How to Wash an Electric Blanket
Electric blankets are one of the hottest commodities during the winter, no pun intended. But there are a lot of good reasons for that. Not only can they keep you warm through the coldest snaps of the season, but they’re also a great choice for relieving aches and pains.
But a lot of customers are worried about the process of washing an electric blanket. Considering that these throws are stuffed full of cords and connected by a power source, it’s reasonable to be concerned about a washing mistake resulting in a fire hazard. But if you know what you’re doing, you don’t have to worry about accidental sparks and potentially worse. Below, we’ll fill you in on how you can rinse and wash electric blankets without putting your home and your family at risk.
Getting Your Materials Together
You have two options for washing an electric blanket: by hand or in the machine. And while some readers will probably have some reservations about throwing their blanket in the wash, we promise you it’s safe as long as you follow the proper instructions. That said, washing your electric blanket with cold water isn’t that exhaustive or time consuming, especially if you’re just looking to get some stains out of your electric blanket.
In either case, you don’t need much in the way of materials. A mild detergent is needed in both instances. You’ll also want a way to dry your blanket by hand, since these types of throws aren’t exactly built with dryers in mind. While a gentle wash cycle won’t cause any damage, bringing heat to the equation can lead to sparks flying.
The process for hand washing an electric blanket isn’t that different from most other types of throws, but there are a few specific steps you need to follow, and you need to take a bit more precaution through the entire process. But the steps below will guide you through the process.
- Disconnect the cables. Water and electricity don’t mix, so it makes sense that you don’t want the electrical conductors in your throw to get wet. In most instances, the wiring itself will be shielded by waterproof coating, but when dealing with electric devices, we think the safer the better. Be sure to read the instructions on your throw carefully so you can remove them in the manner intended by the manufacturer.
- Fill a tub with lukewarm water. And when you do so, make sure to think of Goldilocks. Water that’s too hot can short circuit the wires, while water that’s overly cold can potentially freeze the wiring. Instead, you’ll want to wash your blanket with lukewarm water. Finding the right level of water is important too. You want enough to submerge the blanket completely but only just enough.
- Empty your detergent into the water. You’ll want to make sure to use a gentle detergent, as anything too abrasive can cause serious damage when you wash an electric blanket. It’s also important to measure the right amount in the cold water. While some manufacturers may tell you how much to use, many won’t. Work the detergent into the water with your fingers until it’s soapy but not so sudsy as to soak through the blanket and into the internal wiring. You should cycle the laundry detergent through the water before you ever add the blanket.
- Once the laundry detergent has been fully cycled, it’s time to add the blanket. You’ll want to submerge the electric blanket completely, at which point you can leave it to soak. Once it’s fully submerged, just wait. Fifteen minutes should be enough to properly saturate the electric blanket.
- After a 15 minute wait, it’s time to start actively cleaning your blanket. Gently squeeze the blanket out in segments, but don’t be so aggressive as to wring it out. The last thing you want to do is ruin the delicate wiring that powers it.
Dry Electric Bedspread
You should never try to dry your bedspread in the drier because the high heat will ruin the wiring. If you don’t have a dryer with capabilities for low or even air, then you shouldn’t even try putting it in your device. Instead you should completely let it air dry. Or you should lay it on a flat surface to completely let it air dry in no time flat.
It’s only sensible to be worried about throwing your electric blanket in the washing machine, but putting a blanket in the wash isn’t nearly the same as tossing a hair dryer in the bath tub. If you exercise caution and exercise patience, you can thoroughly rinse and clean your blanket with nothing but a washing machine.
- Unplug each and every cord. While it should go without saying that electricity and water don’t mix, you can never exercise too much common when working with electric blankets. Detach any electrical components that can be attached, but don’t worry about the wiring in the interior. As long as it’s not connected to a power source, you shouldn’t have much concern about endangering yourself.
- Apply the detergent and set your heat settings. As with hand washing, you’ll want to use delicate detergent and set the device itself to lukewarm water. If the dial doesn’t allow you to manually set the heat level, don’t just guess. Be sure to check out the manufacturer’s guide. Sometimes the heat settings are part and parcel with a designated preset or are otherwise labeled. If your washing machine doesn’t offer heating settings, you may want to opt for a hand wash instead.
- Set it to a delicate cycle. The one thing to keep in mind when handling an electric blanket is care. You’ll want to always wash an electric blanket on the delicates cycle. Make sure to wait until the washer has completely filled up before introducing your blanket and turning it to the gentle cycle.
- If you want to wash an electric blanket and not cause it potential harm, you don’t want to leave it in too long. Two minutes on the delicate wash cycle should be enough. It will fully soak through electric blankets but not saturate it so badly as to harm the internal components.
- Now it’s time to remove the suds. After two minutes have passed, you can place the blanket in the rinse cycle and spin cycle. You only need to do this for a few minutes. You can’t completely dry your blanket with machinery, but a few minutes in the rinse and spin cycle of your washing machine will ensure that your blanket is free of suds in addition to being clean.
Drying Your Electric Blanket
Now that you know how to wash an electric blanket, you can consider how to dry it. While you should never dry your blanket completely in the machine, you can give it a bit of a head start. 15 minutes is about the right period of time. Any more minutes will potentially fry the internal components, but you can get a blanket decently dried for a quarter hour.
From there, it’s just a waiting game as you wait for your blanket to air dry. We suggest using a clothing line for drying it outdoors if possible. If not, make sure to place your blanket on a flat surface with plenty of light and flowing air so that it will dry evenly at a decent pace. You don’t want to plug your blanket back in until it’s fully dried, or you might end up causing it some damage.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens if an electric blanket gets wet?
While it’s inevitable that your throw gets wet sometimes it won’t completely damage your device. Instead there are wires that come equipped with waterproof technologies that help prevent moisture from destroying the components of your throw. You can soak your throw completely in water mixed with lukewarm detergent and completely a cycle.
How do you clean urine out of an electric blanket?
There are many different ways for how you can clean urine out of any throw. While it is a bit of a headache to remove urine or pet stains, it is possible for them to be completely removed. Use things called enzymes especially if you have a pet because it removes the oder properties that keep your blanket smelling bad.
How do you wash a Biddeford heated blanket?
Biddleford is one of the best electric blanket manufacturers around. But just because they’re the best doesn’t mean they’re all that different from any other models on the market. The same guide for how to wash an electric blanket above can be applied when you get a Biddleford.
Electric blankets are one of the most comforting things you can have in your home, and they’re one of the best ways to stay warm regardless of how cold it gets. But you don’t have to worry about the process of washing it. Exercise some patience and pay attention to the specifics, and your electric blanket can last you for many winters to come.