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Tips for Caring for Your Heated Bedding

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You take great care when cuddling with your favorite heated blanket, throw or mattress pad, but inevitably - no matter how many spills you avoid or stains you combat - your bedding will likely get dirty. While the process of caring for your heated blanket is not much different from the one you'd follow to care for your more conventional bedding, there are a few things to keep in mind when washing and drying these items.

Before washing your heated bedding - whether you're washing for the first time or tossing it in with your regular laundry load - you must first unplug the bedding from the wall, then disconnect the electrical cord from the product. Next, check the blanket thoroughly for areas of damage where the wiring may have been exposed and, if any are spotted, refrain from placing your bedding in the washer or dryer.

Clean Before You Cuddle
Prior to washing your heated bedding, read the care instructions provided in the packaging. Some throws cannot be washed along with other fabrics, while others are 100 percent machine washable. It's important to follow the recommendations to ensure that your bedding does not experience premature wear or tear.

Machine Washing
Sunbeam® Warming Products are machine washable. There are several recommendations that help make the process effective and efficient. Before starting the wash cycle, soak your blanket in mild soap and cold water for 15 minutes, then turn on the machine, keeping it on the "delicate" or "gentle" setting for two minutes. Rinse with cold water and spin dry in the washing machine.

Your heated bedding is dryer safe, but not for commercial dryers. In a smaller dryer, set the temperature to "low" and allow the blanket to tumble dry for 10 minutes. Take the blanket out while it's still a bit damp, and drape it over a clothes line or shower rod until it's completely dry - don't use clothespins, as these may alter the shape of your throw. Before plugging the blanket back in the wall, your heated bedding must dry completely.