Sherpa blankets are incredibly popular these days, but their popularity often comes with the questions of ‘How do you wash a sherpa blanket?‘ and ‘Is it OK to wash my sherpa blanket in the washing machine?’
The answer is yes! Here at Zazzy Home, our team of experts has washed hundreds of our own products many times over. We’ve done some research on this topic as well and found that there is a fairly common misconception that you should not wash a sherpa blanket. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Read on for some helpful hints on washing your newly purchased or beloved old sherpa blankets.
How to Wash a Sherpa Blanket
The first thing that you’ll want to do when deciding to clean a sherpa blanket is find a washing machine. Machine washable in cold water with gentle cycle, tumble dry low heat. That’s it! After this initial process, your blanket will be ready to be used again and will feel as soft and fluffy as when you first got it. Another tip – add some white vinegar during the wash cycle for an extra cleaning boost! This also helps eliminate odors from inside the washer itself.
Simple steps for how to wash a sherpa blanket:
1- Use machine wash in cold water
2- Use gentle cycle
3- Hang or tumble dry on low heat
Keep in mind that not all sherpa blankets are created equal, and while some will last through many washes on a gentle cycle, others might not hold up as well. It’s a good idea to read the care instructions before you actually wash your blanket. Depending on how often you use it, you might also need to refresh its softness with a bit of fabric softener from time to time.
If you’ve purchased a brand new blanket and are wondering about washing instructions, check the care label on the packaging it came in! All of our own Zazzy Home sherpa throws come with this handy tag attached.
Finally, give your freshly cleaned blanket some time to air dry before using it again – this is especially important if you use high heat tumble drying or if your washer uses hot water during the final rinse cycle. This precaution will prevent shrinkage once your blanket has dried completely.
The most common mistake people make when trying to wash their Sherpablanket is by using bleach.
Do not use bleach to clean your Sherpa blanket! Bleach will cause the fibers in your blanket to break down and will result in a loss of softness, fluffiness, and warmth. This can be harmful over time and lead to a reduction in the quality of the product you purchased.
How do you wash a sherpa blanket and keep it soft?
Sherpa is a type of fabric that has the appearance of a knit on one side and a pile on the other. It is very common in fleece throws, pillows, stuffed animals and some outerwear. The name ‘sherpa’ originates from mountaineering clothing used by sherpas – native people from Nepal who assist climbers on high mountains such as Mount Everest.
The main difference between washing a sherpa blanket versus other blankets is to not use liquid fabric softener during the wash process as it can clog up the fibers causing them not to felt or stick together properly. This will leave your sherpa blanket less dense and plush feeling reducing its ability to be as warm as it would have been if washed correctly.
As with other blankets, to keep your sherpa blanket as soft as possible you should wash it on the gentle cycle and cold water. To prevent excessive linting of the fabric in the washer, we suggest that you first soak your sherpa blanket for at least an hour in a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 gallons of hot water. Rinse well and then proceed with regular wash instructions below:
Use any laundry detergent without bleach or fabric softener, but use half the amount of normal. For example; if you normally use 2 tablespoons per load, use 1 tablespoon instead. If using liquid detergent pour directly onto the center of the drum of your machine before adding your blanket (this will avoid excessive suds), also add 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to the drum before starting.
If your blanket is severely soiled, add one more tablespoon of washing detergent and run through an extra rinse cycle (no less than 3 total). If you choose to dry your sherpa blanket in a machine, make sure it spins out as much water as possible and then either air fluff or lay flat/hang-dry.
To keep your sherpa blanket looking its best we suggest that you wash it no more than once every couple of months and only when really needed. When it does come time for a wash we suggest following these steps:
1) Pre-soak with 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 gallons hot water; rinse well and then proceed with regular wash instructions above.
2) Add 1 tablespoon of washing detergent and run through an extra rinse cycle (no less than 3 total).
3) Air fluff or lay flat/hang-dry.
Please note: each sherpa blanket is different, so some may require more frequent washes as dirt and stains can get trapped in the fabric. If you do need to wash your blanket often simply follow steps 1-3 without adding extra detergent, this will make sure that it stays plush and well looked after. As always, if you are unsure about how to look after your fabrics properly please consult a care tag for further instruction on the item’s label before proceeding with any cleaning method.