When it comes to sleeping better and reducing stress, weighted blankets are a dream! But keeping your weighted blanket clean can present some difficulties if you are a first time user. We’re going to change that with this easy to follow guide that will tell you how to wash a weighted blanket so it feels brand new every time you use it.
The benefits of a weighted blanket are undeniable, which makes their widespread popularity no surprise. Before we get stuck into how to wash a weighted blanket, you may want to know what exactly makes a weighted blanket so good to sleep in.
In times of stress and anxiety, a hug can make you feel calm and reassured that everything is going to be okay. Weighted blankets simulate the feeling of a hug with a process called gentle pressure stimulation, or deep pressure therapy.
The heaviness of the blanket calms the body down by lowering the heart rate and putting the nervous system in the zone of rest and relaxation.
Most of the best weighted blankets in the market can be washed at home. It all depends on what material the cover is made from and the material that fills the blanket to make it heavy.
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.
Before anything else, you need to read the label. Doing so will help you avoid any unwanted surprises when you take the blanket out of the washing machine. Due to the heavy nature of these blankets, it’s not a good idea to throw it in the washer and simply hope for the best.
Unfortunately, not all weighted blankets can be machine washed so make sure you check. If you are still unsure after reading the label, consider calling the manufacturer for further information.
Failing to read the label may result in the blanket shifting, or getting inundated with water making it close to impossible to dry. Each weighted blanket will come with varying washing instructions.
Whether it’s a blood stain or a smear of grease from your late night snack - you might be able to get away with a spot clean, as opposed to a complete wash in the machine.
For spot cleaning, never use bleach. Gently apply your favorite stain removal product to treat the trouble area on your weighted blanket. Don’t rub too hard as you may impact the fabric and beads inside.
Also consider a natural stain-removal solution instead of a store-bought one. Natural homemade cleaning products are better for the environment, and cheaper in the long run. A popular stain-remover is a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar.
Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution you wish to use, and gently blot the stained area on your weighted blanket with a clean white cloth.
Once you have figured out if your blanket is machine washable, you can then adjust the instructions. Due to the heavy nature of these blankets you may need a larger front loader washing machine, especially if you have a queen or king size weighted blanket.
Like our mattress covers, the Puffy Weighted Blanket can be washed at home on a gentle wash setting. What makes our blanket so unique is that it has a removable cover, so you don’t need to place the entire blanket in the wash. Just wash the cover for year-round freshness.
Most quality weighted blankets suggest gentle wash, but be sure to double check as this can vary between brands.
Living in a cramped apartment with no washing machine, and don’t want to head to the laundromat? Handwashing your weighted blanket is an option, but you need to be careful so that you do not damage the fill.
Due to the heaviness of the blanket, it’s best to submerge it in a bathtub as it will be easy to drain and get all the soap out. If you choose to handwash the weighted blanket at home, ensure you know what water temperature the manufacturer recommends for the best cleaning results.
Once your weighted blanket is all washed, you then need to figure out the best method to dry the blanket so it doesn’t retain any moisture, while still protecting the fill.
You will notice that safeguarding the fill of the weighted blanket is a common theme here. The reason for this is that it’s imperative to keep the pellets or beads in-place so that the weight remains evenly distributed.
If the beads within the blanket shift during the drying process, you may feel an uncomfortable amount of pressure on certain parts of your body which won’t help you improve sleep.
The best way to dry most weighted blankets is to air dry them outside. Keep an eye on the weather to ensure the sun is bright enough so every single layer dries properly. Read the manufacturer's label to see if you have the option to tumble dry.
Naturally, after you clean your weighted blanket, the easiest way to dry it will be throwing it in a tumble dryer. Generally, the top blankets on the market can be dried in the machine on a gentle tumble dry setting. High heat may damage the blanket and or fill so double check the settings before you press start.
Avoid using the dryer if your particular blanket is filled with glass beads. Under intense heat pressure, glass beads can break, crack or even shatter inside the weighted blanket making it unsafe to use.
Like all bedding, washing frequency will depend on how often you use the blanket and how hot you tend to get. Many hot sleepers sweat in their sleep and tend to wash their bedding more than others.
If you buy a weighted blanket with a cover, you can wash it more often with ease. Otherwise, you can wash it every 2 months or so like you would your duvet in the colder months.
To avoid an accumulation of dust and other allergens, select a weighted blanket that is hypoallergenic. Doing so will give you peace of mind that your blanket is not going to fill with dust.
We wouldn’t recommend it. If you dry the blanket properly, it shouldn't have too many creases to begin with. The issue with ironing a weighted blanket is that extreme heat can again damage the weights inside the blanket.
A clever way to remove creases during the drying process is to either use a hairdryer, or make a DIY wrinkle release solution. An example of ingredients includes 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of fabric softener, and 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Simply spray onto the crease surface then smooth over with your hands.
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.