Do you own a wool blanket? Did your grandma or relative knit you one that you’ve left on a shelf for years because you’re scared to use it? Do you avoid washing your wool blanket in the washing machine because you fear that it’ll be torn apart?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ve come to the right place! This HOME blog has your back.
Below, you can read all about how you should be washing your wool blanket so that it remains intact through years of usage.
Step One: Try Brushing It
For the most part, a wool blanket will greatly benefit from being brushed by something that has small and limited bristles. If you want to do this, then it’s actually pretty simple. You can just lay it out on the ground so that there are no wrinkles. Make sure you brush the wool blanket in the same direction, along the axis. This will allow you to brush it with minimal damage to the blanket. You should not brush the blanket, however, if it has been hand stitched or if the knots are loose. This is because the bristles will get caught in the wool and can even rip out the fibres. Naturally, you want to avoid this from happening.
Step Two: Clean Up the Stains
It’s best to do this immediately, of course, because the longer you let a stain sit in any material, the harder it will be to remove in the end. That being said, there are ways in which you can remove those stains.
With wool, you need to do so immediately. There are so many fibres in a wool blanket that it because incredibly dense, and it is nearly impossible to remove a stain that has sunk and set into wool. If you really need to, then you can use a mild detergent to help get the stain out, but be sure not to scrub or rub the fabric harshly. This is because rubbing the fabric will cause you to rib out some of the material, which is definitely not pleasant.
Step Three: The Washer
If you’ve brushed and cleaned the mat but the stain still isn’t coming out or your blanket still isn’t clean, then you can always turn to the washer. That being said, you need to make sure that you wash it with mild detergent and on a low cycle because this will prevent damage from occurring to your blanket. Also, make sure that you don’t throw anything with a hook or zipper in the washer with your wool blanket, because the wool fibres can get caught and rip out.
Step Four: Hang to Dry
It’s absolutely vital that you don’t use a dryer to dry your blanket. The heat and the rotation of the dryer can destroy your blanket, and there are even reported cases of dryers catching on fire because of them overheating. For this reason, you’ll want to hang your wool blanket out to dry.
Small tip: don’t hang the blanket in direct sunlight because it can cause the colours to deplete and fade. Not only this, but when wool dries to quickly it can become very brittle and it can crack easily. When your wool blanket becomes coarse, you can forget about it being soft ever again.
Step Five: Proper Storage
If it’s a bad idea to dry your blankets in direct sunlight, then it is also a bad idea to leave them out in an area that is exposed to light. The colours will easily fade otherwise, so store the blanket(s) in an area that is cool and dark. It will maintain the freshness and comfort of your blanket, and it will also maintain its colours.
Tip #1: When you’re cleaning your wool blanket, you really must avoid using hot or warm water on your blanket. You know when you throw a wool sweater in the washer and when it comes out, it’s a shrunken mess with proportions that are all wrong? Well, the same happens with wool blankets.
Tip #2: A lot of washers now have a hand-wash cycle. Years ago, you would have to wash your wool materials in the bathrub with cold water and your bare hands. This is not necessary anymore, so scour your washing machine for this option. It could save you some serious time!
If you’ve been waiting around and wondering how to properly wash your wool blankets then you’ve come to the right place. This HOME blog always has your back, and this time is no different. Follow the steps above to clean your wool blanket properly. Below, you can leave comments and suggestions for the next blog post!