How to wash a fluffy blanket: shaggy, plaid-grass?

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How to wash a blan­ket to keep its orig­i­nal beau­ty? Soon­er or lat­er, every­one who has a large fluffy blan­ket in the house asks this ques­tion soon­er or lat­er. Ini­tial­ly, the plaid was a large warm scarf made of nat­ur­al wool. Which was used as a rain­coat, sleep­ing bag, dis­guise, table and even a sad­dle. Over time, the plaid has become an inte­gral part of the inte­ri­or, an ele­ment of fur­ni­ture decor and a cozy pro­tec­tion against drafts. In those dis­tant times, no one racked their brains about car­ing for blan­kets. If a thing lost its appear­ance, they sim­ply got rid of it. Today? Lux­u­ry blan­kets are too expen­sive to use before the first wash, which means you need to take care in advance that the clean­ing process does not end with prop­er­ty dam­age.

What are plaids?

The blan­ket is not only a dec­o­ra­tive dec­o­ra­tion of the house, but also an excel­lent pro­tec­tion of the bed from pol­lu­tion. If you use a blan­ket as a bed­spread, the bed linen will last longer and you will have to wash it less often. In addi­tion, among us there are many who like to sit in the evening, wrapped in cozy soft­ness, with a cup of cof­fee or tea … The plaid takes all the “blow” on itself, and there­fore inevitably gets dirty.

    Wool blankets were and remain the most popular and comfortable. Natural fibers retain their volume for a long time and do not lose their properties even with prolonged use. It can be the wool of a camel, a goat or a sheep, as well as a llama or a yak.
    Many try to Buy plaids from natural and faux fur. Volumetric, luxurious, spectacular, they become the center of the interior composition of the room, setting the tone for the rest of the situation.
    Products made of artificial fibers are also in demand: fleece, acrylic, “grass”, microfiber. They accumulate static electricity and easily attract dust. This means that more natural ones need washing.
    The natural materials used to make blankets are linen, cotton, bamboo and other more exotic plant fibers.

Machine wash: how to wash a fluffy blanket?

Before load­ing your blan­ket into the wash­ing machine, there are three things you need to know:

        Is there enough drum capacity to hold the entire blanket?
        Is it possible and how to wash the material from which the blanket is made in a washing machine?
        How resistant is the fleecy fabric to mechanical stress. How will the blanket react to intensive washing, will it “peel off” after the first attempt?

      Usu­al­ly syn­thet­ic, and even woolen, fluffy blan­kets can be washed like prod­ucts made of del­i­cate fab­rics: at a low water tem­per­a­ture — 35–40 degrees. In this case, the col­ors retain their bright­ness, and the can­vas is not deformed. you can trust the wash­ing machine. You can start a machine wash only if the drum of the unit can hold at least 5 kilo­grams of laun­dry at a time. Be sure to thor­ough­ly shake out the blan­ket before wash­ing and man­u­al­ly clean the pile of debris, tan­gled threads and crumbs. Oth­er­wise, after wash­ing, they will have to be cut with scis­sors.

      It is impor­tant to remem­ber that you can wash a fluffy blan­ket in the machine only sep­a­rate­ly from oth­er things. Large blan­kets before load­ing should be rolled up into a roll with the right side inward. So you keep the fluffi­ness of the pile and pro­tect it from the aggres­sive effects of rota­tion.

      It is best to use liq­uid deter­gents, as they are eas­i­er and bet­ter washed out of the fab­ric when rins­ing. You can wash a shag­gy blan­ket, as well as plush, fur and oth­er things with a long pile only in the “syn­thet­ics” mode. If the pile of a fur or syn­thet­ic blan­ket is too long, it is nec­es­sary to refuse auto­mat­ic spin­ning and, after rins­ing, sim­ply let the blan­ket drain over the bath­tub.

      You can dry a syn­thet­ic prod­uct after wash­ing on a reg­u­lar clothes­line, but it is rec­om­mend­ed to dry woolen, silk and oth­er blan­kets made from nat­ur­al mate­ri­als on a hor­i­zon­tal plane in a well-ven­ti­lat­ed area so that a musty smell does not appear. After wash­ing and dry­ing, the blan­ket can be gen­tly combed with a comb with short, sparse teeth.

      How to wash a fluffy blanket by hand?

      You will have to wash the blan­ket with your hands if its dimen­sions sim­ply do not allow you to ful­ly load the prod­uct into the wash­ing machine. How to wash cor­rect­ly?

              In a regular bath you need to collect warm water. The temperature of which is not more than 30 degrees.
              Add a mild shampoo or a special liquid detergent for washing delicate fabrics to the water.
              Having dissolved the detergent, you need to put the blanket in the bath so that it is completely covered with water, wash it like a product made of fine wool — without making any effort.
              It is not recommended to soak products made of any materials for more than an hour. To absorb soapy water in a woolen blanket, 10 minutes is enough.
              Lightly buzz the blanket in the water, without twisting or pulling out the wet canvas.
              Rinse it carefully in clean water and let it drain naturally.

          Dry­ing a blan­ket with pile after a hand wash is not much dif­fer­ent from dry­ing after a machine wash.

      By Yraa

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