Caring for Wool Blankets
Caring for wool Blankets
Depending where you are in Australia, winter is almost over, and a new season is upon us. Spring is a perfect time to take the wool blankets off the bed and give them a good clean before they get stored away for the warmer months .The best thing about wool blankets is that they are durable and quite easy to care for meaning you don’t need to wash them very often. When caring for you wool blankets at the Manchester Factory we suggest that you follow the recommended care instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Below are some simple tips in which you can follow for airing, washing, drying, and storing which ensure that your wool blankets last longer.
- Air Wool Blankets Outside
Mid-Season on a beautiful sunny is a great time to give air ventilation to your wool blanket which is often the best way to freshen them up. Take the blanket outside and give it a good shake before hanging the wool blanket on the clothesline or in area where there is good airflow. This will also kill any dust mites and loosen any dirt from the blanket.
- Clean Liquid Stains
Wool is a naturally stain and water repellent and it takes seconds for water to start to soak through a wool blanket. When removing stains from a wool blanket, use warm water and mild detergent to spot clean as soon as possible. Avoid scrubbing the wool fabric as this may comprise the integrity of wool. However, it is recommended, soak the stained area with warm water and detergent and blot with a soft cloth. A tip that a customer told me was to spot clean stains using soda water or a bit of vinegar and water to blot the stain clean.
- Wash Heavily Stained and Soiled Wool Blankets
This is where you want to make sure that you are following the care instructions that are provided by the manufacturer as each blanket may be a little different. We have seen wool blankets that are machine washable and dry clean only. If the label says the blanket can be machine washed it is quite simple but its so important that they are followed. A gentle wool wash cycle on the machine and use cold water and it is highly recommended that you a wool wash detergent is used when washing your wool blanket.
- How to dry a wool blanket
This can be a little tricky especially if you have a small space or live in an apartment. It is best to dry wool blanket by hanging them flat over a clothesline outside, if you have a clothesline this would obviously be the best way to hang a wool blanket but it is also important that wool blankets are hung out of direct sunlight and this is to avoid fading and causing the wool to dry to quickly ,which may result in a coarseness of the fabric. It is highly recommended that wool blankets are not put in the dryer as it can destroy the softness and shape of the wool. Drying wool blankets may take all day due to how thick they are my biggest tip is to wash them early in the morning and give them all day and sometime it may even take longer to dry.
- Storing Wool Blankets outside winter
Living in Australia we all know that wool blankets aren’t needed on the bed all year round, as it's just too hot. So, our wool blankets end up in storage for about 9 months of the years. Year ago moth balls were used when storing wool blankets but as well all may remember that smells that stayed on the blanket and throughout the room. The simplest ways to store your wool blanket is to store them is an air-tight container or a storage bag like a vacuum sealed bag which a fantastic for space saving. It is also important that wool blankets are stored away from any pests.
- Jess Goode