how to wash a heated blanket

How to Safely Wash Your Heated Blanket at Home

Wondering how to wash a heated blanket that keeps you warm on cold nights? Those heated blankets are specifically meant for cold weather.

how to wash a heated blanket

They’re comfortable, soft, and even helpful for achy joints, but, they can be stressful when it comes to washing them. 

But don’t worry, because we are about to dive into details on everything you need to know about washing your heated blanket, how often to wash it, dry it, and store your heated blanket.

How to Wash a Heated Blanket

You can choose to either wash your blanket by hand or toss it in the machine. Just make sure to check what the manufacturer says so you don’t accidentally give your blanket a wash it wasn’t built for.

To wash a heated blanket, use a gentle and short washing machine cycle with low-speed spinning and minimal movement. Also, make sure to use a specific water temperature that is different from what you would use for a regular wash.

For a gentle hand wash, unplug your blanket, remove the control cord, soak it in lukewarm soapy water for 15 minutes, rinse with cool water, and avoid wringing out to keep your heated blanket happy.

But if you prefer the machine route, wash your heated blanket alone, maybe with a few bed sheets for company, using warm, cool, or cold water but don’t use hot water, bleach, or fabric softener to keep your blanket’s inner workings in top shape.

The materials you will need for the washing are; a washer, dryer or drying rack/clothesline, laundry detergent, and clean cloths.

Steps by Step Guide on How to Wash Your Heated Blanket

So, let’s simplify those steps:

1. Remove the Cords

Take off any electric cords connected to your blanket. They shouldn’t get wet, or your blanket might act up.

2. Check Washing Instructions

Look for instructions on your blanket or in the info that came with it. They’ll tell you if it’s a machine job or a hand-wash situation, which cycle to use, and any soap details.

3. Machine Wash Gently

Most heated blankets are like a delicate or gentle cycle. It’s kinder to the wires inside.

4. Hand Wash if Needed

If the instructions say hand wash, remove the cords, use cold water and mild detergent. Soak, agitate with your hands, rinse until soap is gone, and squeeze out water. Dry flat or on low in the machine if allowed.

5. Dry it Right

Most blankets can handle low tumble drying. Follow the instructions. If air-drying, place it between towels to soak up water, then lay or hang it flat.

To keep your heated blanket in top shape, Val Oliveira, CEO of Val’s Services in Chicago, advises you to start by unplugging it completely and removing any controllers or cords.

And to also check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions found on a tag or in the user manual.

How to Dry a Heated Blanket

How to Wash a Heated Blanket

Here’s a simple breakdown for drying and caring for your heated blanket:

1. Air Drying

Use a drying rack, clothesline, or even your shower rod if you don’t have those. Don’t rush, but just let it air dry.

2. Low Heat in the Dryer

If you’re in a hurry, it’s okay to use the dryer but go for low heat. Just 10-15 minutes, take it out when it’s a bit damp, and let it finish drying in the air.

3. No Laundromat Machines

If you’re at a laundromat, don’t use their machines. They can get too hot. Stick to air drying. And no dry cleaning because it would be too rough for the wiring.

4. Prep Before Washing

Check the care label, unplug it, and gently toss it in the washer on a gentle cycle. Avoid a fast spin because it’s not friends with the wires.

5. Controller and Cords Care

Wipe the controller and cords with a damp cloth. Be careful not to make them too wet. They need to be completely dry before reattaching.

6. Safety Check

Before cuddling back up, give it a good look. If you spot exposed wires or any damage, skip using it because of safety first.

How Often to Wash a Heated Blanket

Taking care of your heated blanket is key to avoiding frequent washes, according to Oliveira. When not in use, you can store it in a cool, dry place. 

Don’t tightly fold it but instead, roll it up loosely to prevent wiring damage.

Shantae Duckworth, founder of Shantaeize Your Space and a skilled organizer agrees, suggesting you wash it only when necessary, like after someone’s been sick or if it’s visibly dirty. 

Ideally, give it a monthly wash during heavy use in winter. If you use it every night, place it on top of your comforter, not directly on yourself, to reduce washing needs.

And, just in case you’re wondering, clean your regular bedding at least once a week.

And if your heated blanket ends up with a stain because it’s likely to happen if a regular wash doesn’t cut it, make a mix of laundry detergent and warm water.

Put it on the stain using a clean cloth. You can either let it sit and then wash the blanket following the care instructions or wipe the treated area with a damp cloth and let it air dry.

How to Store a Heated Blanket

How to Wash a Heated Blanket

Here’s a simple guide for putting your heated blanket away during warm weather:

1. After unplugging everything, check for any exposed wires, burns, or tears. If it’s damaged, consider repairing or replacing it.

2. Wash and dry the blanket before storing it, making sure it’s completely dry. Look for cracks or dark spots on the controls and cords because if you spot any, it might be time for a replacement.

3. Once it’s clean and dry, roll the blanket gently. Don’t make sharp folds that could mess up the wires. Store it in a cool, dry place, away from tiny bugs and rodents.

4. Keep the controls and cords unplugged and loosely coil them. Store everything together in a cloth bag or plastic container to keep dust away.

Giving your heated blanket a good wash doesn’t have to be a scary task because it’s like giving your comfortable companion a spa day. 

Just remember to always check the manufacturer’s instructions, be gentle with it (no harsh treatments), and choose a sunny day for drying. 

Treat your heated blanket with the love it deserves, and it’ll keep cuddling you warmly for many more nights to come.

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