Apologize to your ever-growing sneaker collection, because your weighted blanket is clearly your new favorite accessory. You simply can’t find any good reason to take the thing off, and it’s starting to show.
Eventually, you’ll want to clean your blanket so it can be as inviting as the first moment you wrapped yourself up in it. But how do you wash a weighted blanket? This isn’t just a set-it-and-forget-it situation. We’re not saying your blanket is high-maintenance, per se, but if you want it to stand the test of time, it does require some special care.
A Quick Guide
We’re going to give you the full scoop on how to spot-clean, wash, and dry your weighted blanket so that it’s always fresh and ready to deliver that deep sleep you crave. But if you’re antsy to get your blanket cleaned, here are the basics on how to wash a weighted blanket:
- Spot cleaning: Spot clean small stains using a gentle detergent soap, cold water, and a soft-bristle toothbrush or washcloth. Rub in a circular motion until the stain comes clean, then lay the blanket out to dry.
- Washing: For an all-over clean, wash your weighted blanket on the lowest cycle setting. Wash the blanket alone with a gentle detergent, and don’t add any fabric softener or bleach.
- Drying: Let your blanket air dry, or tumble dry on the lowest setting. You can also air dry your blanket and then fluff it in the dryer for about 5 minutes.
Spot Cleaning Small Stains
Weighted blankets are machine washable, but that doesn’t mean you should toss them in every time you spill a bit of coffee. (Or tea, or your favorite soda—we’re not here to judge.) Lengthen the life of your weighted blanket by treating small stains with a quick spot cleaning.
First, grab a gentle detergent and soft-bristle toothbrush or soft washcloth. Then use cold water to work on the stain while brushing in a circular motion. If you’re able to loosen the stain, your job is done—no need to put the whole blanket through the wash.
Washing Your Weighted Blanket
Does your weighted blanket call for more than a spot cleaning? If so, you can put your blanket in the washing machine with cold water on the lowest cycle setting. Use a gentle laundry detergent and avoid fabric softeners and bleach, which can affect the soft touch of your blanket.
It’s best to wash your weighted blanket by itself, so that other clothing doesn’t create friction or snag the blanket. If you’re worried that a 15- or 20-pound blanket is too much for your washing machine to handle, you can also take your weighted blanket to the laundromat to wash in a heavy-duty commercial machine.
Drying Your Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket may seem like it’ll take ages to dry, but the process is actually quite fast. The glass beads inside the blanket don’t absorb much water, so your blanket will be ready to cozy up with in no time.
If you’re eager to get your weighted blanket dry, you can toss it in the dryer on the lowest heat cycle. Not in such a hurry? Increase the longevity of your blanket by spreading it on a wide, clean surface and letting it air dry. You can also try hanging your blanket to air dry—but remember that it weighs 15 or 20 pounds, and should be evenly distributed using a sturdy support.
When you want to air dry your blanket and get that warm and fluffy feel of a blanket pulled fresh from the dryer, pop your blanket in for about 5 minutes and voila—you’ve got the best of both worlds.
Shop Weighted Blankets
As you can see, caring for your weighted blanket isn’t too complicated. So if you’re ready to get a better night’s sleep, reduce anxiety, and minimize stress, check out Comma Home today. At Comma, you’ll find weighted blankets for all occasions, made from luxurious fabrics like minky, bamboo, and faux fur. Browse Comma today—your perfect blanket awaits!