Bedspreads are made from different kinds of fabric, many of which are washable. Bedspreads should be washed before they become heavily soiled. Treat spots and stains with a spray prewash product. Before you clean your bedspread, dip a corner in the detergent solution to check for colorfastness. If the color bleeds, have your bedspread dry-cleaned.
Use a large commercial washing machine for oversize bedspreads. An overcrowded washer won't clean very well, and the wet weight can be hard on your washer.
Dry the bedspreads on a clothesline or in a large, commercial dryer.
Although blankets are made of many different fibers and blends, most of them are washable by hand or machine. Even some wool blankets can be machine-washed.
If you really want to keep your blankets in top shape, follow these additional guidelines:
- Vacuum blankets occasionally to remove dust and lint.
- Air blankets on a clothesline periodically to freshen them.
- Before you wash a blanket, mend or replace bindings and treat spots and stains.
- Electric blankets should always be washed, not dry-cleaned, since cleaning solvents can damage the wiring. Mothproofing is harmful to the wiring, too.
Next on the agenda are comforters and quilts.