How To Care For Your Handmade Blankets
Holding fond memories of movie nights with the family or simply reminding you of a loved one, a good handmade blanket can be of sentimental value and a prized possession passed down for generations to come. However, that is only possible with proper care. When it comes to caring for your handmade blankets, it is important to treat them gently. Below are instructions on how to wash your handmade blanket as well as other tips to increase its longevity.
How to Wash Your Handmade Blanket
With a bucket or washbasin big enough for your blanket, fill it with cold water and add the mild detergent. Mix the solution well to ensure that the detergent is evenly distributed. Gently soak your blanket in the bucket and swish it around the solution, being careful not to scrub or wring it. Soak the blanket for up to 30 mins. Afterward, rinse the blanket by draining the soapy liquid from the washbasin and run the blanket under cold water until the water is no longer soapy.
Gently squeeze the excess water out of your blanket and once it is no longer dripping, transfer it onto dry towels and roll the blanket up in the towels, firmly pressing it to absorb the water. Then, spread some plastic over the floor and place dry towels on top of it. Stretch the blanket out flat over the surface to dry. Remember to flip the blanket over from time to time to allow it to dry evenly and replace the towels every few hours. Finally, reshape the blanket if needed and allow it to dry for 24 to 48 hours.
How to Clean Your Handmade Blanket without Washing
Washing your blanket can be a time-consuming event. Therefore, you cannot be expected to go through the entire washing process every time the blanket is mildly soiled. Save the washing for when you have a couple of hours on your hand and clean your blankets by spot treating them where possible. Simply dampen the stained area and pre-treat it with some liquid detergent. Let it set for a few minutes and use a wet cloth to blot off the stain. Let the area dry and your blanket will be as good as new!
How to Store Your Handmade Blanket
If your handmade blankets are not in use, it is ideal to store them in a shady, cool place. Avoid storing them in attics and basements as the temperatures tend to fluctuate and the humidity is not ideal. Fold and stow them in storage bins or breathable cotton bags. Alternatively, you can store them upright by rolling them into little cylinders and placing them upright next to your bed or couch if you are planning to use them frequently. This ensures that you can spot them easily without going through the hassle of pulling them from a pile, which can result in wear and tear.
Handle Your Handmade Blanket Gently
This goes without saying but to prolong the lifespan of your handmade blankets, you must handle them gently. Sometimes in a rush, we might simply tuck them away haphazardly in the back of a closet and this can damage your blanket more than you would imagine.
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