Washing blankets at home
Sooner or later in the life of any housewife there comes a moment when it is necessary to wash a down, silk, cotton or synthetic blanket. This is a rather laborious process.
Careless washing or drying can permanently ruin a good blanket, so this business must be approached responsibly.
The content of the article:
- Means – how to wash?
- Home wash methods
- What kind of blankets can be machine washed?
- Wet cleaning of blankets
- How to rinse and dry
- What to do with washing and drying problems
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The best cleaning products for blankets – how to wash?
The choice of product depends on the filler and the chosen cleaning method.
There are several such tools in total:
- Powders in the form of gels. Regular powder is too harsh on blankets when washed, and gel-powder is quite delicate.
- Laundry soap suitable for soaking for hand wash, or for damp cleaning. Some products – for example, cotton, – cannot be fully washed, so the maximum that you can do at home is wet cleaning. Laundry soap has a good whitening and cleansing effect, so this is often enough.
- Water hardness plays an important role in some washing, so be sure to add balm-rinse aid…
- Lanolin products… They are used for dry cleaning of products made of lint, cotton and other fillers that do not tolerate contact with water.
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Home washing methods for blankets
The washing method is selected individually for each blanket. For example, cotton filler cannot be machine washed, but synthetics and bikes can easily tolerate such washing.
note: Before choosing a method yourself, carefully read the instructions on the label. It contains all the necessary information about which washing method can be used, at what temperature to wash, how to dry properly, and so on.
There are 4 ways to wash safely at home:
- Washing machine. With the chosen method, the material must be carefully placed in the drum, select the desired temperature, suitable gel and rinse aid. This method is suitable for padding polyester, downy, flannel, bamboo and holofiber products. Some wool products are also machine washable.
- Hand wash… The blanket is pre-soaked in warm water with gel for a while, and then rinsed thoroughly. Suitable for the same fillers listed above. You can also hand wash woolen products, but you need to soak them in cold water.
- Wet cleaning… When wet cleaning, you need to rub the dirty areas with soap or spray with a special agent, and then gently brush it with a brush. This method should be preferred when surface cleaning is required. Best for down and cotton fillings.
- Manual steam generator. To use the steam generator, hang the blanket vertically and carefully steam it on both sides. This method works well with cotton fillers.
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Which blankets can and cannot be washed in the washing machine?
Most blankets can be washed in the washing machine, the main thing is to do it right.
Attention! Products with cotton and silk fillings must not be washed in the automatic washing machine, as they will immediately lose their original shape. Such products require a different approach.
It is possible to wash synthetic winterizer, downy, flannel, bamboo, woolen and holofiber blankets. Consider the features of washing each of them.
Washing of padding polyester products
This material is easy to wash. In most cases, the manufacturer indicates all washing data on the blanket tag.
Polyester blankets can be washed in warm, but not hot water, the mode is set to “delicate”.
It is better to refuse from the usual powder and purchase a liquid gel in advance.
Note! Before washing the product, you need to check its upholstery fabric for damage, and, if necessary, sew it up, otherwise the filler may crawl out.
Also, pre-dry the blanket outside. This applies to blankets with any fillers.
Washing of bikinis
The bike mode should be selected based on the percentage of wool content in it. Usually this information is on the tag.
If the blanket contains a lot of wool (more than 50%), then you can wash only cold water…
For washing bikes, it is better to choose baby powders and gels. Don’t forget to add rinse aid to keep it soft.
Washing of holofiber products
Holofiber is the easiest to wash. You can safely set the temperature to 60 degrees and fill in ordinary powder. Very little of it is needed so that the water does not foam too much.
Add a little rinse aid to keep it soft.
The number of revolutions is 800. But after removing the product from the drum, it must be shaken well so that it does not remain knocked down.
Washing bamboo products
The bamboo filler can be safely washed in an automatic machine, the main thing is wash them in cold water…
The bamboo filler is quite durable, so you can wash it often.
