Nothing is cozier than a thick, cuddly sherpa blanket when the weather gets cold. This soft, snuggly blanket is perfect for curling up in your living room in front of your TV, but keeping it clean can get a little tricky. In this article, you will learn how to take care of your favorite Sherpa blankets the right way and keep them soft and fresh for years.
But first, let's learn what a sherpa blanket is?
What is Sherpa?
Sherpa fabric (often known as faux sheepskin) is a synthetic material (similar to faux fur) designed to look and feel like sheep wool. This soft and lightweight material is thicker and warmer than other fleece fabrics and is perfect for keeping you warm when the weather gets cold. One side of this material has a smooth and soft texture, resembling natural wool, and the other side is the knit shell.
Sherpa blankets could be extraordinarily soft and fluffy when you buy them. But unfortunately, this material can lose its' amazing qualities when treated incorrectly.
How to wash your favorite Sherpa Blanket without ruining (damaging) it?
If not cared for properly, Sherpa blanket, as well as Sherpa throw blanket, can very easily become matted and lose its plushness! The good news is that if you treat it properly, it will stay fluffy and soft for years.
First of all, carefully read the label with care instructions from the manufacturer.
Secondary, don't use any chemicals that could be harmful to Sherpa fabric such as stain remover that contains bleach. To remove non-oily stains, you can pretreat the blanket with dish soap by applying a few drops of dish soap to the stain and gently patting the soap with a clean paper towel. Finally, just rinse the soap with cold water.
For oily stains, sprinkle a light covering of cornstarch or baby powder over the surface of the stain, gently rub the powder over the fabric, and leave it to sit overnight.
After treating the grease stains, wash your blanket in your washing machine!
- For washing your sherpa blanket set up your washing machine to a delicate cycle and select cold (heat can damage Sherpa) water option if possible.
- Load the blanket into the washing machine alone without any other items such as other beddings or clothing. That will help you to avoid excessive bulk, which can lead to increased friction on your blanket, causing the pilling of the fabric.
- Use a gentle, liquid (the dry one can stick instead of dissolving) type of detergent alone, without adding any kind of fabric softener which can cling to sherpa fabric and cause matting.
- Finally, run the washing machine (remember to select the cool water option) through its' regular cycles.
How to wash Sherpa Blanket to restore its softness?
Sherpa blankets as well as Sherpa throws could be extraordinarily soft and fluffy when you buy them. But unfortunately, this material can lose its' amazing qualities when treated incorrectly.
What are the secrets to making your favorite blanket super soft and cozy again?
- Select the cold water option and set up the washing machine for a gentle cycle.
- Add a half cup of baking soda inside the machine before you load a blanket into it.
- Add a half cup of distilled white vinegar into the spout for fabric softener.
- Run the washing cycle.
- Ball up and toss a chunk of aluminum foil in a washing machine. It will add extra fluffiness to your blanket while drying.
- After the washing cycle is over put the damp blanket in the dryer and run it on a tumble dry setting.
In case your blanket gets matted down, you can apply a simple brushing technique to make it soft and fluffy again.
For that, you can use a boar bristle brush or a similar pet brush.
- Spread the blanket on a flat surface.
- Snip away any loose threads or stick up clumps with scissors.
- Brush the fleece side of the blanket to fluff it up.
- If necessary, sprinkle the material with warm water, then brush again.
- Put a damp blanket in the dryer and run it on a tumble dry setting.
How to dry your favorite Sherpa blanket?
Like we mentioned before, high heat can damage sherpa fabric, so avoid hot machine drying as well as washing your blanket in hot water.
The absolute best way to dry sherpa fleece is by hanging it over a clothesline outside and letting it air dry in the fresh air. In case you don't have a clothesline, just drape it over the closes rack or just the backs of a couple of lined-up chairs.
In case you don't have time or space to air dry the blanket, you can still use the machine dryer safely by selecting the tumble-dry setting. The tumble-dry setting does not apply any heat.
Avoid fast spin cycles.
FAQ about Sherpa Blankets
Why are Cozy Bliss Sherpa blankets so warm?
Our Cozy Bliss Serpa fabric has a longer pile similar to wool blankets and a dual-sided three-dimensional texture on the other side, making our blankets extra thick, chunky, and warm.
How often should I wash a sherpa blanket?
For sherpa blankets that are not heavily used, washing a blanket once a month should be more than enough. Watch out for small stains when they occur and follow the steps above to keep your Sherpa blanket soft, fluffy, and clean.
What are the best sherpa blankets to buy?
Cozy Bliss has a variety of ultra-soft and comfy sherpa blankets. Our Sherpa has a longer pile which makes them extra fluffy and warm. Have a look at our double-sided plaid Sherpa blanket that has a grain popcorn texture on the other side which makes this blanket extra chunky and warm. If you are looking for something not only ultra-comfy and warm but also stylish and trendy, have a look at our Ridgeline Sherpa blanket that creates a tasteful look and adds style to any space.
How to keep Sherpa from matting?
Wash your sherpa fleece blanket alone to prevent matting. The most common reason a sherpa blanket is matted is incorrect washing with other fabrics. Wash it alone to prevent this.