November 13, 2020
How To Wash A Weighted Blanket: Helpful Hints
How do you wash a weighted blanket? Here are a few helpful do’s and don’ts for washing your Napper.
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.
Are weighted blankets machine washable?
If it’s one of our knitted weighted blankets, then yes! Keeping things simple and sustainable doesn’t only underpin our cozy little company’s manufacturing ethos; it also extends to our products’ maintenance. That’s why all our Bearaby blankets are machine washable.
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, you now know your Napper is machine washable, but you’re maybe still feeling a little unsure exactly how to clean a weighted blanket? We’ve compiled a few helpful hints on how to wash a weighted blanket.
How do you wash a weighted blanket at home?
Here are some do’s for washing your weighted blanket:
- Wash separately in cold or lukewarm water (max 30 °C).
- Select either the delicate or permanent-press cycle.
- Use only gentle or mild detergent.
- Tumble dry on low heat – please note it may take more than one round for your Napper to dry completely.
- Wash only your Napper (your socks can wait!).
Here are some don’ts for washing a weighted blanket:
- Avoid using fabric softener.
- No need for bleach anywhere near your Napper.
- Never hang your Napper up to dry – it’ll stretch!
- We don’t recommend laying our Napper blankets flat to dry: the chunky-knit fabric can take a while to air dry and then might end up leaving a musty smell. Opt for tumble drying, 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’s weight capacity before washing your Napper.
Our delightfully heavy blankets are great for deep sleep, but best to know beforehand if the washing machine 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 with an agitator, it might be best to wash your 20 lb or 25 lb Napper at a laundromat in a heavy-duty washing 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. Just don’t hang the Napper from anything – we don’t want to stretch out all those hand-knit loops.
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 Queen and King 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.
• All Bearaby weighted blankets and comforters are machine washable, ideally in cold or lukewarm water (up to 30°C) on the delicate or permanent-press setting.
• Nappers are dryer-friendly! Tumble dry on low, keeping in mind two cycles might be necessary to dry it completely. Be sure never to hang your Napper up so its hand-knit weaves don’t stretch out.
• Use gentle, eco-friendly detergent without any bleach, and skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets too.
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%!