But it is still not advisable to use ordinary powder, it will be much better gel… The number of revolutions is not more than 500.
It is better not to wash such bedspreads unless there is an urgent need. In case of surface contamination, it is better to carry out wet cleaning… To do this, spray on the contaminated areas with a special foaming agent and clean it with a brush, then dry it well.
But, if you need exactly washing, read the following rules. If you do not follow all the washing rules, the down filling may simply go off, resulting in an unpleasant odor.
As in the previous case, first familiarize yourself with the tag. Although the rules for washing down products are almost the same everywhere, it is better to play it safe.
Downy bedspreads can not be washed in hot water… Set the “delicate” mode, the maximum number of revolutions is 500.
So that the fluff does not get lost, you can put in the machine several tennis balls… Since they are colored in themselves, and can color the material, they must first be discolored with boiling water and whiteness.
Also used for washing down liquid gels, but be careful with the amount so that the water does not foam too much.
If necessary, a blanket with a woolen filling can be washed – unless, of course, the manufacturer prohibits it.
For washing, choose special gels for wool…
Set the mode to “wool”, you can wash only in cold water, refuse spinning.
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Wet cleaning of cotton and silk blankets – instructions
These bedspreads cannot be machine washed or hand washed. If the filler gets wet, it will immediately go off, and it will be impossible to return the blanket to its original appearance.
Therefore, cotton should be cleaned as follows:
- If possible, hang your blanket outside. Carefully but carefully knock it out – and leave it to ventilate for a while. If this is not possible, just go through the product well with a vacuum cleaner. If you do not clean it beforehand, the accumulated dust from contact with water will turn into dirt.
- Grate with laundry soap and dissolve in water. Then beat the water until a thick foam forms.
- Use a brush to apply foam and clean the contaminated areas.
- Wipe off the foam with a washcloth, washed in clean water and dry.
As for silk products, there are enough of them occasionally wipe with a solution of water and ammonia, or water and alcohol… Just soak a cotton swab in the resulting solution, squeeze it well, and thoroughly wipe the contaminated area. Then wipe the product again with a clean, well-wrung out sponge.
How to rinse and dry your blanket to avoid ruining it
The hardest part of the cleaning and washing process is drying. It is after it that you can determine whether the wash was successful.
Blankets are also dried in different ways, depending on the filler:
- Wool, bamboo… After washing, rinse the product a couple of times in cold clean water and let it drain. Then blot it well with a terry towel and spread it on a horizontal surface to dry. It is important that this happens outside or on the balcony.
- Cotton wool… They need to be dried outdoors. Spread out and turn over every half hour. It is important that the silk product does not lie directly in the sun.
- Down, synthetic winterizer… Down and padding polyester fillers should be rinsed well in a little warm water, allowed to drain and put on a horizontal surface in the open air. It is advisable to put some kind of fabric that absorbs water well under the product itself. Every 30-40 minutes, the blanket should be well-panned, kneaded and turned over.
Most bedspreads are needed dry horizontallyso that they do not stretch out and get lost.
Under no circumstances use artificial heat sources for drying, and do not carry out it in the open sun.
It is better to choose a windy day for drying.
What to do in case of problems – if the filler has rolled up, the blanket has become hard, there is a smell
After improper washing and drying, you can face many unpleasant consequences. It is necessary to rewash the product only as a last resort, if the methods from the list below did not help.
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Here are some common problems and how to solve them:
- Lumps formed… If simple kneading and shaking doesn’t work, use a vacuum cleaner. You can also try beating with a carpet knocker.
- Bad smell… To eliminate it, let the product lie outside for some time. Ideal if the weather is windy.
- The material has become tough… In this case, it will have to be washed, only this time be sure to use a good rinse aid.
Most blanket fillers will tolerate automatic washing if done correctly and not too often. In case of surface contamination, it is better to use dry cleaning, so the blanket will last longer.
Remember that drying is just as important a part of the process as washing itself. A poorly dried product will have to be washed again.
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