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.