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Caring for Your Electric Blanket

Like any other bedding, an electric blanket or heated throw requires cleaning. But because of the electric system imbedded in blankets, they require special care.

You should always follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning; they are the ultimate authority on what works best for their product. Consult your product care label for definitive instructions.

Never dry clean an electric blanket. The chemicals used in the dry cleaning process will damage the heater wire insulation, rendering your blanket unsafe to use.

Once you’ve washed your blanket, you may notice that it has shrunk a bit. When this happens manufacturers usually suggest gently stretching it back to size. Also, never iron your blanket—the heat from the iron can damage the insulation on the heating wires.

When the weather turns warmer, you may decide to store your electric blanket or heated throw. First, unplug the power cord both from the wall and from the blanket itself. Check for cracks or cuts in the insulation. Loosely wrap the cord around the controller and put both in a bag to keep it moisture and dust-free during storage. Next, check for scorches, exposed wiring, fraying, etc. If it’s in good shape, go ahead and wash it before storage. The blanket should be rolled or loosely folded so that the wires do not crimp. You can store the blanket in plastic (keep it together with the cords) or a vacuum bag to ensure that rodents or other pests don’t destroy the wires.
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