How to Care for a Wool Blanket
Your new wool blanket will be warm and cozy and you want it to stay that way for as long as possible. So, while there are a lot of misconceptions about how to clean and care for a wool blanket, it’s essential to know the top tricks if you plan to keep it around for a while. This way you won’t need to replace your favorite blanket—maybe ever!
So, what’s the best way to care for a wool blanket? Remember, wool is a natural material. That means it may take a little more attention than synthetic materials that are made to be washed and dried over and over again. But trust us, the extra precautions will be well worth it when you can use your blanket just about anywhere. Here are the top tips for keeping your new blanket in excellent condition for years to come.
First Step: Shake It
Wool blankets don’t necessitate much cleaning, but if you’ve used it a handful of times and it’s looking a little rough, you should first try shaking it out outside. Since wool doesn’t need to be washed frequently, it’s important to avoid doing so as much as possible to ensure it keeps its same comfortable properties. Bring your blanket outside and give it a few good shakes to try and get rid of any loose debris. Then, if you have a railing or clothesline to hang it from, let it rest there for a few hours to let any remaining dirt fall off. Avoid setting it in direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Pro tip: You can also lightly comb your blanket with a soft-bristled brush in places it needs more attention. Be sure not to put too much pressure on it or it could cause it to lose its natural texture.
Second Step: Spot Treat It
If you’ve happened to spill something on your blanket—let’s hope it’s not red wine—then you’ll need to clean up any visible spots. It’s best to opt for a more natural cleaning solution to ensure it doesn’t damage the wool. Vinegar usually resolves most stains when applied quickly. If that doesn’t do the trick, try a bit of cold water and just a touch of laundry detergent.
Pro tip: Avoid scrubbing or agitating your blanket. Rather, let the solution sit and then soak the spot or blanket entirely to remove any remaining residue.
Third Step: Store it Properly
A wool blanket is best kept in a cool, dark place. This makes it an excellent item to keep in the trunk of your car or in your basement with other essential supplies. As previously stated, too much sunlight can fade a wool blanket so you should limit its sun exposure. That doesn’t mean you should be afraid to take it to your next picnic—just be aware of how often you do so. Storing your blanket the right way is a more important contribution to its life cycle than many realize. So be sure not to neglect this essential step.
Pro tip: For long-term storage, place your blanket in a tightly sealed container or bin to ensure it’s properly stowed away.