Yay! You're now the proud owner of a weighted blanket! We’re so glad you joined the Napperhood! Now that you’ve got a good few weeks of coziness and deep sleep under your belt, it’s a good time to think about washing your Napper.
This post takes a deep dive into the details about how to wash a weighted blanket so that it stays in good shape for many more peaceful nights. Let’s help you get your Napper in and out of the wash safe and sound.
Steps For Washing A Weighted Blanket
Washing a weighted blanket is a four-step process, starting with always checking the care label for specific care instructions. Once you’ve read these instructions, it’s helpful to check for any spots or stains that might need to be treated before putting the entire blanket into the washing machine and then tumble drying your Napper. Below we’ve outlined each of these steps in more detail.
Step 1: Check the care instructions
An important first step is to check the care label of your weighted blanket for instructions. Not all weighted blankets are the same and each type will require different care.
Step 2: Treat stains
Before you load your weighted blanket into your washing machine, it’s useful to check and spot treat. Reminder: never use bleach!
Step 3: Wash your weighted blanket
Now that you've gotten rid of the stains on your weighted blanket, it's time to give it a wash. Are weighted blankets machine washable? If it’s one of our knitted weighted blankets, then yes!
Many weighted blanket manufacturers use artificial fillers and synthetic fabrics to make their products. This type of production isn’t particularly eco-friendly and often results in a blanket that’s not machine washable. Our weighted Nappers are entirely filler-free, crafted from sustainable materials, and as such, machine washable.
So, how do you wash a weighted blanket at home? Here are some tips for washing your weighted blanket:
- Wash separately in cold water.
- Select either the delicate or permanent-press cycle.
- Use only gentle or mild detergent.
- Wash only your Napper (your socks can wait!).
- Avoid using fabric softener.
- No need for bleach anywhere near your Napper.
Step 4: Dry your weighted blankets
We recommend you tumble dry your Napper on low heat. You might need to do this twice to completely dry your weighted blanket.
Never hang your Napper up to dry – it’ll stretch! We don’t recommend laying our Napper blankets flat to dry either: the chunky-knit fabric can take a while to air dry and then might end up leaving a musty smell. Opt for tumble drying on low heat, so your Napper stays fresh and feeling great.
How To Wash A 25 lb Or 20 lb Weighted Blanket
Bearaby weighted blankets are available in 8, 15, 20, and 25 lb weight options. All our blankets are machine washable, but we do recommend checking your washing machine and tumble dryer’s weight capacity before washing and drying your Napper.
Our delightfully heavy blankets are great for deep sleep, but best to know beforehand if the washing machine and dryer model you have can bear the full weight of your blanket.
You can check the manual of your washing machine and see how many pounds it can bear. However, if you’re like the majority of us and don’t have the manual to your washing machine lying around, this handy article shows you how to calculate your washing machine’s capacity (note: you will most definitely need a calculator). For example, a typical large capacity front-loading washer comes out to handle 20-22 pounds, but best to check your specific model.
If you have an older model or top-loading washing machine or dryer with an agitator, it might be best to wash and dry your Napper at a laundromat in a heavy-duty machine. Remember to use mild detergent!
After washing, tumble dry your weighted blanket on low. Two or more drying cycles may be necessary to dry it out completely. We don’t recommend hanging your Napper up to line-dry as this will stretch out all its hand-knit loops.
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How Often Should I Wash My Weighted Blanket?
If you use your blanket daily with a sheet underneath, you may want to wash it once per month. If you only use it occasionally, try airing it out frequently and washing 4-5 times per year.
If you have one of our Velvet Nappers, we recommend handling it with a little extra care by not washing it too frequently. The Eco-velvet fabric is machine washable, and we recommend tumble drying your Velvet Napper, but it requires gentle handling to make sure it preserves its sublimely soft feel for many naps to come.
Help! I Spilled Something On My Blanket!
Whether it’s a splash of red wine, a dribble of coffee, or a muddy paw print from your pup, stains happen. Check out The Cleaning Institute for recommendations of what to do for any and all potential stains. Most common spills will involve soaking the blanket or comforter’s affected area in some cold water before gently spot-treating with mild or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Then, wash as usual per the instructions above! If it’s dirt or mud, try first to brush off as much as possible once it’s dried.
What About The Detergent?
You can use a mild or gentle detergent in the washing machine – definitely no need for bleach here! We’re fans of eco-friendly soaps; try Mrs. Meyer’s or Method green laundry detergents. Also, no need for fabric softener or dryer sheets. Feel free to throw a towel in when tumble drying to add a little bit of fluff to your weighted blanket.
How To Wash The Sleeper
We’ve got similar instructions for the Sleeper weighted comforter. Wash the Sleeper separately in cold or warm water on a delicate or gentle cycle. The Sleepers can be unzipped and washed separately. If you bought the 25-pound Sleeper, consider taking it to the professionals so you don’t cause wear and tear on your washing machine. The Sleeper can also be tumble-dried on a low setting.
How To Wash Sleeper Sheets
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a matching set of sheets to go with your Sleeper, these instructions are for you. The Sleeper Sheets are specially designed with extra-strong corner ties to keep your weighted comforter in place and not slip-sliding around off the sides of the bed while you sleep. We’ve even got 350-degree zipper ties, making these the easiest sheets you’ve ever had to change.
When it’s time to wash your Sleeper sheets, you’ve got a little more leeway compared to when washing the weighted comforter. You can wash the sheets at home in warm water, on a regular cycle. The sheets can be tumble dried as well. If you really want to, feel free to iron them (although you probably don’t have ironed sheets unless you live in a hotel or are Monica Geller).
Help! My Furry Friend Sheds Like Crazy!
If your dog or cat has added an extra layer to your blanket with its hair, wash the weighted blanket or comforter in cold water, like usual. Use a lint roller once it’s completely dry. This should remove the maximum amount of pet hair without damaging the blanket.
Can You Dry Clean A Weighted Blanket?
Some conventional weighted blankets come with a “dry clean only” label but keep in mind that dry cleaning is a process that can be toxic to humans and harmful to our environment. We highly recommend opting for a machine washable weighted blanket like our Cotton Napper. It’s a healthier option for you and our planet.
A Step-By-Step Guide For How To Wash A Weighted Blanket
How do you wash a weighted blanket? Here are a few helpful do’s and don’ts for washing your Napper to keep it in great shape.
All Bearaby weighted blankets are machine washable, ideally in cold water on a delicate setting.
Nappers are dryer-friendly! Tumble dry on low, keeping in mind two cycles might be necessary to dry it completely. Best to never line dry your Napper to avoid stretching.
Use gentle, eco-friendly detergent without any bleach, and skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets too. Always check your machine’s loading capacity to ensure a thorough clean and to avoid damage to your equipment.
Did you know?
The Royal Flush: Laundry accounts for 21% of indoor water use in households, while flushing the toilet accounts for a whopping 41%!