HOW CARE FOR YOUR "Blankets By Brian" Items:
Blankets By Brian (ME) only uses the HIGHEST quality Faux Fur (Minky/Cuddle) Material. I have also found that it is extremely durable. The only thing that wears them out faster is heat in the wash/dry cycles and fabric softener.
So, lets jump in....
- Wash in Cold Water
- Washing items separate is ideal
- Use "Sensitive Skin" or "Eco-Friendly" soaps. (2-4 Tablespoons depending on the load)
- *Optional: Add 1/4 - 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda & 1/2 cup of White Vinegar
- No FABRIC SOFTENER (Ever!). No Laundry Pods. No "scents" or additives in the soap.
- Tumble dry, in Dryer, with NO HEAT. I like 20-30 minutes, it will soften and fluff.
- Before it is 100% dry (I like 85-90% dry), lay or hang item to finish drying. This helps eliminate Static
Cleaning in Detail:
your Items in COLD water with Eco-Friendly Soaps. Which means... No Dyes, perfumes or Fabric softeners in the soap.
Laundry Pods have Fabric Softener & scents in them, these are death to faux fur fibers. The dissolving pack in some cases will not fully dissolve because it will cling to fibers and will hang on like gum. DO NOT USE with Faux Fur/ Minky products (Click on the link to see a few examples - Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap).
What I like: I recommend 1-3 Tablespoons Eco-Friendly Soap, because they are known for keeping the soap simple. They will leave out the unnecessary ingredients. Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide** is an excellent way to get rid of body oil, dirt or stubborn stains. I will add a 1/4-1/3 cup of Baking Soda and a 1/3-1/2 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide to the wash cycle. To get rid of stubborn smells replace the Hydrogen Peroxide with White Vinegar. Both methods are extremely effective and work brilliantly. I will use both methods often, & makes everything very clean and Soft. (See additional cleaning links below)
NEVER Use Fabric Softeners!
Heavy Soaps (Heavy= soap that includes scents & fabric softeners) & Softeners will cling to the fibers and will drastically reduce the softness. Vinegar is an excellent fabric softener & is an amazing substitute. Just add it to the "fabric softener" dispenser. Vinegar in the rinse cycle will also help reduce static.
Drying your Item-
I recommend using your dryer with NO HEAT. Use the "Air Dry" setting with no heat. Air Drying is the best. Use dryer sheets WITHOUT fabric softeners or "Wool Balls" to help reduce static. (Be careful with dryer sheet, most have fabric softener in them. Look for sensitive skin dryer sheets.)
Tumble air dry until the item is about 90% dry, then pull it out and lay/hang it to dry the rest of the way. I can guarantee this process and you will love the results.
If you use Dryer Sheets, make sure that they DO NOT contain Fabric Softener. Faux Fur materials dry quick. One 55" x 65" blanket will dry in 20-30 minutes on the "Air dry" Cycle. Remember, your Faux Fur Items will feel softer if you tumble dry the item until it is about 85-90% dry. If you tumble it any longer than that, or use low heat, static will dramatically increase. This means that if you dry the item 100%, you will see increased static. However, don't worry if you have static, a light misting with plain water and spray bottle will remove it. (See additional information below)
I suggest that you wash your faux fur/minky items often to remove dirt, body oils, smells and lotions that accumulate with use. Even a light wash can be effective, or even just running the Items in a Rinse & high speed spin Cycle can dramatically revive the item. Just add a 1/4-1/3 cup of White Vinegar, depending on the load size, to the rinse water.
Vinegar in your Wash note: I get this question/comment all the time. "I hate the smell of vinegar. I don't want that smell on my clothes and blankets." Please try this method once and I promise you will love it. There is no smell that goes along with vinegar. Even if there was, the smell of vinegar would dissipate quickly.
Follow these suggestions and your Blankets by Brian item will last for years and years, and feel like new after every wash. There is no need to Dry Clean, but it's perfectly fine to dry clean if you desire. I haven't tried that, but prefer washing with hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, and eco friendly (sensitive skin) soaps.
** If the Minky item is extremely soiled, dirty or smelly, you can add Vinegar to the "wash" cycle. Follow these steps: Add 1/3 cup (or more, depending on the load size) the the wash cycle. I recommend that you do a "soak" cycle with vinegar only, nothing else. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Vinegar is a great way to sanitize. After soaking, start a wash cycle with the baking soda and soap. (see "wash" instructions above)
I Consider both methods, Vinegar or Hydrogen Peroxide, great cleaning methods. Very gentle cleaning, better for the environment and Minky will feel new again. However, in my experience I have noticed that the Hydrogen Peroxide method comes out of the cycle just a little bit softer. Not much, but a little.
If your order DARK RED or BLACK Faux Fur items, You should wash them separately 3-5 times. These 2 colors have a tendency to "bleed" which mean that the color can run off and stain other articles. A simple way to test the fabric to see if it has stopped bleeding, wash the item with a old White Sock or White towel that you can throw away. If the White sock comes out white then you are safe to wash it with other items.
This is a great "How To..." Video from our friends at One Good Thing by Jillee. They know how to DIY everything. In this video Jill teaches us how to remove stains with baking soda. With Minky or Faux Fur Material you can use either Warm or Cold Water. Both are equally effective.
1/4 - 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 - 1 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
Eco Friendly Soap ( Use smallest amount as directed)
Vinegar in the "Fabric Softener" cup
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