How to Care for Your Stuffed and Weighted Items
I often times get questions on how to care for weighted items made from my pellets. It is important that these cherished items last, especially when it is a handmade treasure, because often so much thought goes into the fabric and patterns used. These irreplaceable items give comfort to my friends.
Water Temperature for Washing Weighted Items
Start by considering the type of fabric used in your weighted item. Warm water works best for most fabrics and provides grime-fighting power. Warm is also best if you are dealing with a moderately soiled item. If you are working with a more delicate fabric such as “fun fur” or another type of plush select cold. Do not use hot water; it may damage the pellets.
Pre-treating Weighted Items
If you have a particularly bad soiled item you may wish to pre-treat the stain. Wash the soiled section in cold water as soon as possible. If the soil is protein-based such as a bodily fluid, you can use any spray pre-treatment. Spray the soiled portion directly and follow the instructions on waiting time. If you are dealing with grease such as cooking oil you can use dish soap. Just apply directly to the stain, rub in, and wash.
Washing Weighted Laundry
For weighted items such as weighted blankets machine washing is fine. Wash separately or with like colors.
Weighted stuffed animals or “softies” as I like to call them pose other issues. If your softie has delicate features such as glued on embellishments or intricate un-removable clothing it’s best to hand wash or spot clean. To hand wash, fill a bucket, tub, or sink with warm water and a small amount of your favorite laundry detergent and agitate the water as you fill it to mix. Fully immerse the item in the water. Use a white wash cloth (so no color run occurs) to scrub the softie. Gently rinse your softie in warm running water until it runs clear. To spot clean take your wash cloth, and dip it in the warm, soapy water then gently go over the soiled area in a circular motion. Rinse your wash cloth intermittently and continue the gentle scrubbing until the soil is removed.
Drying Weighted Items
For machine washable items lay flat to dry or if you must use the dryer use the lowest heat setting available. For softies that you were able to machine wash, use the lowest dryer setting and throw in a dryer sheet; all the fluffiness of the fur should return. For hand wash or spot cleaned items sit the item in front of a fan for best results, or you may hang dry. If your softie’s fur is looking a bit matted and sad after the wash take a clean towel and “fluff” the fur. You may also use a hair dryer and comb to “style” the fur as it dries. This could be a fun activity for the children too!
My black weighted plastic pellets are not recommended for heat drying.
Patching Weighted Items
Even with the best of care well loved items sometimes spring leaks, especially if they are well loved! To keep your pellets in place you can patch the item. The simplest form is: take a piece of coordinating fabric that is at least ½ inch larger than your tear, use pins to hold the patch in place, and sew the patch on by hand. More detailed instructions can be found here. Steer clear of the “iron on” patches as the required heat from the iron could damage your item.
Now you are sure to enjoy your weighted item for years to come. How do you care for your weighted items? Let me know in the comments. Also as always, share with me what you’ve made on our Facebook page!blog comments powered by Disqus