Nothing beats the warmth you get from an electric blanket on a cold winter night. Just like all other bedding, your electric blanket is bound to get dirty at one point. If you are not sure whether you should wash your blanket or not, you need to relax. Washing an electric blanket is possible and requires very simple steps.
However, you cannot dry-clean the blanket since it can damage the heating elements. So how do you clean your electric blanket?
One way you can clean your electric blanket is by hand wash. Here is how to go about it to ensure you have removed all debris and dust.
Disconnect all cables from the power source
Before you begin any washing, you have to disconnect all the cables and the power cords. Most of the electric blankets have waterproof internal wiring. It’s a crucial step that will ensure your blanket does not get damaged. It also prevents chances of an electrical surge when you put the blanket in water.
Fill a tub with lukewarm water
You must use lukewarm water to clean your blanket. Cold water will damage the internal wiring by freezing them. Hot water, on the other hand, can fry the internal wiring and power cord outlets. Use enough water for the submersion of the blanket. Make sure the tub you choose has ample room to allow for movement.
Pour the right amount of laundry detergent
The amount of detergent you use is just as important when washing your blanket. Using less detergent means the blanket will not be cleaned. If you put too much detergent, you risk suds soaking into your blanket and causing damage to the internal components. Make sure you use a mild detergent that will keep the blanket’s quality.
Cycle the laundry detergent
Don’t put the electric blanket in the same time you add the detergent. Cycle through the detergent until you have a sudsy foam.
Put your Blanket in water
Once you have spread the detergent in water, the next step is adding your blanket. Make sure you submerge it completely. Soak the blanket in the detergent for about 15 minutes.
Wash your Blanket
Squeeze your blanket gently to remove the dust and debris. Never wring your blanket as it can cause damage to the wires. Once you are done, rinse it in lukewarm water and squeeze gently to remove excess water.
Dry the Blanket
Do not put the electric blanket in the dryer. High heat will damage the internal cords and power outlets. In case your dryer has the option to turn it low and partially dry the blanket. A movement that is too intense will damage the cords. Dry your blankets on a flat surface or clothesline all day. Spread the blanket evenly to bring it to the original shape.
Technological advancements have made it possible to wash your blanket in the washing machine. You only have to use a degree of caution. The washing machine you are using must have adjustable cycles.
Disconnect all the cables
It’s important to remove all power cables. Modern blankets have internal wiring that is waterproof so only remove the cords you can see.
Set the washer to lukewarm and add the laundry detergent
Just like in hand washing, you have to use lukewarm water to avoid causing damage to the electric blanket. Use a gentle laundry detergent that does not contain harsh cleaners. Make sure the washer is filled up with water and an appropriate detergent amount to give your blanket the sudsy cleaning it needs.
Set your washer gentle cycle
You must use gentle washing for cleaning your blanket in a washing machine. With a normal cycle, there are increased chances of a fire hazard since the wiring can spark when the electric blanket is plugged in.
Turn off wash cycle after two minutes
Make sure you stop the cycle after two minutes. Two minutes is enough time for the blanket to be spotless without causing any damage.
Rinse and spin cycle
Once you stop the washer, allow it to continue to the rinse and spin cycles. The option removes suds from your blanket and spins excess water.
Dry the Blanket
You should avoid putting the electric blanket in the dryer. The high heat can damage the internal cords. The best way you can dry your blanket is on a flat surface or clothesline. Allow the blanket to dry for one hour before flipping if using a flat surface.
Now you not only know that you clean your electric blanket but how to go about cleaning it, don’t hesitate to wash your blanket. Damaged wiring can cause problems in your home and be a fire hazard. You can avoid that from happening by getting in touch with professionals from Wiring Pros LLC. To get a free quote today, contact us.