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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket: The Essential Guide

From the Puffy Editorial Team | 5 min read.
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket: The Essential Guide

The Importance of Properly Washing Your Weighted Blanket

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.

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How Often Should You Wash a Weighted Blanket?

Why are weighted blankets great for sleep?

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.

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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket in a Washing Machine

Before you toss your weighted blanket into the washing machine, always check the care label. If machine washing is permitted, follow these steps:

  1. Check the weight: Ensure your washing machine can handle the weight of your blanket. Avoid overloading your machine; if the blanket is too heavy, consider going to a laundromat with commercial-sized washers.
  2. Select the right cycle: Opt for a gentle cycle with cold water to prevent damaging the blanket.
  3. Choose a mild detergent: A mild, non-bleach detergent is typically safe for weighted blankets. Avoid using fabric softener, which can damage the blanket's filling.
  4. Run the wash cycle: Allow your machine to run the complete cycle, ensuring the blanket is thoroughly cleaned.
Like our mattress toppers, 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.

    How to Hand Wash a Weighted Blanket

    Can you hand wash a weighted blanket?

    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:

    1. Prepare your tub: Fill a large tub with cold water and a mild detergent. Ensure there's enough space for the blanket to move around.
    2. Wash the blanket: Immerse the blanket into the soapy water. Gently agitate it and let it soak for around 30 minutes.
    3. Rinse thoroughly: Drain the soapy water and refill with fresh water. Rinse the blanket until the water runs clear and ensure no soap residue remains.
    4. Gently squeeze out water: Avoid wringing the blanket. Instead, press out as much water as you can.

    How to Wash a Weighted Blanket with Glass Beads

    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:

    1. Check care instructions: Some blankets with glass beads may have specific cleaning instructions. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
    2. Wash carefully: Whether you're machine washing on a gentle cycle or hand washing, be gentle to avoid causing the beads to shift excessively.
    3. Rinse thoroughly: Ensure to rinse thoroughly, as trapped soap can cause the beads to clump together.

    How to Dry a Weighted Blanket

    How often should you wash it?

    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.

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    Conclusion: Prolonging the Life of Your Weighted Blanket

    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.


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