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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

Posted By: Layla

You’re going to want to live in your weighted blanket. That’s all there is to it. Prepare to be sitting in an afternoon meeting, staring at a corporate slideshow, and daydreaming about getting home to your hefty blanket.

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

All that time you spend with your new blanket means it won’t stay clean forever. We’re not judging you for leaving crumbs behind, we’re just saying.

Learning how to wash a weighted blanket is an important part of owning one. Let’s talk about it.

The Long and Short of it (TL;DR)

If you’re looking for a quick answer, we’ll break down how to wash the Layla weighted blanket right now. Even though our blanket has a different fabric on each side and is filled with 100% glass beads, it’s simple to care for. The basic instructions for washing a Layla weighted blanket are:

Wash on gentle in warm or cold water, do not bleach, tumble dry on low.

Can I Machine Wash Every Layla Weighted Blanket?

Yes, your weighted blanket can go in a washing machine. You may want to go to the laundromat if you don’t have a large front-loading washer, though. For blankets over 10 pounds, a commercial washer may be able to handle the job better than your at-home washer.

Enough about Layla for now. We know we’re not the only weighted blanket in the game, and we want to help you out no matter whose blanket you’re sleeping under.

Figuring out how to wash a weighted blanket is different based on the materials that were used in making it (and the filler can also play a role).

Here are some basic weighted blanket washing instructions, as informed by the type of materials used:

Cotton Blankets

Cotton weighted blankets are the easiest to wash. A cotton T-shirt is easy to wash, similarly, your cotton blanket can withstand quite a few washes before it starts to show any wear and tear. To wash a cotton weighted blanket, stick with cold and warm water during the wash cycle.

You may also want to throw in a cup of salt or vinegar on the first wash to lock in the colors and avoid dye bleeding. Most cotton blankets should be washed in small loads or by themselves to avoid any extra agitation to the fabric.

Minky Fur Blankets

Despite how soft and luxurious they are, washing a weighted blanket made of minky material is quite easy. They’re more low maintenance than they appear. Just wash them on a cold or warm gentle cycle, use non-chlorine bleach, and be gentle with your scrubbing for stain removal.

Minky fur blankets are best washed alone, where they won’t experience friction with other articles during the wash cycle.

Fleece Blankets

If you love fleece PJs, we understand why you’d be drawn to a fleece blanket. Learning how to wash a weighted blanket with a fleece cover is as easy as deciding to sleep in on Saturday morning. Fleece can handle a warm-water wash and low-heat dry. It’s also one of the few anxiety blankets that can tolerate fabric softener in the dryer.

Linen Blend Blankets

Some weighted blankets are made of linen blends. If you have a linen-rayon blend, you may want to stick to dry cleaning. Other linen blends can be washed on a cold cycle and handle diluted bleaches (or oxygen bleach) for stain removal.

Drying Tips for Your Weighted Blanket

After washing your weighted blanket, what’s the situation with drying it? Some weighted blankets are filled with metallic pellets, some use plastic beads, and others (like the Layla Weighted Blanket) are full of glass beads.

You have a few options in most cases. Let’s dig into them.

1. Machine dry on low heat. Most weighted blankets call for this type of drying. The low heat on a gentle tumble setting allows for even drying and it’s safe for most blanket fillers. You don’t want to use high heat, because it could interfere with the integrity of the weighted beads.

When you use a regular dryer to dry your weighted blanket, make sure it has enough room to get good circulation. In other words, dry your weighted blanket by itself or head to the laundromat for a commercial dryer.

2. Air dry. You can also air dry your weighted blanket. This method ensures that the filler won’t melt, and it can provide the most even drying. If your weighted blanket has any type of metal beads, chains, or other filler, air drying is the safest way to go.

Air drying also reduces peeling on certain fabrics, including fleece. Follow a few tips if you plan to do this, though. If you hang your blanket up by one side, all of the filler may fall down to the bottom. Instead, lay the blanket flat or hang it evenly for equal weight distribution (clip it from all corners).

3. Dry cleaning. Some materials are good candidates for dry cleaning, but most weighted blankets are better washed at home. If your weighted blanket is made of wool, rayon, or linen, you can explore dry cleaning.

To Iron or Not to Iron

You’re probably not too worried about ironing out your new blanket (you’re not exactly wearing it to prom), but just in case you were, it’s not a great idea.

Ironing a weighted blanket can harm the filler. Also, it just doesn’t do the body of your blanket any good. Avoid ironing your weighted blanket unless the manufacturer specifically gives you the thumbs up. The Layla Weighted Blanket should not be ironed (not even on low heat).

So You Spilled Some Wine

Stains happen. Soda, tea, coffee, wine, any drink. If you sleep beneath your weighted blanket every night, it’s bound to need some spot cleaning.

If you have a washable weighted blanket, you have a few options for getting tough stains out. Let’s discuss, shall we?

  • Pre-soak. Most fabrics used to create weighted blankets can benefit from pre-treating for stains. If you have a large stain, you can soak your blanket in gentle detergent and warm water for about 45 minutes to loosen the stain. The Layla weighted blanket is made of cotton and polyester, so it’s okay to pre-soak for at least 30 minutes prior to running it through a regular wash cycle.
  • Bleach. Some forms of bleach are okay for darks. For more unhygienic stains (or red wine), go with a non-chlorine bleach to ensure the blanket comes out of the wash clean as a whistle. If you’re not sure what we mean, look for a bleach that says it’s safe for colors.
  • Spot cleaning. If you just have a small stain, you may not need to go for the full pre-soak treatment. Sometimes a quick spot cleaning is all you need. With a gentle detergent and cold water, use a soft bristle toothbrush or a soft rag to rub the stain out using a circular motion. This might be all you need to loosen the stain before running it through a regular wash! Don’t give yourself carpal tunnel: scrubbing for a couple of minutes is good enough.

Let’s Talk About the Layla Weighted Blanket

While there are weighted blanket pros and cons, you won’t have to worry too much about how to wash a weighted blanket when you go Layla. We always make things easy on you.

As we mentioned above, the instructions for cleaning a Layla Weighted Blanket are very clear and simple. Just to recap:

  • Wash on cold gentle (maximum temp of 85F)
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not iron
  • Tumble dry on low

That’s it! Wash your Layla Weighted Blanket as often as you’d like so it always smells so fresh and so clean when you crawl into bed. Did we mention the Layla Weighted Blanket has one soft, cotton side and another plush, minky side? Take your pick! The 100% glass beads are quiet as a mouse, too, so you won’t wake your partner up every time you roll over.

Once you’ve fallen in love with our blanket, why not try the rest of the Layla Sleep system? From our two-sided copper mattress to our memory foam topper and soft bamboo sheets, we have everything you need to earn a good night’s sleep. And when you sleep better, you live better.