Can You Tumble Dry A Weighted Blanket? (will it damage it or is it safe)

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question because there are so many different types of weighted blankets on the market nowadays.

You should always check the care label for drying guidelines on your particular weighted blanket.

Many have removable covers which can often be tumble dried on a low heat setting.

Others are all in one and many contain glass, steel or plastic balls encased in the fabric which cannot even be washed in a machine let alone tumble dried.

Some can only be dry cleaned, and should never be washed and dried in a washing machine or tumble dryer.

What The Tumble Dryer Symbols Mean On A Weighted Blanket

Tumble Dryer Symbols On Clothes

Below we have included all of the symbols related to tumble dryers. Only some of these will ever appear on the care label for weighted blankets but we have included them all for your information.

  • Square With White Circle And A Black X On Top – This symbol is used to indicate that the item should not be tumble dried. It is quite possible to find this symbol on some weighted blankets.
  • Square With White Circle – This symbol is used to indicate that the item can be tumble dried. You could find this symbol on your weighted blanket.
  • Square With Black Circle – This symbol indicates that the item can be tumble dried using no heat. It is possible to find this symbol on some weighted blankets.
  • Square With White Circle, One Black Dot In Circle – This indicates that you can dry the item on a low heat setting. You could find this symbol on some weighted blankets.
  • Square With White Circle, Two Black Dots In Circle – This symbol indicates that you can dry this item on the medium heat setting. It is not usually found on weighted blankets.
  • Square With White Circle, Three Black Dots In Circle – This is the symbol used to indicate that the item can be tumble dried on the high heat setting and is not usually found on a weighted blanket.

How To Dry A Weighted Blanket Without A Tumble Dryer

Air drying is the recommended way to dry weighted blankets whether they have removable covers or not. 

Flat Drying Your Weighted Blanket

It is usually recommended that weighted blankets should be dried flat to prevent disturbing the filling.

This is best done by placing a clean sheet on the ground and placing the weighted blanket on the sheet. Remember to turn the blanket occasionally to ensure it dries evenly on both sides.

Alternatively it is possible to;

Air Dry Weighted Blankets On A Washing Line

The best way to air dry a weighted blanket is on an outdoor washing line. This allows the breeze to cover the surface area of the blanket and dry it naturally.

This can be achieved on a washing line, rotary clothesline or a strong retractable clothesline.

Using An Airer To Dry Your Weighted Blanket

You can air dry your weighted blanket on an airer either indoors or outside in the fresh air when weather permits. 

Depending on the shape of your airer you might need two to allow the weighted blanket to be spread out correctly to dry.

Or you could use two chairs to support the weighted blanket as it dries.

Indoor Drying Times Can Be Reduced Using An Electric Fan

You can reproduce a gentle drying breeze by allowing an electric fan to play over the blanket as it dries indoors.

For this to work, you need to open a window to create sufficient air flow.

Decrease Indoor Drying Times Using A Dehumidifier

Weighted blankets will hold on to a lot of moisture even after spinning. This means that your weighted blanket can take a long time to dry.

Using a dehumidifier can cut drying times drastically by removing excess moisture from the room.

This allows the weighted blanket to release moisture at a faster pace which will get it dry quicker.

Why You Should Always Read The Wash Care Label On A Weighted Blanket

Always check the wash care labels

If you don’t read the wash care label and adhere to its guidance you could;

Damage The Drum

The weighted blanket could potentially become damaged in the tumble dryer. But the tumble dryer’s drum could also become damaged due to the weight of the wet weighted blanket.

Melting

The weighted blanket could use plastic beads to create the weighted effect. These plastic beads could melt in the dryer.

The material the blanket is made from could also melt in the dryer or at least become misshapen.

Shrinking

It is also possible that some materials can shrink if exposed to high temperatures.

Ripping

The material could also become ripped or torn due to the rough treatment in the tumble dryer even without heat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to put a weighted blanket in a tumble dryer?

Whether it is safe or not to put a weighted blanket in a tumble dryer depends on the instructions printed on the care label. As a general rule, we recommend not tumble drying weighted blankets. Instead they should be air dried.

How long does it take for a weighted blanket to dry?

It can take anywhere between 24-48 hours to fully dry a weighted blanket depending on the wind speed, air temperature etc.

How can I dry a weighted blanket without a tumble dryer?

 You can dry your weighted blanket without a tumble dryer by air drying it. This can be done by laying it flat on top of a dry sheet placed on the ground, on a washing line or spread over a couple of airers.

What happens if you dry a weighted blanket too long?

If you were to take a chance on your weighted blanket by tumble drying it and it was in the dryer for too long it could cause the plastic beads and the blankets filling to melt even at low heat.

Why does my weighted blanket say do not tumble dry?

If your weighted blanket says do not tumble dry it is because it has a filling that could become damaged if subjected to heat, or the material could shrink if it was exposed to high temperatures or the material could become damaged due to the rough and tumble action in a tumble dryer.

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