How Can I Clean Faux-Fur Blankets?

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Clean faux-fur blankets at home in a top-loading washing machine filled with water and mild detergent. Dry cleaning is another viable method of cleaning these types of blankets.

To wash a faux-fur blanket, turn on a top-loading machine and fill it with enough cold water for a medium load. Proceed to add a color-safe mild detergent, and then dip the faux-fur blanket in the washer. Turn off the washer, and let the blanket soak for 10-15 minutes. Do not soak the blanket for too long, as this can damage the fabric. Turn on the machine to complete one full washing cycle. Complete another spin cycle, because these kinds of blankets absorb a lot of water. Once the blanket has been properly rinsed, take it out to dry. Either hang it on a clothesline or lay it out on a flat surface. Dry the blanket in a cool dry place, as direct sunlight can damage the material. Do not use a drying machine because it uses heat, which can destroy the delicate fibers. Once the blanket is dry, use your hand or a toothbrush to smooth out any looped fibers. Spray a mixture of water and a little hair conditioner to further smooth the fibers. If you are overwhelmed or unsure of the faux-fur blanket cleaning process, then use the services of a professional dry cleaner.