Instead of detergent, especially in the case of delicate items, opt for baking soda. Before placing the duvet in the basket, fold it well so as to avoid the dispersion of the feathers of the filling
HOW TO WASH WOOL BLANKETS
Wool is as comfortable as it is delicate. It is the only fiber capable of absorbing water vapor up to a third of its weight without giving the sensation of wetness, protecting us from the pain caused by humidity. It has a natural resistance to dirt and does not require frequent cleaning. Thanks to the natural oils present inside, it repels dirt that settles on the surface.
WASHING WOOL BLANKETS: HOW TO PROCEED
However, when we have to wash wool blankets, if we do not pay attention to the washing adopted, we risk doing damage. The various types of wool, for example, cannot be washed in the same way. To avoid felting the wool, ruining our blankets, we need to know how to wash them without wasting time and energy.
HOW TO WASH WOOL BLANKETS IN A WASHING MACHINE
Before loading the blanket in the washing machine, we must pay attention to the type of fabric and the washing we use. Here’s how to wash wool blankets in the washing machine correctly :
Read the label. To know the composition of the fabric and set the right washing temperature, we must always read the label on the blanket.
Wash at a low temperature. Blankets, like other woolen items, should always be washed at a temperature not exceeding 30 degrees. Too cold water risks damaging the wool, ruining the blanket.
Pay attention to the detergent. If we want to avoid the formation of the so-called “balls” of wool, we must choose a liquid detergent for delicate garments. An aggressive fabric softener, for example, can alter the texture of the fabric.
Avoid spinning. Unlike other fabrics, spinning can damage wool. The movement and the turning contribute to shrinking and felt it. To avoid risks, we set the washing program for wool and delicate items.
Dry naturally. After washing, woolen blankets should be dried naturally, preferably in the shade, without using the dryer. The effect of heat can shrink the wool, deforming the blanket.
HOW TO WASH WOOL BLANKETS BY HAND
Hand washing wool blankets, compared to washing in the washing machine, is more tiring but involves fewer risks. To wash your blanket while maintaining its natural softness and elasticity we must:
Soak in warm water. If we have a bathtub, we can soak the wool blanket in 6 inches of warm water or at room temperature. Cold or hot water, in fact, can damage the wool and frustrate our efforts
Rub the individual stains. To remove the halos or stains on the blanket, we must clean them individually. In order not to alter the colors, we can clean the fabric by pouring a cup of vinegar into the washing water.
Leave to soak. After scrubbing the stains, we leave the blanket in the water for a few hours. For stubborn stains, we soak the blanket overnight.
Rinse thoroughly. After the soaking time has elapsed, we rinse the wool blanket with plenty of water until it is clean.
Dry outdoors. Even in hand washing, we do not have to use the dryer. Then, we spread the wool blanket, possibly in the shade, without pulling it too much so as not to deform it.
HOW TO WASH THE Duvets
Before folding your duvet and storing it in the closet, you need to pay special attention to washing it. If it is a single or one-and-a-half duvet, we can wash it in a washing machine with a load of up to 5 kilos. In the case of double duvets, however, they must be washed in a washing machine with a load of up to 7 kilos. So, if we don’t want to take it to the laundry, we must at least know the capacity of your washing machine, otherwise, you risk the detachment of the drum.
Beginners may feel discouraged by the volume and heaviness of the duvet. In fact, good results can be achieved by following five steps.
Fold the duvet. Before placing it in the basket, it must be folded correctly to prevent it from creasing and not losing the feathers of the padding.
Pay attention to the program. In order not to frustrate our efforts, we choose a delicate washing program with cold water. In this way, we will avoid damaging the duvet and the washing machine.
Use baking soda. It is a natural alternative to detergent for delicate clothes and also costs less. Furthermore, having it at home is always useful, for its multiple uses.
Beat it and spread it out. Once extracted from the washing machine, we must beat the duvet and spread it horizontally on the clothesline, remembering not to expose it directly to the sun.
Leave it in the air. The duvet absorbs a lot of water, especially inside. To make it evaporate, we must leave it for at least 2 or 3 days in the open air.