gives the blanket plenty of room for air to circulate and dry evenly. You can always lay your blanket cover flat or line dry it, too, especially if you’re a fan of that “dried in the fresh air” smell.
Spot Clean Weighted Core
If you spill a drink on your weighted blanket, don’t panic. Accidents happen. When you spend half your time wrapped happily in your weighted blanket, sooner or later you’re going to spill something on it. If the stain soaks through the cover and into the weighted core, spot cleaning can often remove the stain so it looks good as new.
Sometimes a good spot cleaning is all you need, especially if you act quickly and avoid letting the stain set. Mix some warm water with a gentle dish soap or mild detergent, then use a soft bristle brush or a soft, damp cloth to scrub the stain away. You may want to let the blanket sit for a few minutes after you’ve applied your chosen cleaner before blotting it away with a clean, damp cloth. Once the stain has loosened, you can also give it one final blotting with a dry cloth and then let it air dry. Wait for the inner core to dry completely before using it again.
You may also find that distilled white vinegar is good for spot treatment. It can be either combined with your mild detergent or used by itself. Vinegar is famous for getting everything from chocolate to red wine to turn loose from fabric. And if all else fails, you can also try a commercial enzyme cleaner, especially if you’re dealing with a biological stain. Just don’t be tempted to try bleach or other harsh chemicals for spot-cleaning, as they can damage the integrity of the fabric fibres and cause problems with the colours of your blanket.
Hand Wash for Deep Cleaning
If you’re dealing with older, deep stains or odors that have made it through the blanket cover into the filler, you can still get your inner blanket clean by hand washing. First, check the care instructions on the label to find out if your blanket can be pre-soaked. A good, long soak is often effective at loosening stains. If it’s safe according to your manufacturer’s instructions, pre-soaking for about 45 minutes or so in warm water mixed with a gentle dish soap or mild detergent can help a stain to turn loose.
Once the stain is soaked and loosened, it’s time to rinse your inner weighted blanket. A bathtub might work best since you’ll have plenty of room to submerge it in clean, warm water. Press and squeeze the blanket core to encourage the stain to turn loose. Keep rinsing until you’re satisfied that the stains and odors are gone. Then, gently press out any excess water and follow your manufacturer’s instructions for drying. The safest way to dry the core is to hang and air dry. Depending on the material of your weighted blanket core, it may or may not be safe to put in the dryer.
Most importantly of all – make sure your blanket is completely dry before using it again or folding it up for storage. A damp blanket can easily become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can permanently damage the outer cover and inner weighted core.
Cleaning a Weighted Blanket
For many people, a weighted blanket is one of their most prized possessions, and the best way to get more deep sleep. Like a warm, gentle hug, a weighted blanket provides a relaxing, calming experience that improves your mood and helps you sleep better. To ensure your weighted blanket lasts a long time, it’s important to clean and maintain it regularly.
Cleaning a weighted blanket can be a little more challenging than cleaning a traditional blanket. While it isn’t all that complicated, there are a few specifics to keep in mind. There are different types of weighted blankets, and many have unique washing requirements. By following proper care instructions, you can enjoy the relaxing effects of a weighted blanket that smells nice and clean.