Washing and caring for a camel blanket

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How to wash a camel blan­ket — this ques­tion peri­od­i­cal­ly aris­es for any­one who uses such bed­ding. After all, despite the fact that camel hair is very hygro­scop­ic, has unique prop­er­ties, does not cake and is well main­tained, it also needs care­ful care, espe­cial­ly with dai­ly use.

The gift of the “ships of the desert”: what is good about camel hair?

Ani­mal hair has been used to cre­ate cloth­ing and house­hold items long before the advent of the tex­tile indus­try. Tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ued to improve even as chemists man­aged to obtain and mass-pro­duce alter­na­tive syn­thet­ic fillers. The main rea­son why we still have not aban­doned woolen clothes is their unique prop­er­ties that have a ben­e­fi­cial effect on our health.

In a rather exten­sive list of nat­ur­al mate­ri­als, camel hair occu­pies a spe­cial place. Unlike sheep and goat, its fibers have an opti­mal struc­ture that allows you to main­tain the most com­fort­able body tem­per­a­ture, main­tains the vol­ume of the prod­uct and pro­vides ide­al breatha­bil­i­ty. And the high con­tent of lano­lin has a pos­i­tive effect on the skin. It is worth not­ing that the prices for camel blan­kets are quite high, since the wool used by these pack ani­mals con­sists of two-thirds of soft fluff and only one-third of out­er hair. The mass after pro­cess­ing and comb­ing does not accu­mu­late sta­t­ic elec­tric­i­ty at all, which means that it prac­ti­cal­ly does not attract dust. How­ev­er, car­ing for a camel wool blan­ket requires cer­tain skills and knowl­edge. It’s pret­ty easy to mess up this prod­uct.

Features of using natural wool products

Along with camel wool, sheep, goat, and yak wool are active­ly used to cre­ate bed­ding. All of them have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics, but the oper­at­ing rules are the same for any of them:

    In order for the camel blanket to be washed as rarely as possible, and the product itself to remain clean and fresh longer, it is necessary to use it only in a duvet cover or a special cover. Thus, the need for “water procedures” can be minimized.
    In hot and sunny weather, it is recommended to ventilate not only blankets, but also pillows in the fresh air, this will increase the service life and allow you to get rid of unpleasant odors.
    Shake wool products as often as possible, this will increase their volume and help maintain their original shape.
    If you use seasonal products, then at the end of the season, do not forget to carefully put them away, preferably in a cotton or vacuum bag. Make sure that moths do not get inside, use natural insect repellers — sachets with tansy, lavender, wormwood.

How to wash a camel blanket by hand?

It does­n’t mat­ter what caused you to want to put your bed­ding in order on your own — a desire to save mon­ey, dis­trust of mod­ern meth­ods of clean­ing woolen prod­ucts, banal mod­esty. If you want to know how to wash a camel blan­ket, here are some tips:

Any wash­ing for this kind of thing is an aggres­sive method. Quilt­ed prod­ucts with wool filler should not be active­ly wrin­kled, twist­ed, shak­en off when wet, as under the influ­ence of water the fibers become more vul­ner­a­ble and tear faster. There are voids in the case.

If wash­ing does not require the entire sur­face, but only a small part of it, try to reduce the stain with­out resort­ing to com­plete soak­ing of the prod­uct. For this, it is best to use gel-like pro­file prod­ucts. How to wash a camel blan­ket at home? Fol­low our advice:

    Fill the bath with warm water, the temperature of which is not higher than 30ºС.
    Thoroughly dissolve a small amount of liquid or gel detergent in water.
    Refuse to use powders, since it is unlikely that you will be able to rinse the blanket properly, given the ban on any intense exposure.
    Soak the product for two to three hours, periodically gently turning over. Drain the powder water and let the blanket run down the open tub drain.
    Pour clean water of the same temperature, carefully turn the blanket over several times. We let it drain.
    The pressing is very gentle. Let excess moisture remain in the blanket.
    Dry the product only on a horizontal surface. Away from heaters and heating systems. The room must be well ventilated.

Dry clean­ing a camel wool blan­ket is even eas­i­er. For it, you will need a spe­cial prod­uct based on lano­lin, which is enough just to beat until a sta­ble foam. The foam is applied to the blan­ket and after some time is com­plete­ly removed from the sur­face with a clean, dry cloth.

Can duvets be washed in a washing machine?

In fact, wash­ing blan­kets in the machine is not a very good idea. The result may be unpre­dictable. How­ev­er, for lack of a bet­ter one, many dare to take this step. The main thing is to act very care­ful­ly.

How to wash a camel blan­ket in the wash­ing machine with­out ruin­ing it?

    For starters, don’t pre-soak your duvet and don’t risk trying to wash it in an activator-type machine. Its intensity and the inability to choose a washing mode will only damage the product.
    When washing wool bedding in a washing machine, select the “Delicate wash” or “Wool” mode. The water temperature should not exceed 30ºС.
    Use only liquid powders or special gels for washing wool.
    Do not wring the product in the machine! Even a gentle spin will deform the canvas and unravel the filler. It is better to carefully drain the water and let the blanket drain on its own without removing it from the drum. Unfortunately, you can use this option only if you have a top-loading machine.
    Do not use any additional conditioning agents, fixatives or fragrances. A weak solution of vinegar will help to cope with an unpleasant smell.
    Rinse mode can be used once. Is there detergent left on the duvet? It is better to rinse the product again by hand.

Safe Alternative

Pro­fes­sion­al dry clean­ing can be a safe alter­na­tive to wool laun­der­ing. You don’t have to use this method often, once a year is enough to keep your blan­kets the same as when you bought them. Pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in this field know exact­ly how to care for a camel blan­ket, how to clean it and how to put the cov­er and filler in order.

In addi­tion, it is unlike­ly that it will be pos­si­ble to wash blan­kets designed for a dou­ble bed in a type­writer, too over­all prod­ucts. Do not wor­ry about the fact that aggres­sive prepa­ra­tions are used dur­ing dry clean­ing. Most of them are absolute­ly harm­less and com­plete­ly removed from the sur­face.

But you can be sure that your blan­ket will retain its orig­i­nal shape and char­ac­ter­is­tics, but it will hard­ly be pos­si­ble to restore the prod­uct after an unsuc­cess­ful wash.

Do not try to adjust the shape with hot water, shrink­ing, the wool will sim­ply become unus­able and lose all its excep­tion­al qual­i­ties. You should not try to restore the blan­ket with the help of punch­ing. This method does not always work even on down and feath­er prod­ucts, and even more so on wool fibers. Inside the camel blan­ket, the fibers and down are stacked in such a way that they form a sin­gle lay­er. When you try to “shake” it, it can break up into com­po­nents and get lost in the cor­ners of the prod­uct.

By Yraa

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