When you get a super soft blanket, it’s so incredibly soft and warm that you might be tempted to cuddle up with it every single night of the week. That’s understandable! Unfortunately, if you use your blanket too often or if you don’t take care of it properly, you’ll end up with an item that loses its softness over time and looks ragged and old in no time at all. This guide on how to take care of a super soft blanket will help ensure that your blanket lasts you long enough to pass down to your children someday.
Wash it gently with care
If you have ever wanted a blanket that feels like silk or cashmere, you have probably looked into buying a super soft blanket. This item is great for those who need warmth while sleeping but hate how scratchy wool blankets or faux fur blankets can be. But there are some things to keep in mind if you are going to purchase one of these blankets. For example, when it comes time to wash your blanket, make sure that you do so gently with care.
Don’t over-dry it
It’s tempting to run your blankets through multiple cycles—and maybe even toss them in the dryer!—but you should resist that urge. Overdrying can damage fibers and cause a breakdown, which can lead to increased shedding. The easiest way? Machine-wash your blanket on gentle, tumble dry on low heat, and then hang it up or fold it immediately when you’re done so that it doesn’t get too crumpled.
Don’t use fabric softener
It might smell great, but it’s better for your blanket if you don’t use fabric softener. Fabric softener leaves an oily residue that can clog up fibers and cause your blanket to wear out more quickly than normal. Even high-quality blankets can have their longevity reduced by as much as two-thirds if they’re regularly exposed to fabric softener. This can happen even if you are just using it on another item in the same load!
Keep it away from sunlight
Blankets can fade in extreme heat and cause discoloration. If you are going on vacation, either leave your blanket at home or store it in an airtight bag. Use caution not to expose your blanket to direct sunlight for more than a few minutes at a time. When in doubt, test your blanket by hanging it up on your porch for several hours before placing it into storage. If you notice any discoloration, rethink leaving it outside.
Consider buying a protective case
If you want your faux fur blanket to stay in good condition, consider storing it in its protective case or cover. Some blankets come with cases or covers already, but if yours doesn’t—or if you plan on taking your blanket anywhere—buy one that does.
Wool blankets can be very soft and comforting, but they require extra care when washing. Wool fibers are sensitive and delicate, so cold water with wool-specific detergent or soap is best for washing. The above tips will go a long way in helping you take care of your Super Soft Blanket