Once upon a time, woolen blankets were found in every home, but today, the majority of our bed linens are woven of cotton or acrylic fibers that are more easy to care for and can be machine washed easy. But people don’t know how to wash woolen blanket
Just because the care for woolen blanket is a little more involved than easy-to-care-for fabrics, do not let that deter you from owning or inheriting pure wool blankets. These blankets will keep you very warm on a cold night. Armed with this knowledge and a few tips on caring and storing are all you need to know to enjoy these warm covers.
Follow Fabrics Care Label
Clothing and blankets usually have an attached fabric care label which will
provide the type of fabric used in the garment or linen and how to care for them. For best results, always follow the manufacturer’s recommended care instructions.
Dry clean only or linens should only be laundered by professional dry cleaners. In the absence of washing instructions, follow these general guidelines for washing woolen blanket.
Washing Woolen Blanket Use Detergents
The rule of thumb for all pure wool blankets and cloths is to always wash in cold water
and gently wring or use a delicate (washer) cycle and low-action washer spin. A hand-wash cycle is also a good choice. It is no longer necessary to hand-wash many woolen items, as most
washers now have a delicate agitation cycle accompanied by a low spin.
Heat can and usually does shrink woolens, reducing them in size and ruining their looks. It can also affect how a garment arrange. Cold water and gentle washing will help keep your woolens in good condition. It is why a dryer, regardless if it has an enhanced gentle or a tumble dry setting, is not recommended.
Although you can use regular laundry detergents for your woolen blanket washing, specially formulated gentle detergents like Zero by Woolite Fabric Wash will further
protect and keep your delicate clothing items and woolen blankets are looking so good.
Spot clean by spraying.
Need to take things a step further? Sometimes wool just requires freshening. This is easily achieved by giving it a little spray—whether all over or in spots that need cleaning—
before hanging it up to dry.
Wool is hydrophobic, meaning the exterior of the fiber actually repels water. Lanolin occurs naturally, and most wool is treated after production to restore this element. Lanolin acts as a protect and—it’s antibacterial and works to repel dirt and water, which is why wool is
Hot water will cause the fiber to expand, and dry heat will cause the fibers to shorten and shrink, so a spritz is preferred over a soaking, and the dryer is never a good idea. When spot-cleaning dirt or oil, use vinegar diluted with water (1/3 vinegar, 2/3 water), and start slowly.
If the piece is dyed, make sure it’s colorfast (the dye won’t bleed). Do this by spot testing with a damp white cloth. If the dye comes off, then it’s not colorfast and you’ll need to dry clean. Dealing with a fresh stain? Seltzer works well on wool—the air bubbles literally trap and lift away the trouble.
Hang On To Air Dry
Although hanging to dry is preferred, if you must dry in the machine, toss some wool dryer balls into the dryer during the cycle. Soft natural-fiber balls circulate with the dryer load to reduce drying time, eliminate static, and soften the woolens.
Storing Wool Blankets
Since woolen blankets are usually stored when not required, it’s important to protect them while in storage from pests and dampness. Years ago,mothball were used to keep insects from destroying the wool fibers, but this method left a lasting, hard-to-get-rid-of unpleasant scent that permeated the blanket and the whole room.
Today, you can easily store these blankets in a tightly sealed bin or heavy plastic bag. If pests are a real concern in your area, you can add a few cedar chips or wood blocks, which are available at most general merchandise outlets. Cedar wood is a natural flying insect repellent and is a good alternative to mothball
Sensitive Skin Alert
If you have allergies or sensitive skin may find pure wool blankets or fabrics especially irritating when brushed up against your skin.