Washing & Care

Caring for your Berkshire Blanket Products  

To keep all your Berkshire Blanket items looking and feeling their best, always following the care instructions on the sewn-in label on your products.   

Here are some other tips and tricks we recommend when caring for any of your Berkshire Blanket items: 

For stain removal, only use non-chlorine bleach.  

Do not use fabric softeners, dryer sheets, or scent-boosters.   

Always wash separately.   

Avoid contact with harsh chemicals, household cleaners, and cosmetic products with benzoyl peroxide.   

100% Polyester Plush and Fleece 

Our signature fabrics like VelvetLoft, Serasoft, Shimmersoft, and Extra-Fluffy should always be washed separately in cold water and on the gentle cycle. Non-chlorine bleach can be used as needed. We recommend allowing all of our 100% polyester plush items to be line dried, however some low-pile fabrics can be tumble dried on no heat. By line drying your plush items, you are limiting the amount of friction that the fibers experience, keeping them soft and velvety.   

Is washing separately really necessary? Yes! 

Washing separately is very important. When you wash 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 washing separate really is best.  

Washing without heat is also important because any heat can cause irreversible damage to the soft fibers of your blanket. Your washing machine’s spin cycle will do a very good job of getting most of the water out of your item, so it will not take long for your blanket to dry.   

Knits 

Our knits require a little extra love and attention to maintain their beautiful texture. These styles should be washed with extra care and line dried only to not damage the knit fibers.  

Decorative Pillows 
 
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. 
 
What does spot clean mean? 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. 

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. 

Robes 

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!