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How to Wash Your Weighted Blanket



SLEEP SCIENCE

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Woohoo, you are now the proud owner of a weighted blanket! We’re so glad you made the leap towards feeling better and better sleep. Now that you’ve got a good few weeks of coziness and sleeping well under your belt, it may be just about time to think about washing it. Maybe you spilled some of your herbal tea when you were dozing off the couch with your Napper, or maybe you were eating takeout in bed (hey, it happens) and a dumpling tumbled its way down onto your Sleeper. Whatever it may be, let’s get that weighted blanket in and out of the wash safe and sound!


How to Wash the Napper


All of our Napper weighted blankets are lovingly hand-knitted, but they can still be machine washed with ease at home. We’d love for you to use cool or warm water (upto 30 Celsius) on a delicate or permanent press cycle, with the Napper being the only thing you wash at that time (your socks can wait!).


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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. Keep reading to find out what to do if you spill on the blanket!

If you have one of the heavier blankets (we are talking 25lb) combined with a finicky, old, or top-loading washing machine, you may be best off getting it washed at a laundromat in one of their heavy-duty washers. 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 laying 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 being able to handle 20-22 pounds.

After washing, you can tumble dry the Napper 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 beautiful loops and weaves. Tumble-drying too often may lead to a shorter lifespan of your blanket, although it is a faster method of drying compared to laying it out flat.


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How to Wash the Sleeper


We’ve got similar instructions for the Sleeper weighted comforter. Wash the Sleeper separately in cool or warm water, on a delicate or gentle cycle. 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, laid out flat to dry, or draped over a very sturdy surface. The Queen and King Sleepers can be unzipped and washed separately.


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How to Wash the 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 blanket or 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).


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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 blanket.


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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 blanket or comforter in cold water, like usual. Then, lay it flat to air dry and use a lint roller once it’s completely dry. This should remove the maximum amount of pet hair without damaging the blankets.


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 affected area of the blanket or comforter in some cold water, before spot-treating with laundry detergent. Then, wash as usual per the instructions above! If it’s dirt or mud from your dog (or maybe your child?), try to first brush off as much as possible when it’s dried.


Bearassentials

• All Bearaby weighted blankets and comforters are machine washable, ideally in warm water (up to 30C) and on the delicate or permanent-press setting. Feel free to use a mesh wash bag.


• And they’re dryer-friendly! Simply tumble dry low (twice if necessary). Oh, and be sure not to hang your Napper on anything or its hand-knit weaves could get stretched out, which isn’t good for when it’s time for you to stretch out on the couch.


• When cleaning your Bearaby because say, your fur baby loves laying on it (and shedding on it), use a gentle and eco-friendly detergent without any bleach, and skip the fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

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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%!



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