How to wash fleece: and keep throws and blankets sanitary
Knowing how to properly wash fleece means the wonderfully soft feel that makes it so desirable for throws, blankets and more will last.
Fleece items may only reappear from closets in the colder months, but it’s important that they stay cool and clean while in use, and when stored as well.
Make sure laundry room ideas include storage space for products needed to keep the fleece pristine as well as tactile. As for how to wash the fleece, here are the answers.
How to wash fleece
There are two types of fleece material: natural fleece and synthetic fleece.
If you prefer a luxurious look, natural fleece is worth investing in. Made from a blend of real wool and cotton, it’s incredibly soft and tactile.
Synthetic fleece, which is made from a blend of fibers such as polyester, has a very similar texture, but is cost effective and therefore more widely available.
Due to its synthetic fibers, synthetic fleece can create static cling, attracting pet hair and allergens.
Always pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions on the label for how to wash fleece of both types with good results.
How to wash fleece items in the washing machine
Generally, it’s okay to wash fleece in the washing machine but, as mentioned, check the label for any specific instructions.
Before placing it in the washing machine, gently roll up a fleece blanket to catch larger pieces of lint or debris; this will help keep your device fiber free.
A spokesperson for Proctor & Gamble, the company behind cleaning brands such as Lenor and Febreze, urges care when washing. “Be sure to wash your fleece on a cold delicate cycle and, remember, sometimes dyes require special handling and care.”
Sophie Lane, Product Training Manager at Miele, adds: “To preserve the fleece’s soft, plush look and feel, we recommend washing on a gentle cycle.
What detergent to use to wash fleece
Be sure to use a mild laundry detergent that’s free of harsh chemicals or fleece-washing formulas.
Avoid using fabric softener, however, as it can cling to the fibers and weigh them down, reducing the item’s fluffy, soft texture.
Lina Bombova, a TaskRabbit worker who specializes in cleaning, warns, “Softener or any type of bleaching product could change the texture of the fabric.
How to remove stains from fleece
It’s important to tackle a tough stain before washing fleece items in the washing machine.
Treat with commercial stain remover, soap and water or a small amount of dish detergent.
Lina Bombova suggests: “Dab gently on the area to help remove the stain as much as possible and let sit for 10 minutes.
How to dry the fleece
When it comes to drying, always follow the care label. If item is tumble dry, use gentle cycle.
Remember that extreme heat can melt fibers and cause delicate fleece items to shrink.
A cool setting on the dryer is ideal as it will tumble the item, fluffing the fabric and restoring its soft, comfortable texture.
How often should I clean my fleece items?
Fleece blankets, throws, and pillows don’t require the same frequency as washing sheets or washing towels. General guidance is once every few months.
However, if you have pets, it’s worth washing fleece items more frequently, at least once a month. It’s also a good idea to fluff fleece blankets and throws to protect them from dust and dirt.
Synthetic fleece made from polyester and plastic fibers can shed microfibers in your washing machine, so wash these items as infrequently as possible.
Can you wash the fleece in the washing machine?
Generally, you can wash fleece in the washing machine, but you should always check the label on the item before doing so. “Make sure you treat the stains first,” advises Lucy Searle, global editor of Homes & Gardens. “Cold water is also important and make sure you don’t use too much detergent.”