Industry news + tips to help you take the best care of your garments.

Keep Blankets Looking & Feeling Great

Sep 27, 2016

Keep Blankets Looking & Feeling GreatAutumn is officially upon us, which means that the cooler weather will soon have us all pulling out our favorite blankets. As customers have already been bringing us tons of household items to clean in preparation for the colder months, we figured we’d give you a few tips on how to keep your blankets looking and feeling great all year.

Caring for (Non-Electric) Blankets

Blanket composition ranges from synthetic to natural fibers; from non-woven to woven fabrics; and from neutral colors to exotic prints. It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning blankets. Although the Federal Trade Commission does not require care labels on blankets, care instructions are usually provided on a permanent label or temporary hang tag.

In most cases, blankets should be machine washed on a gentle cycle in cold-to-warm water and line-dried or tumble-dried on low. Most blankets can also be dry-cleaned — except for electric blankets, which can be damaged by dry cleaning.

Wool is Special

Wool blankets can either be of a woven or knit fabric construction and require special precautions when cleaning. Hot water or high drying temperatures may cause wool blankets to shrink and feel harsh and stiff. If the care label suggests, machine wash only in cold water on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, and line-dry or tumble-dry on low.

Bear in mind that even though you may follow the recommended care instructions, some wool blankets may still experience shrinkage. Industry standards for shrinkage in blankets allow as much as 6% after five washings. So pay attention to your care labels! Or just #ThinkHeider. We’d be happy to help.