How to care for a blanket: types of popular blankets

Car­ing for a blan­ket direct­ly depends on what the copy is made of. Despite the fact that the plaid itself is a fair­ly sim­ple prod­uct with a clas­sic geo­met­ri­cal­ly reg­u­lar shape and often a homo­ge­neous struc­ture, there are quite a lot of options for its exe­cu­tion. All the blan­kets that the mod­ern indus­try offers can be divid­ed into three groups. Types of blan­kets:

    natural, made from animal wool or vegetable fibers;
    synthetic, which are based on fibers obtained by chemical means;
    mixed or mixed — combined options in which synthetics are added to natural fibers to increase the consumer properties of the material.

Types of natural blankets

The list of nat­ur­al mate­ri­als from which high-qual­i­ty and durable blan­kets are made is quite large: the wool of var­i­ous ani­mals, fur, cot­ton, linen, silk, bam­boo … This list is updat­ed dai­ly with new options. Their main advan­tage is envi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness. No chem­i­cal odors, most­ly hypoal­ler­genic (with the excep­tion of pure wool, which may cause minor skin reac­tions). In addi­tion, all nat­ur­al fibers are hygro­scop­ic and per­fect­ly pass mois­ture.

A small fly in the oint­ment in this bar­rel of hon­ey can be called the fea­tures of car­ing for blan­kets made from nat­ur­al mate­ri­als — this is an order of mag­ni­tude more dif­fi­cult and cost­ly than car­ing for syn­thet­ics. The cat­a­log of new blan­kets post­ed on the web­site of the Dream­catch­er online store will help you choose the right option for your home.

Care instructions for natural fiber blankets

What­ev­er nat­ur­al mate­r­i­al your plaid is made of, the basis is still organ­ic. And organ­ics, as you know, do not like hot water. Wool, cot­ton, linen, bam­boo and espe­cial­ly silk should nev­er be washed in water that exceeds 60 degrees. For cer­tain types of plant fibers, as well as for all woolen prod­ucts, the max­i­mum allow­able tem­per­a­ture is 35 degrees.

    As for the washing process itself, natural blankets are much safer to wash by hand. Even if the label says machine washable, it should only be done on the most delicate setting.
    Spinning at low speeds is possible if you wash linen or cotton items, and bamboo can withstand spinning in a centrifuge. But it is better not to wring out silk and wool at all — just let the excess moisture drain naturally.
    Important! Neither a hand-stretched blanket nor a blanket rolled in the washing machine should in any case be twisted. The large size of the canvas will not allow you to do it carefully, which means that the plaid can noticeably deform and lose its attractiveness.
    Special mention deserves the care of a fur blanket, which is not recommended to be washed at all, especially in a washing machine, where a long pile can simply roll into sloppy tangles. It is better not to use a fur blanket all the time.
    It is best to use liquid detergent for washing any blankets, as it is easier to rinse out of the product and evenly cleans the deeper layers of the fabric.

The algorithm for caring for synthetic blankets

Almost any syn­thet­ic blan­ket can be eas­i­ly washed in the machine (except for those that have a long pile, the same as a nat­ur­al fur blan­ket). How­ev­er, before decid­ing on this, you need to make sure that the blan­ket itself will fit in the drum. If there are no prob­lems with load­ing, then you should choose a low water tem­per­a­ture — about 30–40 degrees, fill the pow­der tray with gel for wash­ing del­i­cate fab­rics and select the most gen­tle wash­ing and rins­ing mode.

You should also wring out at the low­est speed, or you can com­plete­ly do with nat­ur­al dry­ing, fleece, for exam­ple, dries per­fect­ly in just a cou­ple of hours, since its fibers prac­ti­cal­ly do not absorb mois­ture.

Nev­er use bleach on both syn­thet­ic and nat­ur­al fab­ric blan­kets. Bleach destroys the fibers, mak­ing them brit­tle, hard, loose. And light things after it also turn yel­low, hav­ing no appear­ance.

It is nec­es­sary to dry syn­thet­ic blan­kets away from sun­light and heat­ing devices and, prefer­ably, in the same way as nat­ur­al ones — care­ful­ly laid out on a hor­i­zon­tal sur­face.

By Yraa

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