Washing and Care Instructions
Wondering about the washing instructions for your fleece sheets? Did something get on your favorite blanket, pillow, or throw? Don’t stress over washing it; we’ve got you covered with easy care instructions!
The label is your friend.
All Berkshire goodies have a sewn in tag with specific care instructions for that product. If yours is still attached, please follow those for the best cleaning results.
Wait, what do these symbols mean?
Have you ever wondered what all those laundry care symbols are for? You're not alone! Here are the most-used symbols on Berkshire Blanket care instruction tags:
Machine wash cold, gentle cycle.
Non-chlorine bleach as needed.
Do not iron.
Need more help deciphering care symbols? Download our printable Guide to Laundry Care Symbols for a comprehensive list of common symbols.
No tag? No problem!
If the tag isn’t attached or can’t be read, you’re not out of luck. Use the search box above to look up your product and find specific care instructions for it.
Can’t find the product or don’t know what it’s called?
Plush or Fleece Blankets
This includes (but is not limited to): Extra-Fluffy™, VelvetLoft™, Serasoft®, PrimaLush™, Shimmersoft™, Shearloft™, Bunnysoft™, Polymink™, Polartec®, Microfleece™, Velvet Soft Blankets, Fluffie Blankets, Indulgence Blankets, Opulence Blankets, Timeless Comfort Blankets, Perfect Touch Blankets, and Modern Comfort Blankets.
We know you want to keep your favorite plush or fleece feeling as soft as the day you first cuddled with it. 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’).
You may be asking, “Is washing separately on the gentle cycle and air drying really necessary?” And the answer is: yes, it is!
Here’s why: 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 (sometimes referred to as pebbling), ball up into little round bits that come off (pilling) or stands of fibers that come loose (the dreaded shedding). Sometimes your blanket can pick up fibers from other laundry 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!
This includes (but is not limited to): Microfleece™ Sheet Sets, Microfiber Sheet Sets, Polarfleece® Sheet Sets, and VelvetLoft Sheet Sets. Follow these easy instructions for washing your fleece, plush, or microfiber sheets and you’ll enjoy years of cozy softness! For best results, wash your sheets separately from other laundry in cold water using your regular detergent. If extra cleaning power is needed, you can use non-chlorine bleach without worry.
The washing machine’s spin cycle usually does a great job of getting all of the excess water out of the sheets. You can tumble dry them on a low heat setting. Or go old school and hang them up to air dry--they should be ready in no time! Avoid high heat (no irons!) and excessive agitation to keep your sheets soft and pill free.
Our knits require a little extra love and attention to maintain their beautiful texture. Our Hand Knit Chunky Throw and our Sailor’s Knot Chunky Knit Throw both require special handling and it's best to leave them to the professionals and dry clean only.
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 it and launder according to the instructions for that fabric type. Pillow inserts are not machine washable.
What does “spot clean” mean? Here’s an easy method to spot clean: wet a cloth (washcloths are perfect for this) 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.
Heated Blankets, Throws & Mattress Pads
It's easy to maintain the lovely look and feel of our heated blanket by following our simple steps for convenient care.
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. Once everything is disconnected, you're ready to wash! Pick out your favorite bleach free laundry soap and place your blanket separately in the washing machine. Set your machine to cold water, select the gentle cycle, and begin.
Drying is an important piece of caring for your heated blanket and to ensure the best result it's key that you do not dry clean your blanket, use a wringer or cleaning spray, or use an iron.
For the prettiest and softest results, remove your blanket from the washing machine, lay it out, and gently pull it into its original size and shape. To finish, simply drape over two parallel lines (without using clothes pins) to air dry.
This includes (but is not limited to): Egyptian cotton, Ringspun cotton, Triple Knit cotton, Dual Spun cotton.
For best results, wash your blanket separately in cold water on the gentle cycle with your usual detergent. If you need extra cleaning power, you can use non-chlorine bleach. These natural fiber blankets are perfectly safe to put in the dryer on the “no heat” or “low heat” setting. Take care to not overload the washer or dryer or use a high heat during laundering; this can cause excessive heat or agitation that will damage your blanket.
Cozy adventures can sometimes lead to less than clean Cuddly Buddies. But no worries, your child’s pal is easily washed! Simply toss the throw in the washing machine with your usual detergent. You’ll want to wash the blanket separately in cold water on the gentle cycle for best results.
When the wash is finished, hang up your Cuddly Buddies throw to air dry (it won’t take long!), or it can go in the dryer on the air fluff cycle. Heat is not a friend of this throw, so make sure you don’t use a heat setting in the dryer and definitely don’t come near it with an iron.
To keep your throw cuddly soft and looking its best, stick with non-chlorine bleach and don’t use fabric softeners.
Made from the same cozy fabric as your favorite plush blankets, our robes can be cared for in the same way!
To keep your robe looking and feeling its best, machine wash with your usual detergent separately in cold water on the gentle cycle. Use only non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry using the air setting (no heat) or line dry.
Worried that line drying will take too long?
Good news! The washing machine's spin cycle does a great job of getting most of the water out, so your robe won't take very long to dry. Other things to keep in mind: High heat and excessive agitation will damage this product and we would hate for that to happen!
How do you stay away from these troublemakers?
Easy - make sure you don't overload the washer or dryer (washing it separately really is best), use the gentle cycle, and don't use any heat in the washer or dryer. And definitely never iron it!