There’s nothing that compares to the cozy softness of a large minky blanket wrapped around you during a movie or when it’s time for bed. The last thing you want is for it to lose its snuggliness in the wash or over time. Learn how to make blankets soft again and how to prevent this problem from happening when you clean them.
Why Do Polyester Blankets Lose Their Softness?
There are a few reasons a polyester blanket, like a minky, might lose some of its softness. For starters, heat can damage the fabric. If you wash or dry your minky blanket, you should always use a cold or no-heat setting. Otherwise, heat can melt the fibers of the material and cause the tips of the yarn-like strands to become hard. Also, surprisingly, fabric softener may actually take away some of the softness.
How to Make Minky Blankets Soft Again
Fortunately, unless they are seriously damaged, you can learn how to make polyester blankets soft again. Wash your blanket with cold water and white vinegar, without laundry detergent. Depending on the damage, this may not work every time, but there’s a high probability that your minky will come out looking and feeling much softer and fluffier than when it went in.
How to Care for Your Minky Blanket
Keeping your minky soft is easier than you think. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before use to ensure you keep your blanket away from potential danger. Then, there are a few rules to follow when caring for your minky blanket that will help you to maintain the fluffy softness:
- Do not use heat when washing or drying.
- Do not use fabric softener.
- Only use a detergent that does not contain any dyes, scents, or other additives.
- Wash on the cold-delicate cycle or hand wash in cold water.
- Hang dry or use a no-heat setting on the dryer.
- If you don’t want to risk using detergent, use ¼ cup baking soda and ⅓ cup white vinegar when washing.
When you put your minky in the dryer, take a couple of tennis balls and put them inside a pair of clean white socks, then add them to the basin. Drying your blanket with the tennis balls will help the blanket to dry more quickly and maintain fluffiness.
These standard cleaning methods work well for polyester blankets that have been loved and cuddled, but if you spill something on your minky, you may need to add a step or two. For starters, gently run cold water over the spot as soon as possible. Do not scrub the fabric—just gently massage it with your fingers, pulling whatever you can out of the fabric, rather than pushing it in.
Why You Should Choose a Minky Blanket
If a minky blanket requires special care, is it still worth getting one? Absolutely! As you can see from the simple rules above, the care required to keep your blankets soft is not difficult. Plus, minky blankets not only start out with superior softness when compared with other blankets, they also remain softer much longer. The polyester fabric used to make these blankets is thicker, plusher, and more durable than fleece, cotton, and many other fabrics.
Minky blankets come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and sizes. Your toddler can cuddle for comfort, your teen can feel glamorous and stylish when lounging, and your super tall husband can use it in bed without his toes sticking out! Plus, you can wrap up in luxury when snuggling kids or when you have a few precious moments of alone time.
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