Photo blankets, whether they’re used for snuggling in or for decorative purposes, can get dirty pretty quickly. Before you’re done admiring the fine craftsmanship, you might notice the odd speck of dust or two. Which begs the question can photo blankets be dry cleaned?

 

Not only that but with time, this will, of course, only get worse. But fret not, it is possible to keep your photo blanket looking as good as new.

 

Before we get into the real information on how to keep your photo blanket clean, fresh, and looking its best, let’s start first with the quick answer.

 

Can Photo Blankets Be Dry Cleaned? Although you can clean your photo blankets in a variety of ways, it is not recommended that you dry clean them. This is because the photos are likely to fade. There are specific ways to clean photo blankets such as washing machines on a gentle cycle, but never iron, bleach, or use harsh chemicals.

 

We also covered this in our FAQ section, and now this guide will take you a little more in-depth regarding cleaning a photo blanket.

 

Ok so now you’re armed with the neat explanation of keeping your memory blanket free from any nasties, you might be wondering if it’s also possible to put your blanket in a washing machine, so let’s take a look.

Can I machine wash my photo blanket?

To clean a photo blanket, machine-wash the blanket using gentle settings and minimal detergent. Make sure you avoid bleach, fabric softeners, or other harsh chemicals.

 

Dry cleaning a photo blanket is not possible though, as that can cause the image on it to fade.

 

“Dry cleaning a photo blanket is not possible

though, as that can cause the image on it to fade.”

 

So how do you keep a fleece photo blanket clean and fresh as a daisy? Let’s take a look.


Fleece blankets

Fleece blankets should be grouped with fabrics of similar color and then washed in cold water on a gentle cycle, after which they can be air-dried.

 

You should never steam iron or dry clean since that will most certainly result in melting. Avoid using strong detergents, fabric softeners, and bleach when washing your fleece photo blankets.

 

“You should never steam iron or dry clean since

that will most certainly result in melting.”

 

So ok, we now know some important tips about how to protect your photo blanket from germs and keep it looking as good as the day you bought it.

 

You might also be wondering if over time it will fade? Let’s discover that below.


Will your photo blanket fade?

The pictures on your blanket usually will not fade, since they are a part of the textile, either through weaving or sublimation.

 

However, like any other fabric, do not leave your photo blanket hanging around in direct sunlight for an extended time period.

 

“The pictures on your blanket usually will not fade,”

 

In order to help us understand a little more easily as to whether you can dry clean your photo blankets, let’s start by looking at the different kinds available.

 


What kind of photo blanket fabric to be cleaned

Woven Blankets

This is typically the most-ordered type of photo blanket. The material comprises pure cotton jacquard, with the digital picture woven into the fabric.

 

All four sides have a fringe around them, the fringe on two of the sides being made up of the threads used in the weave whereas the other two sides feature a black and white color.

 


 

“This is typically the most-ordered type of photo blanket.”

Fleece blankets

This is a synthetic fabric made from polyethylene terephthalate, which can be manufactured using recycled plastic items.

 

*    Your chosen image is printed on these types of blankets through a digital printer, by applying controlled heat and pressure. In this way, the image becomes a part of the fabric.

 

*     Fleece blankets should be grouped with fabrics of similar color and then washed in cold water on a gentle cycle, after which they can be air-dried.

 

*     You should never steam iron or dry clean since that will most certainly result in melting. Avoid using strong detergents, fabric softeners, and bleach when washing your fleece photo blankets.

 

This method allows for better image quality, however, it also requires images of a much higher resolution as compared to those needed for a woven blanket.

 


 

As you might be wondering what are the best cleaning methods for each type of photo blanket, lets explore below.

Cleaning methods for each type of photo blanket

Let’s take a look at some of the best methods to clean each type of photo blanket.

Cleaning a fleece blanket

Dry cleaning a fleece blanket aside, the difficult part of cleaning a fleece photo blanket, or any other fuzzy throws, such as microfibre and faux fur, is to preserve their amazingly soft texture.

 

*     In order to prevent matting or pilling, wash your fleece blankets separately in cold water on a gentle cycle. Use a minimal amount of detergent, since a greater quantity of it won't make your blanket cleaner.

 

*     In fact, the greater amounts of detergent usually stick to the fleece fibers gives you blanket that coarse, rugged texture.

 

*     Bleach and fabric softeners should also be avoided because they can affect the blanket's dye and also cause damage to the fiber.

 

*     Since polyester fleece is stain-resistant by nature, washing it with cold water and a minimal amount of detergent will be enough to clean your fleece blanket.

 

   For tough stains that wouldn’t budge, pre-treat those spots with a drop of regular dishwashing liquid, letting it soak on the spot for about 15 minutes, and then blot it away with a washcloth or paper towel.

 

*     Hang your fleece blankets up to air dry, or place them in the dryer on a no-heat, gentle cycle. Avoid exposing your fleece blanket to direct sunlight or high temperatures, because that will cause its fibers to shrink or melt.


Cleaning a weighted blanket

The ideal way to wash a weighted blanket depends greatly on its design, and also the type of filler and fabric, dry cleaning is not an option for this type of blanket.

 

Photo blankets that are weighted with plastic pellets or glass micro-beads are typically safe for machine washing but not for being dry cleaned. However, it is best to check the care label for specific washing instructions.

 

    Weighted photo blankets that weigh up to 20 pounds can be washed in your regular washing machine with cold water and mild cleaning agents on a gentle cycle.

 

*     Using bleach will damage blanket fibers over time, whereas fabric softeners, leave a residue that gives your blanket a coarse, starchy texture.

 

*     For smaller stains that don't require a full washing, you can spot-clean the weighted blanket using a solution of lukewarm water and detergent.

 

*     In order to dry your weighted blanket, toss it in the dryer on a low-heat cycle, or spread it out on a dry surface to air dry. Make sure that the blanket is hanged evenly when it is left to dry so that it doesn't lose its shape. If the blanket weighs more than 20 pounds, then it is better to let a laundromat do the job instead. Commercial-sized washing machines are better equipped to wash heavy blankets.


Cleaning a wool blanket

Since wool blankets are of dirt and stain repelling nature, they only need to be washed a couple of times each year. You can refresh a wool photo blanket between washes by brushing it with a fabric brush with soft bristles to get rid of all the dirt and debris. In order to prevent the blanket's fibers from getting damaged, make sure to brush in the same direction.

 

*     Before washing, check the blanket’s care label to make sure it is not dry-cleaned only. If the blanket is machine-washable, then use a wool-safe detergent and cold water.

 

*     Place the photo blanket in the machine, allowing it to soak in the water and detergent solution for nearly 20 minutes.

 

*     Select a gentle cycle and let it run for two minutes before switching to the rinse cycle. When done, hang the wool blanket to air dry but avoid direct exposure to sunlight, which might cause the blanket’s colors to fade.

 

*     Wool blankets shouldn’t be placed in a dryer or dry cleaned, as this can cause damage to the delicate fibers, resulting in shrinkage which would ultimately give your blanket a coarse texture.

And finally…

The Memories Place is an excellent place to get personalized photo blankets from.

 

We have been leading the photo blanket industry for the past 16 years, owing to our skilled experts and professional service. Our custom made blankets are the perfect memory gift for every occasion, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, or any special celebration.