Do you own and use a weighted blanket? If so, you are probably asking yourself: how to wash a weighted blanket? You certainly will love the texture and how your weighted blanket feels on your body. However, you need to care for the blanket by keeping it clean so that it can serve you for a longer time. So, how do you care for a weighted blanket? One way is by washing it and keep it nice and clean. Some weighted blankets are easy to clean, while others may require extra care. You should first read the instructions on the tag of the blanket before you start washing it and consider the material used to make the blanket so that you don’t damage the blanket’s fibres. Here’s a more general method on how to take care of your weighted blanket.
How to wash a weighted blanket?
Step 1: Get Your Weighted Blanket Ready For Washing
You can wash your weighted blanket at home if you follow through with these easy steps. Before washing your weighted blanket, you can first check it for stains. Most of the times, we don’t see a stain when it happens, so it’s important that we check the blanket for any stain and then do any of the following.
- Run cold water on the stained spot and rub your finger on it. This may remove the stain.
- If the stain is still on the blanket, you first need to be sure of the material your blanket is made of before using any laundry product on it. You can try to use a delicate soap if it is made of cotton.
- Rinse the area where the spot was, then put the weighted blanket in your washer.
Step 2: Washing Your Weighted Blanket
Your weighted blanket should come with a laundry care tag, so you should check this for valuable instructions before throwing the blanket in the washing machine. Generally, you should only wash weighted blankets that are 9kg (20 lbs) or less at home, and when doing so, make use of a gentle cycle and make sure you’re using cold water. Use a mild detergent for the weighted blanket. You should avoid using bleach or fabric softener.
Using A Commercial Washer
It’s recommended that if a weighted blanket is over 9kg (20 lbs), you should take the blanket to the laundry mat. Machines at the laundromat are designed to handle bulky blankets, and you should use them for heavy weighted blankets. You have to ensure that you check the tag for instructions to set the machine properly.
Hand Washing A Weighted Blanket
If you have a bulky weighted blanket and don’t want to use a commercial washer, you can hand wash the blanket. The following steps will help you.
- Use your bathtub. Clean it first to ensure that you don’t get the blanket dirtier.
- Fill the bathtub about halfway with cold water.
- Add ½ cup of mild detergent.
- Mix the detergent with the water.
- Put your weighted blanket in the water.
- Agitate the blanket well using your clean bare hands or your feet.
- Drain the bathtub.
- Fill the bathtub with clean water and agitate your blanket again.
- Drain the bathtub.
- Fill the bathtub with clean water a third time and agitate the blanket for the final time.
- Drain the tub and ensure that the blanket isn’t soapy.
- Flatten the weighted blanket.
- Fold it in half and gently roll it to remove the water.
- Repeat the process until most of the water is gone.
Step 3: Drying A Weighted Blanket
After washing your weighted blanket, you need to dry it next. There are several ways you can dry your weighted blanket, and they include.
This is the best method for drying your blanket. You should lap the blanket flat. As an alternative, you can hang dry it, however, this may reduce the lifespan of your weighted blanket. Most weighted blankets are filled with plastic pellets, and some make use of beads or glass beads for the highest quality blankets. Using this drying method ensures that the filer won’t melt and that the padding material keeps its shape and properties. It also reduces peeling on certain fabrics and fleece. It is the safest way to go.
Use Low Heat On Machine Dry
Machine drying with low heat is safe for most blanket fillers. However, it may negatively affect the blanket’s padding material, so please refer to the blanket’s tag to check if this drying method is feasible for your weighted blanket. By all means, avoid using high heat so that it doesn’t affect the weighted beads and padding material. Also, ensure that there is enough room in the dryer for good circulation. You can dry 9kg (20lbs) or less weighted blankets using your regular dryer, but if the blanket weighs more than 9kg (20lbs), go for a commercial dryer.
Things to Avoid
As earlier mentioned, you should not use any detergent that has fabric softener or bleach to wash your blanket. It might cause the blanket to be stiff or feel scratchy, but this depends on the material used to make the weighted blanket.
While bleach or chlorine will make the fibres in the fabric break down, reducing the blanket’s lifespan, causing it to wear out faster.
Should You Iron Your Weighted Blanket?
Resist the temptation to iron your weighted blanket, no matter how crumpled it may look. The fabric may be iron safe, but the weighted beads and padding material in the weighted blanket are probably not. It may melt and get ruined if you apply too much heat. Even if the beads don’t get damaged, placing a weighted blanket on an ironing board to straighten it out may be difficult to manoeuvre.
Every weighted blanket has a unique washing requirement. Before you start washing, read its tag for the washing instructions suitable for the blanket. Use this guide alongside the blanket’s instructions, and you will find it easy to effectively clean and maintain a weighted blanket. If in doubt about your washing skills and if you will be able to handle such washing load, head to a laundromat.
Tip: Removable cover to simplify the weighted blanket care
Washing a weighted blanket can be quite tricky in some cases and you have to be especially careful when you dry it. To increase the lifespan of your weighted blanket it is advised to use a removable cover for your blanket. This will allow you to easily remove the cover and wash only that!
If you get a removable cover for your blanket please make sure that it has high-quality ties corresponding to your weighted blanket loops. This will avoid the weighted insert shifting around while you sleep. For the same reason, it is not advised to simply use a normal duvet cover for a weighted blanket.
How to wash your Relixiy Weighted Blanket
The Relixiy Weighted Blanket is easy to care for. The blanket comes with a handy removable luxury cover that perfectly fits the blanket insert and makes it super easy to take care of your blanket. Simply remove the cover and wash it in the machine. Finally, simply hang dry the cover and when ready, put it back on the blanket. The removable cover is also much quicker and easy to dry, making the entire process faster so you can get back to use your heavy blanket in no time. Having a removable cover is allowing you to rarely have to wash the weighted insert, increasing the life of your blanket.
If you need to wash also the heavy blanket insert, this is machine washable too! The unique 7 layer construction of the Relixiy weighted blanket makes it stronger, reducing to the minimum the possibility of any leak. The weighted beads are enclosed in an inner layer of fabric preventing leaks, increasing durability and making it safe to wash in the machine.
To avoid potential damages to the fabric, please make sure to always wash the cover or the blanket separately and without any other items in the machine.
Washing the Relixiy Heavy Blanket insert
Please follow the instructions below to wash the Relixiy Weighted Blanket insert.
- Wash cold gentle (maximum 30deg C). Always wash the blanket alone to avoid potential damages to the fabric. Please make sure that your washing machine can handle the weight: most of the commercial washing machines will be fine with it. Hand wash if the blanket weight exceeds the one recommended by your washing machine manufacturer.
- Do not dry clean.
- Do not tumble dry.
- Do not bleach.
- Lay flat to dry (preferred method): we suggest laying down a few large towels to absorb the excess water. Then place the wet weighted blanket on top of them to dry. This will preserve the shape of your weighted blanket.
- You can hang dry the blanket insert (not preferred method), however, this may cause it to gradually lose its shape and its lifespan may be reduced.
For more details, please carefully follow the instruction given in the product booklet and on the blanket and cover tags.
Washing the Relixiy Removable Blanket Cover
Please follow the instructions below to wash the Relixiy luxury cover for your heavy blanket.
- Wash cold gentle (maximum 30deg C).
- Do not dry clean.
- Do not bleach.
- Tumble dry low.
- Hang dry.
You can also read more about how to wash a weighted blanket here.