Wool blankets are a wonderful investments that will last for years providing warmth and comfort on chilly nights when cared for properly. Long before modern washing machine, wool blankets could only be hand-washed. However, as most washing machines now have a cold water and delicate cycle option, it’s no longer necessary to only wash them by hand. Though we still always recommend dry cleaning our wool blankets, these are the steps that can be taken if you decide to wash your blanket at home.
Washing wool blankets
Though wool blankets are delicate, it is possible to machine wash them using a gentle wash cycle. Firstly give the blanket a good shake to get rid of any excess ‘bits and pieces’ and the place t in the washing machine. Add a small amount of mild liquid detergent specifically made for wool items to the machine’s drawer. The washing machine should be set to wash and rinse with cold water, with the spin cycle set to gentle or delicate.
Drying your wool blankets
During the drying process, you must make sure that your woollen blanket does not lose its shape and therefore we recommend laying it out flat on a clothes horse to air dry. Hanging them outside on a clothesline is the optimum way to ensure they dry quickly, but be mindful of drying your blanket in direct strong sunlight, as this could result in the colours fading. We advise not to machine drying wool blankets, as this may cause the fibres to be damaged, diminishing the softness of the blanket and causing it to lose its shape.
Brushing your wool blankets
Brushing your wool blanket will help remove excess dirt as well as ensure all of the wool fibres are lying in the same direction - strengthening the blanket and increasing its softness. To brush the blanket, lay it on the floor or a large table and with a soft bristle brush, brush down the longer axis of it with long sweeping motions.
Storing your wool blanketsIf possible, you should store your wool blankets in a cool, dark place and try not leave them out when they’re not in use, as heat and direct light will cause the colours to fade. When you take wool blankets out of storage, you can put them in the dryer on the cool air setting for two minutes to soften the fabric before use.