How to wash a faux fur blanket (fur blankets)

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Nat­ur­al fur has been used for home fur­nish­ing since time immemo­r­i­al. Per­haps it was the skins of ani­mals that became the first inte­ri­or items of prim­i­tive man. They could serve at the same time as a blan­ket, and clothes, and a car­pet, and even an entrance door. Over time, fur prod­ucts were less and less com­mon at home, giv­ing way to things made of nat­ur­al wool, and lat­er syn­thet­ics. Unlike these light and durable mate­ri­als, warm but heavy fur bed­spreads and blan­kets required spe­cial care. But every­thing is chang­ing…

Recent­ly, tech­nol­o­gy has made it pos­si­ble to cre­ate incred­i­bly real­is­tic, light­weight and com­plete­ly hypoal­ler­genic faux fur blan­kets. They have become a lux­u­ri­ous attribute of home com­fort in a mod­ern way.

The art of comfort: how to choose a fur blanket?

If you are just plan­ning to get a fur blan­ket and are look­ing at the assort­ment in near­by stores, you should think in advance how to make it eas­i­er for your­self to wash and dry your fur blan­ket. To do this, you need to choose just such a blan­ket that you can take care of your­self:

    Pay attention to the length of the pile. The larger it is, the more carefully you will have to clean the surface of the blanket before soaking and washing. Especially if you decide to wash the blankets in an automatic washing machine. Otherwise, stuck specks will have to be pulled out along with the fibers.
    The structure of the fibers also plays an important role. If your blanket is a good imitation of astrakhan or fine-fleeced sheepskin, you will have to constantly put it in order with a rare stiff brush, otherwise the “wool” will fall off even before you decide to wash the blanket.
    Many blankets have a mixed composition. And it doesn’t have to be 100% synthetic. How to wash such a blanket? Often, cotton is added to polyester fibers to give a more natural texture to the product. This should be taken into account when choosing a washing temperature; in too hot water, the product will simply shrink and deform. Natural wool, which requires special care, may well turn out to be an imitation of fur.

Machine washable blanket: Can a faux fur blanket be washed?

Often, being afraid to approach a faux fur blan­ket, the own­ers pre­fer to give it to dry clean­ing. How­ev­er, even so, no one guar­an­tees that at the end you will receive an updat­ed prod­uct, and not a com­plete­ly dam­aged thing. If you have a suf­fi­cient­ly capa­cious wash­ing machine, you can try to wash the blan­ket your­self. How­ev­er, before you start the process, you need to clar­i­fy some­thing:

    How spacious is the drum of your automatic assistant. You need to look not at the “carrying capacity” of the machine, but rather at the internal volume of the washing compartment. A blanket can weigh quite a bit, and take up plenty of space.
    What is on the product label? It is possible that your blanket cannot be machine washed at all. It’s better to know about it in advance.
    Is the pile firmly fixed in the main fabric of the blanket? If there are doubts that the blanket will not “go bald” after the first attempt, it is better to refuse machine washing altogether, otherwise you will have to buy a woolen blanket, and send the fur blanket to live out its life in the country.

The opti­mum tem­per­a­ture for wash­ing a faux fur blan­ket is 35–40 degrees. Water of this tem­per­a­ture does not wash out dyes, allow­ing the prod­uct to main­tain the bright­ness and inten­si­ty of col­or. In addi­tion, in slight­ly warm water, nei­ther nat­ur­al nor syn­thet­ic blan­kets are deformed, retain­ing their shape.

How to wash faux fur blankets?

Before load­ing, the blan­ket must be shak­en out, get­ting rid of lit­ter and dust, it is bet­ter to remove large specks by hand or comb them out with a rare stiff brush. If there are notice­able stains or heavy soil­ing on the blan­ket, before lay­ing in the machine, they must be treat­ed with a mild stain remover for col­ored items and left for some time to work. In com­bi­na­tion with liq­uid deter­gent, it is imper­a­tive to use ampli­fiers and con­di­tion­er. Here are some more prac­ti­cal tips on how to prop­er­ly care for a faux fur blan­ket:

    Do not push the blanket into the drum at random. Gently roll the fabric into a loose roll with the nap inward. This will prevent the fibers from rolling and tangling and will help keep the original shape of the product.
    Instead of the usual powder, use gels, they are better washed out of the material and do not leave marks after rinsing. Washing the blanket will go without problems. If there is no liquid product at hand, then carefully dilute the powder in a small amount of warm water, without foaming.
    Choose the “synthetic” mode and try not to use the automatic spin or choose the lowest speed available in the program. It’s best to just let the blanket flow naturally over the tub. Washing a faux fur blanket should be very gentle.
    As for drying with a faux fur blanket, it is best to dry the products on a horizontal surface. Creases may remain on the blanket from the clothesline, the direction of the faux fur pile will change, the product may stretch out.
    Do not dry the blanket in the sun or in a poorly ventilated area. Wet faux fur perfectly absorbs any odors, just like a blanket made of natural fibers. And fades quickly in direct sunlight.
    After drying, comb the blanket with a brush in the direction of the pile and shake to give it its original volume.

Hand wash: how to wash large blankets?

For hand wash­ing a faux fur blan­ket, most of the rec­om­men­da­tions already voiced are rel­e­vant. It is only worth remem­ber­ing. That such prod­ucts can­not be twist­ed or short­ed. You will have to use a bath as a con­tain­er for soak­ing and wash­ing, since the blan­ket must be com­plete­ly cov­ered with water with a deter­gent com­po­si­tion dis­solved in it. The soak­ing time should be increased to 40 min­utes (wash as a prod­uct made of del­i­cate mate­ri­als), and the num­ber of rins­es depends on the inten­si­ty of the wash­ing out of the pow­der or gel from the main body of the prod­uct. How can I wash a fur blan­ket by hand, while main­tain­ing the elas­tic­i­ty and vol­ume of the pile? It is not nec­es­sary to roll the blan­ket into a roll, just fold it in half with the right side inward.

By Yraa

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