As a parent, one of the primary responsibilities is to keep children safe, healthy, and comfortable. And one way to ensure the child’s comfort is by taking care of their blanket. A child’s blanket is more than just a piece of fabric to keep them warm; it’s their comfort and security. It’s important to take care of that blanket to ensure its longevity.
Read the care label
The first and foremost step to take when caring for the child’s blanket is to read the care label. The care label will provide important information on how to care for the blanket, including washing instructions, drying instructions, and any other special care steps. Following the care label’s instructions will help prevent damage to the blanket, and it will ensure that it lasts longer.
Wash the blanket regularly
Washing your child’s blanket regularly is essential to keep it clean and hygienic. It’s recommended to wash the blanket once a week, especially if your child uses it every day. Use a mild detergent and avoid using bleach or fabric softener, as these can damage the fabric and reduce its quality. If the child has sensitive skin, use a hypoallergenic detergent. This is where having a washer that has extra rinse options can be helpful to ensure all detergent is removed.
Dry the blanket with care
After washing the blanket, drying it is just as crucial. Avoid drying it under direct sunlight, as this can fade the color and weaken the fabric. Instead, dry the blanket in the dryer on low heat or air-dry it outside in a shaded area. If using a dryer, add a couple of clean tennis or dryer balls to the dryer to help fluff up the blanket .If you have pets in the house, you may want to consider a 10-minute, no-heat dry cycle (or run a Pet Plus™ pet hair removal cycle on Speed Queen models) first to remove any pet hair before washing.
Store the blanket properly
Storing the blanket properly is also essential to maintain its quality. When not in use, fold the blanket neatly and store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing the blanket in damp areas, as this can lead to mold and mildew growth. Also, keep the blanket away from direct sunlight, as this can fade the color.
Repair any damage
If there’s any damage to the blanket, such as a small tear or a loose thread, it’s best to repair it immediately. Ignoring small damages can lead to more significant problems and reduce the blanket’s quality. Either sew the tear or take it to a professional tailor for repair.
Caring for a child’s blanket is important to ensure its longevity, maintain its quality, and keep a child comfortable. Staying on top of how to care for their favorite blanket will guarantee the child’s comfort piece stays intact and ready to use.