Weighted blankets have been gaining popularity for their reported benefits in promoting better sleep and reducing anxiety. But like any other piece of bedding, these blankets need to be cleaned regularly to maintain their effectiveness and prolong their lifespan. However, due to their unique construction, washing a weighted blanket isn't as straightforward as washing your typical comforter.
As a quick guide, if your weighted blanket is made with a cotton cover and filled with high-quality ceramic beads like the Puffy Weighted Blanket, it will be easy to wash at home. If not, you may need the help of a dry cleaning specialist. Follow the guide below to wash your weighted blanket at home.
The frequency of washing a weighted blanket largely depends on its use and the presence of a removable cover. If you're using a cover, you'll need to wash it about once a week.
The blanket itself, on the other hand, usually requires washing every one to two months. However, if it's directly in contact with your skin, consider washing it more frequently.
Before you toss your weighted blanket into the washing machine, always check the care label. If machine washing is permitted, follow these steps:
Hand washing a weighted blanket is a viable option if it's too large for your machine or if the care label advises against machine washing. Here are the steps for hand washing:
Glass beads are often used in weighted blankets due to their dense and smooth texture. To wash a weighted blanket with glass beads, follow the same guidelines as above, keeping in mind these extra steps:
When it comes to drying a weighted blanket, air drying is the safest method. Lay it flat to dry if possible, flipping occasionally. If you must use a dryer, select a low-heat setting and consider adding dryer balls to help keep the blanket fluffed. Again, always refer to the care label before making a decision.
By properly washing and caring for your weighted blanket, you can extend its lifespan and continue enjoying its benefits. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions before washing and drying.
With proper care, your weighted blanket can continue to provide you with a comforting, good night's sleep for years to come.
Now that you know how to wash a weighted blanket, you are all set to take care of yours so it stays looking brand new. Don’t have one yet? You can test the Puffy Weighted Blanket using our 101-night sleep trial to see if it’s worth the hype.