Question: “I have accidentally machine washed on a delicate spin, a soft acrylic blanket which ought to have been hand washed. How do l restore the soft feel, l have lost? Please help. I love this blanket.”
Acrylic is often treated with finishing products that provide it with a soft feel or other qualities like water-resistance, however these products can easily be removed in a wash and leave the blanket stiff and scratchy. To restore the softness, follow the steps below.
You Will Need:
- A bathtub
- Hair conditioner
- Olive oil
Steps to Soften the Blanket:
- Fill the bathtub with enough water to cover the blanket.
- To use conditioner, squirt a little into the water over the blanket in streaks. To use olive oil, pour about ⅛ of a cup of oil over the water.
- Move the blanket around in the water to disperse the conditioner/oil over it.
- Push the blanket up and down in the water several times to disperse the conditioner through the fibers.
- Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then drain the water.
- Refill the rub with clean water and pump the blanket in the water to rinse out the conditioner/oil.
- Allow the blanket to air dry.
- Leave-in conditioner sprays can be used to treat any areas that remain scratchy. Simply mist the spray over the area; try not to use too much or it will attract dirt to the area.
- Rewashing the blanket and adding either fabric softener or 1 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle may also help.
- Another way to restore softeness is to brush the blanket with a clothing or upholstery brush, depending on how it is made/woven.
- Air fluffing the blanket in the dryer without heat may also improve the texture.
- If the acrylic has melted due to being washed in hot water or exposure to a hot dryer, the damage is likely permanent. You can try to file off some of the burned areas with a nail file, depending on how your blanket is made.
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