How to wash Fleece when you have a condensation drier

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I bought a Fleece blanket and after my laundry guy brought it back, the texture was destroyed. I figured that was just what happens with Fleece.

Time passes and I move into my new apartment with a washer/drier. I bought a new fleece blanket and tried following the instructions I read online on how to wash it. If you use cold water and don’t use the drier, it can maintain its shape. I did that and it did maintain its softness and shape. On my washer it has a delicates cycle that worked perfectly.

I was thrilled! Now why am I sharing this with you? Often when you have a laundry service one of the hidden costs is that they don’t always know how to care for unusual fabrics. Fleece is not particularly unusual. It was a cheap blanket at Target, so I have to assume that the laundry service had dealt with it before. However, they didn’t know how to care for it and probably used hot water and high heat in the drier.

Now otherwise the laundry service was perfect. I didn’t even bring it up to him because, for a $20 blanket, it’s not a big deal if there is a learning curve on how to wash it. I probably would have done the same thing not knowing that I needed to treat it differently. One of the challenging parts of washing the fleece however has been getting it to dry. Here is what I did in case it helps you.

When it came out of the washer it was so wet. I should have wrung it like a rag but I didn’t. I could have rung it in the bathtub and I will next time. To dry it I put it in front of my AC and on the top of a stand-alone light pole. Imagine my surprise when I checked on it in a few hours to find out that there was a puddle of water on the floor. All of the moisture had gone to the floor and I had to wipe that up. Now I thought it would certainly get dry. Not even.

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The bottom of the fleece blanket the very tip where the water had gathered was still wet. I wrung that out and put it on top of the ac so it could dry out. I let it go for the night and checked on it the next day. It still was wet. I wrung it out again and then put it back in front of the AC and finally, it dried. All in all, it took more than 24 hours to dry and several cleanups.

Therefore the next time I will squeeze as much water as I can out in the bathtub, then check on it an hour after I hang it up, and if it’s still wet squeeze water again from it. It is high maintenance but a pleasure to use. I don’t have access to an outdoor space where I could hang it. I suppose I could try using an internal rope to hang it like laundry in the bathroom. Hmm, that might work better. I’m going to try hanging with rope in front of the AC and hopefully that works better because it will be higher and closer to the flowing air. I’ll let you know after I have done this if it works.

Why wouldn’t I just put it on low heat in the drier? With a condensation drier, there is no low heat setting. It has to be high to condense to remove moisture. I have tried just the air setting and that does nothing to dry things. So perhaps a downside of a condensing drier is that you don’t have access to low heat if you need it to dry things.

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