As they have been wet with washing (and with our tears), we must learn how to dry weighted blanket in return.
Whether physically or psychologically, the comfort weighted blankets give us is commendable.
It is not just essential to wash our lovely blankets the right way. Drying them properly is just as important.
With proper care and warmth—just like what they give us— drying them must be a piece of cake.
2 Simple Methods On How To Dry Weighted Blanket
The drying of your weighted blankets depends on how much heat they can stand and how and whether they can stand high temperatures.
You must check the tag first for drying instructions.
Weighted blankets are heavy already, but they become much heavier when wet.
It is up to you to decide whether you will hang it dry or throw it into a dryer.
Method #1. Air dying
Hanging your weighted blanket in clothes might make its fillers become dispersed and unevenly distributed.
You can lay it flat on a surface, such as a bannister, to let it dry.
Ensure that you shake it every half an hour just so the fillers and weight will equally distribute.
You can also flip it every 4 to 5 hours for faster drying.
Usually, it takes 24 hours to dry the whole thing depending on the weather conditions.
Method #2. Machine drying
Depending on the type of fabric, you can set your dryer on medium or low heat. You can also use a tumble dry setting and throw it in the blanket.
Make sure that there is enough room for the blanket. Please dry it alone in the machine.
For a 20 pound weighted blanket, you must go to a laundromat to dry it with a commercial dryer.
You may also put in a dry towel. A dry towel will make your weighted blanket fluff up a little.
Commonly, the ones filled with micro-glass beads are the easiest to dry using a machine.
You have to be extra careful with the blankets with other types of fillers.
Always be careful with how you wash and dry your weighted blankets.
You should always be aware of the most appropriate method of drying for every type of fabric.
Any mistake can make you lose your sleeping aid— which I know you wouldn’t want.
We know you want to keep everything straight, but weighted blankets are not one of those things.
It is not just the physical warmth but also the emotional comfort of weighted blankets that we want to enjoy as long as we can.
Ironing them won’t take them on a long journey with us. It is not suitable for blankets to get ironed.
An iron damages them and makes them wear off quickly.
It will be cold at night without them, and you wouldn’t want that. Don’t iron your blankets and enjoy their wrinkled comfort.
Drying for specific types of fabric
- Cotton – This is the easiest to wash and dry. You can either hang it there outside to dry or throw it into a dryer on low.
- Wool – Unlike cotton, wool is the hardest to maintain. Similarly, one can also hang it to dry or put it in a dryer.
- Silk – It is not your usual type of weighted blanket. Silk is better to be dry cleaned than washed.
- Flannel – You can treat weighted flannel blankets just like you do with the cotton ones. You can hang it to dry or use a dryer.
Just make sure the tag does not say otherwise.
- Rayon – It is very sensitive and can easily be damaged and shrunk. It will help if you lay this flat when drying.
- Fleece – When a blanket made of this type of fabric, you can either air dry it or tumble dry it but with just low heat.
Keeping your weighted blanket clean
It would help if you only used your weighted blankets to cover yourself and not the bed. This way, you can protect your precious blanket from daily activities and damage.
Your weighted blankets should exclusively be for human use only. We know you love your UK home buddies, but pets can make your blankets dirty and smelly!
Don’t eat on your bed unless you want your weighted blankets to smell like scrambled eggs and bacon.
Avoid using your weighted blankets when you are not in bed.
If you want to feel warm while working on something, you may get smaller ones. They will be easier to wash.
To avoid frequent washing, you can provide a removable cover for your weighted blankets. A removable cover will protect it from dust, stains, and dirt.
Weighted blankets do not just ease our physical burdens but also psychological ones. It would be even more comfortable if it handled with utmost care.
Owning one comes hand-in-hand with knowing how to take care of it properly. This article can help you with basic methods on how to dry a weighted blanket.
Now that you have already learned how to, you can continue to experience sleep at a different comfort level.