How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
Once you experience a night of sleep under a weighted blanket, you might never want to turn back. The comfort of using a weighted blanket is hard to match, and there are other potential benefits to enjoy, as well. It’s common for weighted blanket buyers to have just one question after they receive their order – why did I wait so long to make the switch?
If you are now the proud owner of a weighted blanket, you’ll want to care for that blanket properly to get a long and useful life out of the product. Fortunately, if you treat your blanket with care, there isn’t much to do on the maintenance side of things. Be nice to your blanket, and it will be nice to you.
Of course, even something that is low-maintenance is not necessarily no-maintenance, so you might need to wash this product from time to time. Let’s take a look in this post at how you can effectively wash your weighted blanket. Before you wash the blanket, be sure to consult and directions that came with your specific model.
Taking Preventive Measures
Before you worry about washing your weighted blanket, it’s a good idea to think about how you can keep it clean in the first place. Sure, you’ll eventually need to wash it, but making some good decisions in the meantime can limit how often it will need to visit the laundry room.
- Use a duvet cover. This is easily one of the best things you can do to protect your weighted blanket and avoid having to wash it too frequently. When you sleep, your skin will leave some oils behind on the materials that are touching your body, and you might wind up sweating at some point. If you were to use your weighted blanket on its own, the sweat and oils from your body will go right into the fabric of your blanket. By using a duvet cover, you place a layer of protection between you and the blanket, so the duvet will be soiled rather than the blanket itself. So, from time to time, you can simply pull the duvet cover off the blanket and put it through the wash. You’ll end up with a clean fabric to crawl under when you go to bed, and you won’t have to bother washing the weighted blanket itself.
- Play it safe. When at all possible, don’t bring things near your blanket that could cause damage or lasting stains. One good example is coffee. If you sit in bed with a cup of coffee while your weighted blanket is on your lap, spilling that coffee would lead to a serious mess and you’d have a lot of work to do to clean your blanket – even if you had a duvet cover in place. Should you happen to have the habit of drinking some coffee in bed, consider using a spill-proof container so you don’t have to worry about an accident damaging your heavy blanket.
- Consider your pets. If you have a furry friend that lives with you, think about how to protect the blanket from any damage that he or she may be able to do. Specifically, weighted blankets are filled – ours are filled with glass beads – so you wouldn’t want your pet to chew or claw through the material and spill out the beads. Remember to treat your weighted blanket just as you would anything else in the house that you don’t want your pets to harm.
A Simple Washing Strategy
Even when you use your blanket with care, you will still want to wash it from time to time to keep it feeling and smelling fresh. Fortunately, you can follow some pretty simple steps to go through the washing process.
The key word to keep in mind when washing your weighted blanket is ‘gentle’. You don’t want to do anything that is going to be too harsh or aggressive for the blanket to handle. Wash it nicely and it should come out on the other side in beautiful condition.
For many weighted blankets, you’ll be able to follow the instructions listed below –
- Strip your duvet cover off of the blanket – if you are using one – and wash it separately.
- Place your blanket in your washing machine and set the machine for a gentle cycle. You will want to use either cold water or lukewarm water. Do not wash your weighted blanket in a cycle with hot water.
- You should be able to use your normal laundry detergent that you use for most of your loads. Don’t use bleach when washing this blanket – stick with a standard, all-around detergent product.
- With the wash cycle completed, move to the dryer. You should be using low heat and a lower speed tumble to treat the blanket nicely. It might take a while to get the blanket completely dry using lower heat, but that’s better than damaging the blanket by cranking the dryer up to a higher setting.
- Once it is completely dried, you can move the blanket back into your duvet cover and put back in place on your bed.
As you can see, there isn’t anything here that’s too much different from how you would handle most of your laundry. The key is to keep the heat down, not allow the blanket to be treated too rough in the machines and avoid bleach. If you follow those basic guidelines you should come away with excellent results.
While the outline above will work nicely for most people in most situations, there are a couple of other considerations we need to point out. Once you get into a routine of washing your blanket that you know works for you, it won’t be necessary to go back over all of these points over and over.
For starters, if you are going to machine wash your blanket, think about whether or not your machines are up to the task. Remember, this is a weighted blanket, and it weighs more than the typical loads of clothes and towels that you toss into the wash. For instance, our blankets are available in 15-pound and 20-pound versions, which is a significant load.
If you have a relatively new set of laundry machines in your home, they will likely be able to handle the load without any trouble. For assurance, you can consult with your owner’s manual to see if there are any notes about heavy items like weighted blankets. Also, by washing your blanket alone, you will keep the weight down as compared to tossing in some other garments in the same load.
Should you happen to decide that you don’t want to put your blanket in the washer and dryer, you can handwash this item. The same general concepts apply in terms of keeping the heat down and being gentle. Use cold or lukewarm water in a large sink or basin where you can mix in a bit of detergent. Agitate the blanket by hand to clean it thoroughly before finding a place where it can be laid out to dry.
One other key point to check is the material that is used to fill your weighted blanket. Here at Hevvy, our blankets use glass beads to reach their desired weight. However, not all companies use glass, so your blanket may be different if you purchased it somewhere else. The type of filling used in your blanket could impact how you can wash the item, so pay close attention to any directions that come with it.
How Often Should I Wash My Weighted Blanket?
The frequency with which you wash your weighted blanket will depend on a number of factors, including your own personal preferences. As mentioned earlier, you won’t need to wash it as frequently if you use a duvet cover. On the other hand, if your home is warm at night and you tend to sweat as you sleep, it might be necessary to clean the blanket more frequently to keep it smelling fresh.
Your best bet here is to go through some trial and error to find the right wash frequency for you. At first, you might wash it every couple of months or so. Pay attention to what condition it’s in after those couple of months go by – if it’s particularly soiled, wash it more often. Or, if it still looks and smells good, consider waiting a little longer. You should be able to work out a good schedule after you’ve owned the blanket for a while.
Check Out Our Blankets Today!
As you can see, washing a weighted blanket is a pretty easy job. But you can’t wash one if you don’t own one! Check out the products available here at Heavy to get started with your own weighted blanket as soon as possible. You might be surprised at how your entire sleep experience can change with this single purchase.