How to Wash a Variety of Blanket Types

The more you love your blankets, the more likely you are to use them frequently. The more you use them, the more they will need to be washed. You may be wondering how to wash blankets to keep them in top condition, wash after wash, use after use? While blankets can vary considerably in terms of fabric and laundering instructions, there are luckily a few key guidelines to help you take the best possible care of your most loved blankets. As you’re probably already aware, there will be some key differences based on fabric type, but with the right knowledge, laundering any type of blanket can be a breeze. To help you get started, here’s a quick guide on how to wash blankets.

How to Wash Cotton Blankets

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Cotton blankets represent one of the most favored blanket types, with excellent breathability and a natural feel. Blankets that are made from 100% cotton are machine washable and dryer safe. However, be sure to use a mild detergent, as well as cold water (never hot) and medium heat if you’re machine drying. Cotton blankets naturally tend to get softer with each wash and continued wear.

How to Wash Plush Blankets

One of the fabrics that comes up often in the question of how to wash blankets is plush material. With that oh-so-soft feel, plush blankets are typically crafted from 100% polyester and are surprisingly easy to care for. Much like the rules for washing cotton blankets, plush blankets are machine washable and dryer safe, but should always be laundered with gentle detergent and settings. Opt for a delicate wash cycle in cold water, and tumble dry on low heat.

How to Wash Nylon Blankets

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Nylon blankets need to be treated more delicately than cotton and polyester. For washing, using cold water — and only the most delicate machine setting — is vital. You could also opt for hand-washing. Because nylon is especially susceptible to heat, which can cause it to lose its signature texture and luster, only the lowest heat setting should be used when machine drying, or better yet, air dry.

How to Wash Blankets with Mixed Fabrics

Some blankets are made from multiple materials or a fabric blend, making things a bit more complicated than simply how to wash plush blankets or how to wash cotton blankets. For blankets of this type, always be sure to consult the laundering instructions (these can often be found directly on the product tag), and keep a key to the various laundry symbols handy. When in doubt, it never hurts to consult the manufacturer’s website or reach out for a second opinion.

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