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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Caring for Blankets

This time of year our blankets get lots of use.  Now, I’m not talking about the blankets we have on our beds; I’m talking about things like throws and afghans.  My husband is always hot and as a result, Gray and I walk around the house freezing; in fact, I have one wrapped around my shoulders as I write this.  Last month I shared tips on how to dress to stay warm during winter, and one thing I didn’t mention is my love of blankets.  I have blankets and afghans stashed in the living room, my office, our bedroom, and Gray’s room, and because our house is typically like a meat freezer, our blankets are dragged across not always perfectly clean floors usually with Macy either riding on top or using it as a tug-of-war rope.

Bottom line – blankets need to be cleaned too.  Here are some tips to help you care for your blankets.
  • Non-electric blankets – While it is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning blankets, the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t require care labels on blankets.  Many times, however, instructions are provided on a permanent label or a temporary tag.  Most of the time, blankets can be machine washed on a gentle cycle in either cold or warm water and line dried or tumble dried on low.  Most blankets can also be dry cleaned.
  • Wool blankets – Hot water and high drying temperatures can cause wool blankets to shrink.  If the care label suggests machine washing, wash only in cold water on gentle with a mild detergent and line dry.  Some wool blankets may still shrink even if you follow the directions on the care label.   The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute reports that industry standards for shrinkage in blankets allow as much as 6% after 5 washings. 
If you have blankets that need some special attention and you are uncertain where to begin, drop them off at any one of our locations where our super-sized industrial washers and trained staff will clean them and have them ready for you when promised.

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