Is your electric blanket starting to smell? Have you recently noticed fabric stains and dirty blotches? Thanks to modern comfort advancements, many electric blankets can be safely washed. While you may be wary of damaging the electrical wiring inside, many manufacturers create washing guidelines so you can feel confident keeping your favorite comfort item clean. Here’s how you can safely and easily clean your electric blankets.
Every electric blanket is different and may have varying wash restrictions. Always consult your owner’s manual or the item’s tag before throwing it in the washer. Following the instructions and guidelines in your manual will prolong the blanket’s lifespan and minimize potential fire hazards.
Some blankets can be cleaned via a gentle cycle, while others will have to be hand-washed. The wiring inside the blanket is fragile and can easily become damaged through improper use or handling. Minimize potential risks by thoroughly following the guidelines provided in the owner’s manual.
Start the process by unplugging the blanket from its power box. Before washing, you should fully lay out the blanket and check for any signs of damage. No wires should be visible or sticking up through the fabric. Regularly inspect your blanket for any worn patches or holes. You can then remove any large debris with a lint roller and spot clean as necessary.
Most electric blankets won’t be able to withstand a full laundry cycle. Addressing the blanket’s stains and dirt individually will improve its overall cleanliness without putting the internal wires at risk.
Washing Your Electric Blanket
If your blanket is machine-washable, use a delicate or gentle setting. Electric blankets need cool or lukewarm water to preserve the internal heating elements. You should also be mindful of your detergent brand. Harsh chemicals may cause harm to the blanket’s insulation. Only use a mild detergent, and avoid using bleach or fabric softener.
Gently submerge your blanket in your washer and let it agitate for a few minutes. Avoid leaving your electric blanket in the washer for a full cycle. After it’s washed, run it through a gentle rinse and spin.
If you have to wash your electric blanket by hand, fill your bathtub or a large container with lukewarm water. Add a small amount of mild detergent then submerge your blanket. Agitate the water with your hand, making sure every inch of the fabric is covered. Don’t try to scrub the blanket while it’s in the water. After a few minutes, gently squeeze out any excess water. Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric as this may damage the wires.
After washing your electric blanket, you can use a dryer or clothesline. Large blankets often need to be hung out to dry to avoid crimping their wiring. Make sure your dryer has enough room for your blanket to adequately tumble dry. You can also partially dry your blanket in the dryer before moving it to the clothesline. Make sure the temperature setting is all the way down and tumble in brief intervals until dry.
If you don’t have access to a clothesline, you can also throw it over your shower rod or across chairs. The blanket may need to be left for hours or even days depending on your drying method and blanket thickness.
Don’t use your electric blanket until it is completely dry. Once your electric blanket is fully dry, it’s time to plug it back in and test it. If you notice that some areas aren’t heating up or you hear an odd sound, immediately turn your blanket off.
No one wants to cuddle up with a comfort item that looks and smells dirty. There are a variety of ways you can safely wash your electric blanket without compromising its wiring. Enjoy new levels of comfort and relaxation by following these easy steps and regularly monitoring your electric blanket for signs of damage.
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