Electric blankets require a bit of special care but are very simple to wash and maintain. Fortunately, all electric blankets and heated mattress pads sold in the United States are designed for machine washing and drying.
Would Dry Cleaning Be Better?
Electric blankets or heated mattress pads should never be dry cleaned. The chemicals used in the dry cleaning process can damage the wire insulation. Commercial dryers that use very high temperatures can also damage the wiring.
If you have the instructions for care that came with your blanket or pad, follow them. If, however, you have lost the instructions follow these:
- Remove all cords and controls before washing.
- Wash the blanket in cool to warm water with a regular detergent.
- Use the short or gentle cycle.
- If your washer is not large enough to hold the blanket, it can be hand washed in the bathtub. Use cool water, a small amount of detergent and gently squeezing. Do not wring the blanket or pad.
- Use a cool temperature setting on your dryer. It is best to only partially dry in the dryer, remove the blanket while it is still damp and allow to finish air-drying. High heat may shrink the blanket and damage the wire's insulation.
- Be sure your dryer is large enough to allow the blanket to tumble freely. If it is not large enough, use a laundromat dryer set on cool or air-dry only. No high heat!Ironing an Electric Blanket or Mattress Pad
Ironing an Electric Blanket
Don't do it! The iron's heat can damage the wire's insulation. If it is wrinkled, hand smooth and let gravity pull out the wrinkles.
Learn more about taking care of heavier winter bedding including pillows, comforters and blankets. Specific questions? Just ask here.