How do I care for and store my horse's blankets?
What the heck? You need to clean them? They are not self cleaning?
Here are some great tips on taking care of your blankets for many years of use.
-The more you wash them, the more waterproofing you can remove. I prefer to use a really stiff brush to clean the inner and outer layers. If I just can’t take it anymore on the inner layers, I will hose off in the wash rack and dry in the sun.
-The best way to wash blankets is in a front load machine. If you don’t have one, an afternoon at the laundry mat is no big deal. A word of caution - some laundry mat owners are wise to filthy blankets coming in and no longer allow it. Brush and hose off before you visit your neighborhood spin cycle.
-If you can - don’t overfill the front load machine. And if possible, add an extra rinse cycle. There are a million places that detergent can’t get rinsed out. Don’t want any funky skin reactions!!
-If you do find your blanket is losing it’s waterproofing, never fear. I already wrote an article on it!! Here is the link to a superb article about re-waterproofing.
-Please don’t put your blankets in the dryer unless you absolutely have to. A sunny, well ventilated spot on the fence will do just fine. Dryer damage and fabric damage from the heat is not good.
-For storage at the end of the season, thoroughly clean your blankets and prepare for storage. I like to use those vacuum storage bags. This is also the time to have repairs done on your blankets. Most local blanket repair services can also do an amazing cleaning job, bundle these services and sit pretty over summer.
-You can also store blankets in a feed or tack room, but this can tempt some mice and rodents to nest in them. Sealed blankets are the way to go, either in plastic vacuum bags or closed trunks or bins.
What are your blanket care and storage tips?