How to wash a wool blanket?

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How to wash a wool blan­ket to keep an attrac­tive prod­uct for a long time? Soon­er or lat­er, every house­wife thinks about this, because such an irre­place­able and prac­ti­cal thing is in almost every home. Plaids can be used in dif­fer­ent ways: they can be a great addi­tion to the inte­ri­or, empha­siz­ing the cho­sen style of dec­o­rat­ing the room, or they can be a cozy cocoon, which is nice to wrap your­self in on a cool win­ter evening with a cup of hot tea and your favorite book. In addi­tion, blan­kets per­fect­ly pro­tect the bed from any pol­lu­tion dur­ing the day. How­ev­er, they them­selves get dirty much faster. Of course, they have to be cleaned and washed from time to time. But with­out know­ing the basic rules for car­ing for woolen prod­ucts, ignor­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions on the label, hav­ing no idea about the com­po­si­tion of your favorite item, you can ruin it after the first wash. How to wash such a blan­ket with­out dam­ag­ing the fibers?

If you decide to buy a woolen blan­ket in a spe­cial­ized store? Excel­lent. You receive a prod­uct with a fac­to­ry label, which indi­cates how to wash the blan­ket. How­ev­er, it is far from always pos­si­ble to peep into such a “cheat sheet”. Espe­cial­ly if the blan­ket is hand­made. It is worth remem­ber­ing that for absolute­ly all wool prod­ucts, a few sim­ple rules of care are rel­e­vant:

    Wool does not like too hot water. At high temperatures, the fibers can behave completely unpredictably — the blanket will either shrink, deforming beyond recognition, or stretch, becoming thinner. Such items should be washed as delicate items.
    It is strictly forbidden both to wash the blanket, intensively shuffling it, and to twist the product, dry it on a battery or near an electric dryer — the fibers will become brittle.
    Can you wash a blanket with bleach? Of course not, even if your blanket is completely white and the bleach contains no chlorine. Any aggressive impact will destroy the structure of the thing.
    You should not iron the product, wool is a textured material, its advantage is lightness and volume of weaving. With an iron, you just spoil the texture. The maximum that can be done if you want to return an incorrectly dried blanket to its original shape is to gently walk over it with steam, moistening the surface and straightening the edges.
    Any wool product should be dried on a horizontal surface, so it will not stretch out, and no crease will form at the fold.

How to wash a blanket correctly?

If you are going to wash your blan­ket in the machine, it is bet­ter to imme­di­ate­ly aban­don this idea. These items can only be washed by hand. Even the most gen­tle machine wash mode is capa­ble of felt­ing the prod­uct so that after dry­ing it will resem­ble thick felt.

    Before washing, it is worth soaking the blanket in a mild detergent solution — just 10 minutes to allow the wool to soak. Can be washed with liquid gels containing lanolin.
    In no case do not wrinkle or rub the blanket. Gently press down on it, causing the tissue to absorb and release the solution. The water temperature should not be higher than 30 degrees.
    It is best to wash and soak the blanket and other large items in the bath. To change the soaking solution to a more concentrated washing solution, simply drain the bath water and fill it with clean water, and then add wool washing gel to it. Carefully, as if rubbing the plaid, gently turn it over without lifting it. As soon as the surface of the blanket is clean, drain the bath water again and collect fresh water to rinse the product.
    You need to rinse the blankets as carefully as you wash them, it is best to change the water as many times as possible, adding conditioner to it.
    After all the washing solution is completely washed out of the fibers, let the blanket drain naturally by placing it on a wire rack or the bottom of an inverted bowl. Woolen blankets cannot be twisted and wrung out!

Drying wool blankets

Woolen things should dry nat­u­ral­ly at room tem­per­a­ture, pre­vi­ous­ly laid out on a hor­i­zon­tal sur­face cov­ered with cot­ton, and prefer­ably ter­ry cloth with good hygro­scop­ic­i­ty.

After you have fin­ished wash­ing a woolen blan­ket, you can­not dry it in the sun or in strong winds, and dry­ing on a clothes­line can com­plete­ly ruin the thing. By the way, you need to air the blan­kets in the fresh air reg­u­lar­ly, and not just after wash­ing. Nat­ur­al wool per­fect­ly absorbs any smells. If after wash­ing you decide to send your favorite blan­ket for sea­son­al stor­age, you should pack it in a spe­cial bag made of thick cot­ton.

By Yraa

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