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.