Proper Care and Cleaning for Your Heated Bedding
It's the height of spring cleaning season and though you may have tackled every closet and bedroom in your home, don't hang up the rubber gloves just yet. Use this as an opportunity to do a thorough, deep-clean of all your winter and heated bedding before you pack it away for the season.
Consider this guide for all you need to know to properly care for your favorite Sunbeam® blankets and bedding.
Taking proper care of all your heating products is both simple and safe, as long as you follow the right steps. As a general rule of thumb, all sheets and pillowcases should be washed frequently throughout the year. For larger items such as mattress pads, quilts, comforters and heavy winter blankets, some dusting and fluffing every so often will help keep them feeling fresh and clean.
When it comes to more advanced care and cleaning for your Sunbeam® warming products, the very first thing you must do is disconnect the power cord from the wall. Then, remove the control cord from the heated mattress pad, heated throw or heated blanket. Do a careful inspection to ensure that wires haven't worn through the fabric.
Before washing your heated bedding in the washing machine, soak each one in a mixture of soap and cool water. Choose a mild soap and do not use any bleach. Once you have placed the items in your washing machine, select the "gentle" or "delicate" cycle option. Ensure that you are washing with cold water, not warm or hot water. Run the cycle for just 2 minutes, then rinse in fresh, cold water.
You can either machine dry or air dry your Sunbeam® heated bedding items. If you choose to air dry, do not use clothes pins. Once removed from the wash, carefully shape the blanket, throw or mattress pad back to its original form. You can either drape the product over a clothesline outside, or hang it over a shower rod.
When machine drying, first preheat the dryer on "low" temperature setting for 2 minutes. Then, place the item into the dryer and tumble dry on "low" for about 10 minutes. As it will still be slightly damp, follow the same steps as above for hanging it on a clothesline or shower rod.
Important: Do not use the dryers at your local laundromat or commercial dryers. These devices tend to get too hot when they dry, causing damage to the wiring in your heated bedding.
Equally as important as cleaning is proper storage techniques. Your winter bedding is likely going to be stored away in your attic, basement or closet for quite some time and to ensure that it's still in tip-top shape when the first frost rolls around next year, it's important to pack it away accordingly.
After you've followed the cleaning and care tips from above, set aside some time to pack everything up. Enlisting the assistance of vacuum bags will help you out in two ways. First, it's a great way to save space. You can pack several throws, sheets and blankets into one bag and it will still take up less space than if you were to shelve them on their own. Secondly, the airtight bags will help to keep out odors, dust, insects and mildew.
All bedding should be handled and folded with care so none of the wires are bent into a sharp fold. Use this opportunity to inspect all cords and controls for any sign of damage or wear. Store all plastic bags in a protected place in your home, that is not likely to be susceptible to insects, mice or mold.
In addition to proper care, cleaning and storage, there are a few other precautions and tips to keep in mind.
- Don't dry clean heated bedding products.
- Don't use cleaning fluids or bleach when washing.
- Don't submerge the control in water at any time.
- Don't use a wringer or an iron on your heated bedding product.
- Don't use cleaning sprays of any kind.
- Don't ever wash the power cord or any cords of the product.
- Don't use analgesic cream with your product.
- Don't reconnect the heated throw, blanket or mattress pad until it is COMPLETELY dry.