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.