How to wash a blanket at home: by hand, in the bathroom

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Wash­ing a blan­ket by hand is not an easy task, although it seems that this does not require any spe­cial skills and knowl­edge. How­ev­er, the larg­er the thing and the more com­plex its tex­ture, the more efforts will have to be made to return it to its for­mer soft­ness and puri­ty. Even a blan­ket of mut­ed, dark shades will soon­er or lat­er have to be sent to the bath­room. How to prop­er­ly care for large rugs and what should you pay spe­cial atten­tion to?

But first, it is worth con­sid­er­ing alter­na­tive options:

    Dry cleaning. This method, contrary to common misconception, is not only for the busy and lazy. You have to give things to dry cleaning if the pollution is simply impossible to remove at home. But it should be remembered that exposure to chemicals can both give things a second life and hopelessly ruin them. Moreover, this pleasure is not cheap.
    Machine wash. A great way to tidy up small blankets and bedspreads. The product itself must be placed in the drum of the washing machine, and this is far from always possible. This means that the thing will have to be washed by hand.
    Manual “dry” cleaning. A kind of half-measure that allows you to refresh the appearance of the product, but does not get rid of serious dirt that penetrates the structure of the blanket.

If none of the options is suit­able, it remains only to wash your favorite blan­ket by hand in a reg­u­lar bath­room.

Read the care instructions

Before pro­ceed­ing with the process, we advise you to care­ful­ly study the infor­ma­tion on the label. How to wash blan­kets? The label indi­cates the water tem­per­a­ture for effec­tive wash­ing, as well as the accept­able meth­ods of wash­ing and dry­ing the prod­uct. What to do if the label is not pre­served or has fad­ed from time to time, erase, as intu­ition tells? It is best to sim­ply use the most gen­tle method and mild deter­gent that will not harm even del­i­cate things. So…

Handmade: washing a blanket in the bathroom

    Before washing the blanket, it should be cleaned of large specks. Any large blanket should be shaken off beforehand.
    In the presence of strong local contamination, stains should be treated with a solution of laundry soap or other soaking agent.
    After waiting a little time (from 20 minutes to an hour), the blanket should be soaked in a bath of warm water. The water temperature depends on the composition of the material — for woolen, linen, cotton and fleece blankets, the water temperature should not exceed 35 — 40 degrees. Microfiber models can be washed both in cool water and in warm water, but not hotter than 60 degrees Celsius.
    How should I wash the blanket — powder or liquid? Any detergent is best pre-diluted in water. So on the surface of the plaid there will be no traces of powder.
    Active hand washing implies a mechanical effect on the blanket. Here you should be more careful: do not twist or shove the thing. We wash the blanket, gently kneading it with our hands and squeezing the trace on the surface of the bath.
    After that, the blanket should be put on a wire rack and let the soapy water drain, and then rinse the product several times, changing the water as it gets dirty.
    Before proceeding to the horizontal drying of the blanket at natural room temperature, it is necessary to get rid of excess moisture, which should drain naturally.
    It is best to dry the blanket on a floor or table covered with a clean cloth, carefully straightening the edges and corners of the product.

Gentle than gentle: how should delicate things be washed?

Sep­a­rate­ly, it is worth talk­ing about how to wash blan­kets made of del­i­cate mate­ri­als, such as cash­mere or pash­mi­na. Del­i­cate things require spe­cial care and such blan­kets should be washed exclu­sive­ly by hand and only with spe­cial prod­ucts or mild sham­poo with manda­to­ry treat­ment with con­di­tion­er or balm after the main wash. It is nec­es­sary to care­ful­ly observe the tem­per­a­ture regime, oth­er­wise the prod­uct will sit down, stretch or fall off, you will have to buy a new blan­ket. Any spin is strict­ly con­traindi­cat­ed here, as well as ver­ti­cal dry­ing or dry­ing in the open sun. If you fol­low these rec­om­men­da­tions, then wash­ing the blan­ket with your hands will be much eas­i­er.

By Yraa

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