Care Instructions 101: What do those symbols mean?

Posted on December 30 2019

Care Instructions 101: What do those symbols mean?


When washing anything from dishes to apparel, it's so important to pay attention to the washing and care instructions on the box or the item's tag. Many companies do not offer replacements for items that are ruined as a result of incorrect washing.

Many textile items like bedding and apparel offer their care instructions in the form of symbols. Most items from Berkshire Blanket have these symbols on the tag, so let's decipher what all these symbols mean.

care symbols

Washing Plush & Fleece Items

This includes fabrics like Extra-Fluffy, VelvetLoft, Serasoft, PrimaLush, Shimmersoft, Sherpa, Microfleece, Velvet Soft, and Fluffie. To ensure years of cozy comfort, wash separately in cold water on the gentle cycle using your usual detergent. Use only non-chlorine bleach as needed. We recommend line drying, but if you're in a hurry, you can also put the blanket in the dryer on the no-heat setting (sometimes called 'air fluff').

Is washing separately really necessary? Yes!

When you wash your blanket in a fully loaded washing machine, the fabrics rub against everything else that is in the wash. This can cause the fibers to get matted, pill, or shed. Sometimes your blanket can pick up fibers from other items it's washed with, leading to discolored pilling that is not attractive or nice feeling. So separate really is best!

Heat can also damage the fibers, which is why we recommend air or line drying. The good news is that the washing machine's spin cycle usually does a great job getting most of the water out and the blankets don't take very long to dry!

Keeping Throw and Decorative Pillows Clean

If your pillow does not have a removable cover, spot clean it with a mild detergent. If it does have a removable cover, you can remove and launder it according to the instructions for that fabric type. Pillow inserts are not machine washable.

Here's an easy method to spot clean: wet a washcloth and wring out the excess water so that it's damp and not dripping wet. Rub a small amount of detergent into the cloth. Blot or very lightly rub the soiled area on the pillow until the stain is removed. You may need to rinse the washcloth out during cleaning to avoid spreading the stain to other areas of the pillow. When the pillow looks clean, go back over the area with a cloth of only clean water to make sure that you have removed all of the detergent residue.

Washing Heated Blankets & Throws

When it's time to wash your heated blanket or throw or mattress pad, the first and most important step is to detach all controllers. Using your favorite bleach-free laundry detergent, machine wash your heated blanket or throw separately in the washing machine. Set your machine to cold water, select the gentle cycle, and wash.

Do not dry clean your blanket, use a wringer, cleaning spray, or use an iron on any heated blankets or throws.

For the best results, remove your blanket from the washing machine, lay it out, and gently pull it into its original size and shape. To finish drying, drape over two parallel lines to air dry.


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