If you have a blanket made of faux fur and your pet likes to sleep on it, there is a good chance that it is stained with saliva and covered in slobber marks. The saliva that is produced when your dog or cat licks its coat can result in discoloration. Don’t be concerned! In order to remove any stains from the blanket, you should wash it on a regular basis. If you want to save money by not taking it to a professional cleaner, there are some steps that you should follow in order to get the best possible results from your cleaning efforts.
If your pet has dirt or saliva on their paws, you can rinse it off with some cool water. Because it has already been used for rinsing off dirt that is more difficult to remove, it is recommended that you use the same water for the wash cycle if at all possible.
Step 2: Using your hands, combine some cool water with some pet shampoo to make a solution (about one tablespoon of each). If you wash the blanket using only warm or hot water, the top fibers will melt, which will cause the blanket to lose its shape. You can clean your pet with baby shampoo in the event that you do not have any pet shampoo on hand.
Step 3: Wash the blanket using the gentle cycle at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) with an amount of laundry detergent that is appropriate for the load size (look for this information on the laundry package). Be sure to use a setting that uses cold water because using a setting that uses high heat could cause the fur to shrink. When you are finished, dry it at a standard temperature or, if possible, on a lower setting.
Step 4: Use a professional upholstery cleaner to remove any stains that are resistant to cleaning. It is not a good idea to use warm water because it will cause the fur to become matted and it will not effectively remove the stain. Instead, spray the affected area with cool water from a spray bottle or scrub the area with non-detergent soap after applying cool water with a sponge that has been dipped in clean, cool water.
After the blanket has had enough time to thoroughly dry, proceed to Step 5 and brush out all of the stray hairs. While you are doing this, you should continually evaluate whether there are any additional stained areas that need to be cleaned or whether the saliva of your pet has caused any spots to become misshapen over time. To achieve the desired result, carry out steps 2–4 once more, if necessary.
Step 6: Remove any and all mats from the blanket by brushing them away with a mat splitter. Use a mat comb in its place if you do not have access to one. When brushing out the fibers, make sure to use it on both sides of the fibers so that they can return to their even state.
Step 7: Make sure to store your blanket in a dry location so that any damp areas that may have been caused by use or washing won’t become home to mold or mildew. It is also best to put it someplace where pets won’t be able to reach it because their saliva may discolor the fur once again after it has been folded back up and left unattended for several days.
How can I restore the plush texture of my faux fur blanket?
You are probably aware that an increasingly common substitute for real fur is faux fur. It is not tested on animals and is simple to clean; all that is required is a little bit of laundry detergent and some hot water. Clothing, throws for the couch, and pillows similar to the one mentioned in this question are some of the other common applications for faux fur.
On the other hand, just like any other fabric, there will come a time when it will require maintenance. Follow these steps if your faux fur blanket or pillow is starting to feel less cozy than it did when you first got it (maybe even scratchy or flat), as it did when you bought it:
Things that you will require:
A sizable saucepan containing water that is extremely hot (almost boiling)
1-2 cups of white vinegar, one table spoon
A bath towel and a washcloth
The initial step that you need to take is to set the temperature of your oven to 200 degrees. After that, bring a large pot of very hot (almost boiling) water to a boil, and then pour that water into the sink. After that, pour one to two cups of white vinegar into the already-warm water, then put your faux fur item(s) in theree pot of very hot (almost boiling) water to a boil, and then pour that water into the sink. After that, pour one to two cups of white vinegar into the already-warm water, then put your faux fur item(s) in there. Vinegar can be used as a fabric softener, and it can also assist in restoring the plush texture of your blanket or pillow.
After you have added these ingredients, you should let them soak for about an hour. While they are soaking in hot water, give them the back and forth massage treatment with a spoon every so often to ensure that they are completely soaked in water and vinegar.
After an hour has passed, switch on your oven and give it a chance to warm up for approximately five minutes before switching it off once more. After that, place each item carefully onto a bath towel, taking care not to burn yourself on the hot metal rack.
Next, roll the faux fur up in the bath towel like you would with your yoga mat, and then tie it like you would a garbage bag (start at either end and twist until it is nice and tight). This will complete the project. Immediately transfer to an oven that has been preheated to a temperature of 200 degrees for approximately one hour. If your oven does not reach that high a temperature, just leave them in there for the maximum amount of time that your oven will permit. Make sure to check on them at regular intervals to ensure that they are not starting fires, and remember to practice extreme caution whenever you are working with heat of any kind!
When the allotted time has passed, unroll the towels and set them aside to cool. After that, take out each piece of faux fur, lay it out on a level surface (like the floor or a table), and allow it to dry naturally. Once they are dry, you can put them away until the next time you need them, or if you prefer, you can wash them once more with laundry detergent and water to get rid of any vinegar smell, reshrink them, and make them feel as though they are brand new!
Don’t forget to give your fake furs one last quick brush before storing them, especially if you use them on pillows! This will assist in the removal of any dirt that may have built up over the course of time.
Now that the plushiness of your faux furs has been restored, you can go back to happily snuggling underneath one on the couch, knowing that no animals were harmed in order to provide you with this luxury.
How can fake fur blankets be made to look and feel like new ones?
Faux fur is a man-made synthetic material that was designed to mimic the appearance of real fur but is not made of the hair of any animals. As a consequence of this, the faux furs, just like any other type of fabric, have a tendency to become brittle and flat over time. It is imperative that you clean your faux fur on a regular basis if you want it to retain its pristine appearance at all times.
1) To dry your blanket quickly, either place it outside in the sun or lay it flat on the floor with plenty of space around it. This will allow for adequate circulation of air. Before bringing either one back inside, you should first let it sit in the sun for about thirty minutes.
2) Perform a careful inspection of the blanket for any stains and lay it out on a table or another level surface that can accommodate stains if necessary. If you feel it’s necessary, you can protect your workspace by placing newspapers under the blanket.
3) Scrub the blanket gently with a dishwashing sponge that has been soaked in water and dishwashing liquid soap to remove any traces of dirt. If you are having trouble scrubbing stubborn stains or grime away, try using a toothbrush instead. After you are finished scrubbing, give the wet blanket a thorough rinsing in lukewarm water, roll it up in a towel, and press it firmly against itself to remove any excess water. Finally, hang the wet blanket somewhere that has plenty of airflow so that mildew does not form while it is drying.
4) Use a broom with natural bristles to gently brush the blanket to remove any crumbs that have accumulated on the faux fur. Make long strokes with the broom to remove any dirt or dust, and then give your blanket a quick once-over by hand before using it again.
5) When not in use, store your faux fur in an airtight container or garment bag to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating on it. This will keep the faux fur looking its best. In the event that you do not possess either of these things, you can simply hang your faux fur so that there is adequate airflow all around it.