If you have a blanket made of faux fur, which your pet frequently sleeps on, it’s probably filled with saliva and stains. When your dog or cat licks its coat, the saliva can cause discoloration. Don’t worry! Washing the blanket regularly will help get rid of any staining. If you want to clean it yourself instead of taking it to a professional cleaner, there are some steps that you should follow for the best results.
Step 1 Use cool water to rinse off your pet’s saliva or dirt from their paws. If possible, use this same water in the wash cycle because it has already been used for rinsing off more hard-to-remove dirt.
Step 2 Use your hands to mix a solution of cool water and pet shampoo (about 1 tablespoon each). Washing the blanket with only warm or hot water will melt the top fibers, causing them to lose their shape. If you do not have any pet shampoo on hand, you can use baby shampoo instead
Step 3 Wash the blanket using gentle mode at 40°C (100°F) with an appropriate amount of laundry detergent for the load size (look for this information on the laundry package). Make sure that you use a cold-water setting since high heat may cause the fur to shrink. Once done, dry at normal temperature or at a lower setting if possible.
Step 4 Remove any stubborn stains using a commercial upholstery cleaner. Do not use warm water because it will cause the fur to get matted down and won’t remove the stain effectively. Instead, apply cool water from a spray bottle or sponge that has been dipped in clean cool water before scrubbing the affected area with a non-detergent soap.
Step 5 Brush out all of the loose hairs once your blanket is completely dry. As you do this, constantly assess whether there are anymore stained areas that need cleaning or if your pet’s saliva has caused any spots to become misshapen over time. If needed, repeat steps 2-4 to restore its original look.
Step 6 Brush all of the mats out of the blanket using a mat splitter. If you do not have one, use a mat comb instead. Make sure to use it on both sides of the fibers so that they become even again after being brushed out.
Step 7 Store your blanket in a dry place so that any wet spots from being used or being washed will not develop mold or mildew. It’s also best to put it someplace where pets won’t be able to reach it because their saliva may discolor the fur again after it is folded back up and left unattended for several days.
How can I make my faux fur blanket soft again?
As you know, faux fur has become a popular alternative to real fur. It’s cruelty free and easy to clean; all you need is a little bit of laundry soap and some warm water. Faux fur can also be used for clothing, throws on the couch, and pillows like the one mentioned in this question.
However, as with any fabric, there comes a time when it needs maintenance. If your faux fur blanket or pillow is starting to seem less cozy than it once did (maybe even scratchy or flat) then follow these steps:
What you will need:
- A large pot of very hot (almost boiling) water
- A spoon 1-2 cups of white vinegar
- A washcloth
- Bath towel
The first thing that you want to do is preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Then, fill a large pot of very hot (almost boiling) water and pour it into the sink. Next, add 1 – 2 cups of white vinegar to the hot water followed by your faux fur item(s). The vinegar will act as a fabric softener and help return the softness to your blanket or pillow.
After adding these items let them soak for about an hour or so. As they sit in the hot water gently massage them with a spoon every once in a while to make sure that they are getting fully saturated with water and vinegar.
Once the hour has passed turn on your oven and let it heat up for about 5 minutes before turning it off again. Then, carefully place each item onto a bath towel; be careful not to burn yourself on the hot metal rack!
Next, roll up the faux fur 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’s nice and tight). Immediately place into the oven that is preheated to 200 degrees for about an hour or so. If your oven does not go up this high then just leave them in for as long as your oven will allow. Remember to periodically check on them to make sure they aren’t catching fire – always be safe when dealing with any kind of heat!
Once time is up unroll the towels and let them cool. Remove each faux fur item and lay it on a flat surface (like the floor or a table) and let air dry. Once they are dry you can store them away until your next use or – if you like – wash them again with laundry soap and water to get rid of any vinegar smell, reshrink them, and make them feel brand new!
Remember: always give your faux furs a quick brush before storing (especially on pillows!) This will help remove any dirt that may have accumulated over time.
Now that your faux furs plushness is restored return happily to snuggling beneath one on the couch; guilt-free knowing that no animal was harmed for this luxury!
How do you freshen faux fur blankets?
Faux fur is a man-made synthetic material that looks like real fur, but it isn’t made of animal hair. The fake furs are prone to getting stale and flat just like other fabric does over time. If you want your faux fur to look fresh and new all the time, you need to clean it regularly.
1) Place your blanket outside in direct sunlight or lay it flat on the floor with plenty of room around it so there’s good airflow. Leave either one out in the sun for about 30 minutes before bringing it back inside
2) Check the blanket carefully for stains and set it out on a table or other flat surface that can get stained if needed. If you need to, place newspapers under the blanket to protect your work area
3) Use a sponge soaked in water and dishwashing liquid soap to gently scrub at any dirt spots on the blanket. Use a toothbrush if you have any trouble rubbing out tough stains or grime. Rinse well with cool water when finished scrubbing, then roll up the wet blanket in a towel and press it firmly against itself to remove excess water before hanging it up to air dry where there’s plenty of airflow so no mildew forms.
4) Remove crumbs from the faux fur by brushing the blanket gently with a natural-bristle broom. Use the broom in long strokes to sweep away any debris, then hand groom your blanket before its next wear
5) Store your faux fur in an airtight container or garment bag when it’s not in use to keep dust and dirt from accumulating on it. If you don’t have either of these, simply hang your faux fur so there’s good airflow around it.