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How to wash woolen blanket

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

follow 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.

spot cleaning by sprayNeed 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

considered self-cleaning.

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

hang on to air dry

Hang the blotted blanket to dry. The ideal is a horizontal netted rack on legs—not something many of us have hanging around. But if you have outdoor space, considering setting up a clothesline. Better yet, set up two clotheslines with a few feet between them—draping the blanket over the pair relieves a lot of the weight on the wet textile.  You’re not supposed to hang wool in direct sunlight, but I always break that rule for just a few minutes. The UV light from the sun works with the water to cut the mustiness.

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.

 

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