For those of you who do your washing yourself, you know how it can be a complicated task.
A lot of people prefer to send their clothes over to launderers or dry cleanersThis helps them avoid the navigation of the tricky paths of washingBut, it is not as complicated as it might seem to youThe trick is to make sure that you have a firm grasp on the instructions and guidelines given out by the manufacturer.
Similarly, washing blankets at home might seem like a difficult task as well. Don’t worry though, it is very easy. There are some basic things you need to know before washing a Sherpa blanket at home. Keep reading to know how to wash a Sherpa blanket at home.
Like all other things, care and preparation are extremely important. Always read the instructions given by the makers of your blanket. This is a very crucial step. Reading the instructions will help give you a grasp on what not to do. If it says not to use a fabric softener then so is it, etc.
Before going ahead with either machine wash or hand wash, you should prep your blanket a little. Start by removing any major signs of dirt that you might spot on the blanket. This might take a while but we promise it will be worth it. Do a thorough check of any solid pieces of dirt stuck on it.
The one thing that remains constant for all types of the wash is the temperature required. You should never wash a Sherpa blanket or any other Sherpa piece of clothing with hot water. These are made up of polyester or have plastic-like material in it. Heat might melt those and destroy your blankets, etc.
Many blankets advise their consumers not to machine wash the article. Check the instructions for clarity. Machine washing is pretty easy. You have to be careful about the temperature of the entire process. Hot water or hot dryer can melt the polyester fibers and ruin your blanket.
Start by pouring in cold water in your machine. Next up, take some liquid detergent and mix it in the water. Make sure that you don’t use powder because that tends to ruin it as well. The next step will be to immerse your blanket in the water. Make sure you do that once the detergent is thoroughly mixed in. Turn the cycle set to gentle and let the cycle complete. The cycle usually goes on for like a minute or so. Once it’s completed, the next step would be to take it out.
Drying is a very important step in this entire process. You don’t want to use the hot temperature on your dryer. Simply take the blanket out of the machine and hang it. Choose an airy and breezy place to hang your blanket. It is best to leave it to air dry for a while. Keep checking up on it. Only use the dryer once it is almost dry.
The reason behind using the dryer to further dry it down during the last 5-10 minutes is for the softness. Cool dry your blanket for a few minutes in the dryer. This will help in making sure it retains the fluffiness and the soft texture.
If you don’t want to wash your blanket in the machine then you can opt for handwashing it as well. Hand washing can be a little more difficult than a machine wash. There are still no technicalities in the process but more strength will be required. Similar to the machine wash process, you will need cold water.
Take a deep tub and pour cold water into it. Now, take some liquid detergent and add it to the water. If you don’t have a tub big enough for a blanket, you can use your bathtub as well. Make sure that the liquid detergent is mixed thoroughly. Now start by immersing one corner of your blanket into the water. Slowly repeat this step for the rest of the blanket. Once it is completely dipped into the water, start rubbing on it to get rid of any stains or dirt. Keep a gentle but firm hand so that it doesn’t get ruined.
Take it out when you are satisfied with the wash and think it is clean. Put it down on a clean floor and press on it to get rid of excess water. Don’t wring the blanket or you might ruin the texture. The next step would be drying it. Don’t put it in the dryer. Lastly, hang it and a spacious area where there are lots of breezes. Let it air dry for a while and you’ll be good to go.