How to care for weighted blankets

How to care for weighted blankets from SensaCalm

SensaCalm weighted blankets come in a variety of different fabric types. Below are the specific washing and drying instructions for each of our fabric types. If you are unsure about any of these instructions please feel free to call or email us (855-736-7222 or info@sensacalm.com).

First Time Wash

  • If blanket has solid red or other bright colors wash on cold with ½ cup of salt to set color.

Cotton Blankets

  • Wash the blanket alone in warm or cold water.
  • Do not use the gentle cycle for heavier blankets in top loading washers.
  • Blankets over 20 lb should be washed and dried in commercial washers and dryers.
  • Tumble dry on low/medium heat or line dry.

Blankets with Cuddle

  • Wash the blanket alone in warm or cold water.
  • Do not use fabric softener on cuddle blankets.
  • Do not use the gentle cycle for heavier blankets in top loading washers.
  • Blankets over 20 lb should be washed and dried in commercial washers and dryers.
  • Tumble dry on low/medium heat or line dry.

Waterproof Blankets

  • Wash the blanket alone in warm or cold water.
  • Do not use the gentle cycle for heavier blankets in top loading washers.
  • Blankets over 20 lb should be washed and dried in commercial washers and dryers.
  • Tumble dry on low heat or line dry.
  • Do not dry waterproof blankets on high.

Satin Duvets

  • Wash the blanket alone in warm or cold water on gentle/delicate cycle or hand wash.
  • Do not use fabric softener on satin blankets.
  • Do not use the gentle cycle for heavier blankets in top loading washers.
  • Line dry

Difficult Stains

If you find yourself dealing with wine, coffee or tea stains on your weighted blanket, fret not, for there are effective ways to remove them. Here are some steps you can take to get rid of those stubborn wine stains:

1. Pre-soak: Begin by pre-treating the stained area of your weighted blanket. Fill a basin or sink with warm water and add a gentle detergent. Let the blanket soak in this solution for about 30 minutes. This soaking process will help loosen the stain.

2. Blotting: After the pre-soak, blot the stained area gently with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it may spread and set deeper into the fabric. Instead, dab at the stain to absorb as much wine as possible.

3. Stain Removal Solution: Create a stain removal solution by combining equal parts cold water and white vinegar. Dampen a clean cloth or sponge with this solution and gently dab at the remaining stain. Continue until the stain begins to lighten.

4. Rinse: Once the stain has lightened, rinse the blanket thoroughly with cold water. It's important to use cold water as hot water can set the stain further.

5. Spot Treatment: For any remaining residue or faded discoloration, you can use a gentle detergent and cold water to spot clean the area. Gently rub the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a cloth in a circular motion. Be sure not to scrub too vigorously to avoid damaging the fabric.

6. Wash: Finally, you can wash the entire weighted blanket according to its care instructions. Use a mild detergent and set the machine to a gentle cycle with cold water. This will further help to remove any lingering stains and odors.

Remember to always check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer for your specific weighted blanket, as different fabrics may require slightly different cleaning methods. By following these steps, you can effectively remove wine stains from your weighted blanket, ensuring it stays clean and fresh for your next cozy night's sleep.

Dealing with wrinkles

Ironing a weighted blanket may seem like a practical way to remove wrinkles or give it a fresh look, but it's generally not recommended. While it may not be a major concern for most people, ironing can potentially damage the filler material inside the blanket, compromising its effectiveness. Furthermore, ironing can also affect the overall structure and integrity of the blanket.

Weighted blankets are designed to provide deep pressure stimulation, and ironing them can affect the distribution and balance of the weight, potentially diminishing their therapeutic benefits. Therefore, unless the specific manufacturer's instructions explicitly state otherwise, it's best to avoid ironing your weighted blanket altogether.

If you notice any stubborn creases or wrinkles in your weighted blanket, there are alternative methods you can try to smooth them out. For example, you could gently shake the blanket or lay it flat to allow gravity to naturally pull the fabric taut. You may also consider using a fabric steamer or hanging the blanket in a well-ventilated area to let any wrinkles naturally relax over time.

Always refer to the care instructions provided by the manufacturer of your weighted blanket, as they will offer the most accurate guidance on how to maintain its longevity and performance. Remember, it's essential to prioritize the care of your weighted blanket to ensure it remains in optimal condition for extended use.

How often should I wash my weighted blanket?

The frequency at which you should wash your weighted blanket depends on your usage. If you only use it sporadically, a few times a week, then washing it less frequently may be sufficient. However, if you sleep with your weighted blanket every single night, it is recommended to wash it as often as you would wash your comforter. Generally, comforters are advised to be washed at least once every few weeks to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Therefore, following a similar pattern for your weighted blanket is advisable.

Moreover, if you frequently spill on your weighted blanket or share it with a pet, it may be necessary to wash it more regularly to remove any stains or odors. By taking into account your particular usage and any additional factors such as spills or pet usage, you can determine the optimal frequency for washing your weighted blanket to keep it clean and fresh.

My weighted blanket just arrived.  Now what?

When you first receive your weighted blanket go ahead and inspect it, try it out, and make sure it is what you ordered. After checking over your blanket you may want to start off by washing it using our washing instructions. We don’t pre-wash the blankets after manufacturing so a quick wash will remove any chalk residue, from marking the fabric for sewing, and any wrinkles that may have formed while shipping.

Get started with a SensaCalm weighted blanket:

SensaCalm weighted blankets are first and foremost blankets! Adults should use them as they would any other blanket. Sleeping and general lounging around after a stressful day under a weighted blanket can be quite therapeutic. As for SensaCalm weighted blankets for children and special needs there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Never use a weighted blanket as a form of punishment!
  • Users must be able to remove their weighted blanket on their own!
  • Small glass beads could be a choking hazard for small children. Stitching is strong, but should still be checked after every washing!

Some children will love their weighted blanket right away, but with some children you can never predict how they will react to it. If your child does not seem interested at first do not insist, simply introduce the blanket again at a later time. Repetition is the key for children that do not take to their weighted blanket right away. Children with autism especially like routine so keep at it until they accept the blanket as part of their regular routine of sleeping, riding in the car, etc. Here’s some good examples of times to use your weighted blanket:

  • When it is bed/nap time.
  • On a car ride.
  • At the doctor or dentist.
  • At school.
  • Any time your child or loved one is upset, anxious, or over stimulated.

SensaCalm weighted blankets are helping people get the rest they need all around the world and we are confident our weighted blankets can help you or a loved one. If you have any further questions about your new weighted blanket and its usage please feel free to call or email us (855-736-7222 or info@sensacalm.com). Thank you so much for your business!