How to wash and care for wool blankets

Unlike other fabrics, wool requires special attention to maintain its softness and integrity. Here’s a guide on how to wash your cherished wool blankets.
Read the Label

Before you start washing your wool blanket, always read the care label attached. Different wool blends may have specific cleaning instructions, including water temperature and detergent recommendations. if you made the blanket using knitting kits there won’t be a label, but you’ll have more info in the kit itself.

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Spot Clean First

If your blanket has a small stain or spot, try spot-cleaning it with a mild detergent and water before resorting to a full wash. Gently blot the affected area with a clean cloth and let it air dry completely.

Hand Wash or Gentle Cycle

Hand washing is the gentlest method for cleaning wool blankets, including the ones made from knitting kits. Fill a basin or bath with lukewarm water and add a small amount of wool-safe detergent. Submerge the blanket and gently agitate it, avoiding any rough twisting or rubbing. Rinse carefully with cool water and gently squeeze out any excess water without wringing.

Avoid Hot Water and Agitation

Wool is sensitive to heat and agitation, which can cause shrinking and felting. Always use cold or lukewarm water when washing wool blankets, and handle them with care to prevent damage to the fibres.

Air Dry Flat

After washing, flatten the wool blanket on a clean towel to absorb any spare water. Don’t hang it as the heaviness of the water can stretch the fibres. Keep the blanket away from direct sunlight and heat sources to prevent fading and shrinking. Flip the blanket occasionally to ensure even drying.

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By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your wool blankets stay soft, cosy and beautiful for years to come.

Maurice Andrews

Maurice Andrews

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