Blankets are essential items in every home. They come in a variety of materials, colors, and patterns. Most blankets can be machine washed on a gentle cycle in cold to warm water and line dried or tumble dried low. However, wool blankets require special care. Hot water or high drying temperatures can 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 low.
Even if you follow the recommended care instructions, some wool blankets may still experience shrinkage. Industry standards for shrinkage in blankets allow as much as six percent after five washings. For example, a wool blanket that is 81 x 108 inches in size can shrink as much as 4.5 inches in one direction and 6.5 inches in the other direction, resulting in a blanket that is 76.5 x 101.5 inches in size.
Here are some additional tips for caring for blankets:
- Spot clean spills and stains as soon as possible to prevent them from setting.
- If you need to wash a blanket that is not machine washable, take it to a professional dry cleaner.
- Store blankets in a clean, dry place when they are not in use.
By following these tips, you can help your blankets last for many years.
“Thanks to the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute for contributing to this article.”