This question is asked of us frequently. The primary reason for this is that the Minky product that is most commonly purchased is not actually a Minky; rather, it is a low-quality polyester fleece product whose only description includes the word “Minky.” A genuine Minky blanket will typically contain at least 30 percent mink and/or merino wool, and the remaining fiber will typically be cotton or rayon.
This results in a fluffy, lightweight batting that, provided it is cared for appropriately, can last for several years and can be washed in a machine. The ability of a baby blanket made from mink or merino wool to maintain its shape over an extended period of time, in contrast to the behavior of the majority of traditional cotton quilts, is a significant selling point for the product. These blankets are true works of art that have the potential to become cherished heirlooms that can be handed down through the generations.
The late 1950s marked the beginning of commercial production of the man-made fiber known as minky. The texture of real mink fur served as the inspiration for the creation of Minky. Touching it becomes addictive because it is so incredibly plush and soft all over! It can be found in nearly every color imaginable, including some hues that do not occur in nature, and it can also be found in a variety of shades.
It is possible for it to last forever if it is maintained properly (if not longer than you). If it is not properly cared for, it may pill or fade after a few washes. However, given how inexpensive they are in comparison to other high-quality blankets, replacing them won’t break your budget even if they do pill or fade over time.
When compared to cotton, flannel, or fleece products, minky typically has a higher price point. But you get what you pay for, and with a Minky, this means years of use from a high-quality breathable blanket that won’t stretch out over time like other cotton quilted baby blankets tend to do. This is in contrast to the tendency of other cotton quilted baby blankets to do so.
The Easiest Way to Clean a Minky Blanket
It won’t be difficult for you to clean your Minky blanket, but how frequently you should do so will be determined by how frequently you use it. If you use it on a daily basis, you should probably wash it after about three uses; if you don’t use it every day, washing it after five uses should be sufficient. The length of time that can pass between washings of the blanket is directly proportional to how dirty it gets. Before moving on with the instructions on how to do it, you should give this article another read if the blanket ends up getting extremely dirty and has a lot of stains.
Find out how delicate the material of your Minky blanket is before beginning this process. This is the most important thing that needs to be done before beginning this process. Before washing the blanket, all of the patterns—including stripes, polka dots, and anything else that might be there—should be removed. You can remove them by cutting them, or if you buy a new one, the way it comes off should serve as a guide for how to remove the old design.
Do not use regular detergent for this process; rather, look for detergent designed specifically for blankets. Don’t worry; you can find this kind of detergent in most department stores like Walmart and Target. If it does not say on the label that it is appropriate for blankets, then you should not use it because it will cause all of the fibers that make up your blanket to be washed away, which will result in your blanket having holes in it.
The first thing you should do after determining how delicate the material of your blanket is is to prepare the washing machine. If you do not wash your blanket on the cold setting with clean water and without any detergent, then it will get smaller. Also, make sure that the water is cold. After that, place your blanket inside the washer and check to see that it has absorbed all of the water before you close the door.
The next step is to let it agitate for one minute; this should be how long it takes for the water to get all over your blanket. When the minute is up, remove each of your blankets one at a time and wring out as much water as possible from each one.
Now get another clean bucket or just fill an old milk jug with tap water that is lukewarm but not too hot, as this could cause some of the fabric or other materials that are in your blanket to melt. The next step is to carefully place all of the components into the bucket of water, making sure that every part is submerged.
After giving it a minute to settle, you should remove the blankets one at a time and squeeze out as much excess water as you can without compromising the blanket’s ability to retain its plush texture or its ability to shrink after being washed. You should make every effort not to twist it, because doing so could cause holes to appear in your blanket.
Now hang your Minky blankets outside to dry; if you have more than one, they should be able to dry more quickly when they are separated; therefore, make an effort to keep them separate from one another so that the process does not take up too much of your time. It is possible that a minky blanket of high quality will require up to 8 hours to dry completely.
Your laundry is now dry. Remove the items from the dryer and examine their appearance. If you find that some of the items did not turn out very well, you may want to consider rewashing the item while modifying one or two of the steps in the process. This will typically help it become better than it was before; however, if it is still not how you want it to look, try ironing them on low heat with however many blankets you have in each one separately. If this does not help, try ironing them on high heat with as many blankets as you have in each one. The appearance of your Minky blankets should look significantly better as a result of this, but you should avoid using high heat, as this could cause some of the thinner Minky blankets to melt.
You have the option of hanging up however many blankets you washed to dry or using a dryer set to whichever setting of low heat you prefer. Congratulations! The way your Minky blanket turned out should be exactly how good you wanted it to look, if how it looks is as described earlier in this article. If so, how they look was described as follows:
If, on the other hand, after going through this process, they still do not turn out the way you want them to, try washing them with a different detergent or drying them on a higher setting than the low one you normally use. The completion of these steps ought to assist in restoring the normal appearance of your minky.