Faux fur blankets supply the heavyweight warmth you’ll need when nights turn chilly. Artificial fur is usually made of synthetic materials such as acrylic, modacrylic and polyester, though some faux fur blankets include wool, cotton, rayon or silk. If you do not know the fiber content of your blanket, consult a professional cleaner, but it is possible to clean synthetic faux fur blankets at home.
Use a top-loading washing machine for the best results when cleaning faux fur blankets at home. Set the machine to the delicate cycle and fill it with cold water. As the device fills, add mild laundry detergent, such as a formula made for delicate fabrics. Use a detergent free of textile softeners, and do not add fabric softener to the rinse cycle. Place the blanket at the machine and allow the cycle to complete.
Because faux fur absorbs so much water, your blanket may need another spin cycle. Top-loading machines allow you to turn the dial back and spin the blanket if necessary, but you can repeat a spin cycle on some leading loaders, as well. When you have removed as much water as you can, take the blanket outdoors and hang it over a clothesline or railing to dry. If you do not have outdoor access, drape the blanket over the back of two or more wooden or metal chairs. Always allow faux coat to air dry, as placing it in the drier can harm it. Shake out the blanket after drying to fluff it.