Washing and Care Instructions

Wondering about the washing instructions for your fleece sheets? Did something get on your favorite blanket, pillow, or throw? Don’t stress over washing it; we’ve got you covered with easy care instructions!

The label is your friend.
All Berkshire Blanket goodies have a sewn in tag with specific care instructions for that product. If yours is still attached, please follow those for the best cleaning results.

Wait, what do these symbols mean?
Have you ever wondered what all those laundry care symbols are for? You're not alone! Here are the most-used symbols on Berkshire Blanket care instruction tags:

Laundry care symbol machine wash cold gentle cycle

Machine wash cold, gentle cycle.

Laundry care symbol non-chlorine bleach as needed

Non-chlorine bleach as needed.

Laundry care symbol tumble dry no heat

Tumble dry,
no heat.

Laundry care symbol line dry

Line dry.

Laundry care symbol do not iron

Do not iron.

Need more help deciphering care symbols? Download our printable Guide to Laundry Care Symbols for a comprehensive list of common symbols. (Adobe Acrobat is needed to view the guide. Download the program for free here.)

No tag? No problem!
If the tag isn’t attached or can’t be read, you’re not out of luck. Use the search box above to look up your product and find specific care instructions for it.

Can’t find the product or don’t know what it’s called?
It’s OK! While the specific care label is best, we have general washing instructions that you can follow.

I’m trying to clean (choose below):


Plush or Fleece Polyester Throws and Blankets
This includes (but is not limited to): Extra-Fluffy, VelvetLoft, Serasoft®, SoSoft, Shimmersoft, Shearloft, Bunnysoft, Polymink, Polartec®, Microfleece, Velvet Soft Blankets, Fluffie Blankets, Indulgence Blankets, Opulence Blankets, Timeless Comfort Blankets, and Modern Comfort Blankets.

We know you want to keep your favorite plush or fleece feeling as soft as the day you first cuddled with it. To ensure years of cozy comfort, wash separately in cold water on the gentle cycle using your usual detergent. Use only non-chlorine bleach as needed. We recommend line drying but if you’re in a hurry, you can also put the blanket in the dryer on the no heat setting (sometimes called ‘air fluff’).

You may be asking, “Is washing separately on the gentle cycle and air drying really necessary?” And the answer is: yes, it is!

Here’s why: when you wash your blanket in a fully loaded washing machine, the fabrics rub against everything else that is in the wash. This can cause the fibers to get matted (sometimes referred to as pebbling), ball up into little round bits that come off (pilling) or stands of fibers that come loose (the dreaded shedding). Sometimes your blanket can pick up fibers from other laundry it's washed with, leading to discolored pilling that is not attractive or nice feeling. So separate really is best!

Heat can also damage the fibers, which is why we recommend air or line drying. The good news is that the washing machine’s spin cycle usually does a great job getting most of the water out and the blankets don’t take very long to dry!

And if that doesn’t convince you, just take a look at this picture:

An Extra-Fluffy Blanket that was not washed properly and what it used to look like

On the left is an Extra-Fluffy blanket that wasn't washed separately and was put in the dryer on high heat. See how matted and pilled it is? Yuck!

On the right is a blanket that was washed properly.

Don’t let the left side happen to you!

Other things to know about the care of your blanket: For the same reason that you shouldn’t use a heat setting in the dryer, you shouldn’t iron your plush or fleece blanket either. We also don’t recommend using bleach or fabric softeners, as these chemicals can actually make the blanket feel less soft over time. If you have a stubborn stain, non-chlorine bleach is A-OK.

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Cotton Blankets or Throws
This includes (but is not limited to): Egyptian cotton, Ringspun cotton, Triple Knit cotton

For best results, wash your cotton blanket separately in cold water on the gentle cycle with your usual detergent. If you need extra cleaning power, you can use non-chlorine bleach. These natural fiber blankets are perfectly safe to put in the dryer on the “no heat” or “low heat” setting. Take care to not overload the washer or dryer or use a high heat during laundering; this can cause excessive heat or agitation that will damage your cotton blanket.

Ringspun and Egyptian Cotton: A warm iron can be used as needed.

Triple Knit only: This blanket can also be dry cleaned.

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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 it and launder 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 cloth (washcloths are perfect for this) 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.

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Cuddly Buddies® Throws
Cozy adventures can sometimes lead to less than clean Cuddly Buddies. But no worries, your child’s pal is easily washed! Simply toss the throw in the washing machine with your usual detergent. You’ll want to wash the blanket separately in cold water on the gentle cycle for best results.

When the wash is finished, hang up your Cuddly Buddies throw to air dry (it won’t take long!), or he or she can go in the dryer on the air fluff cycle. Heat is not a friend of this throw, so make sure you don’t use a heat setting in the dryer and definitely don’t come near it with an iron.

To keep your throw cuddly soft and looking its best, stick with non-chlorine bleach and don’t use fabric softeners.

Wondering why you need to wash separately on cold? We have the answer here.

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Microfleece and Polarfleece® Sheets
Your microfleece sheets are not only amazing in bed, they also clean up well too! Follow these easy instructions for washing your fleece sheets and you’ll enjoy years of cozy softness.

For best results, wash your sheets separately from other laundry in cold water using your regular detergent. If extra cleaning power is needed, you can use non-chlorine bleach without worry.

The washing machine’s spin cycle usually does a great job of getting all of the excess water out of the sheets. You can tumble dry them on a low heat setting. Or go old school and hang them up to air dry--they should be ready in no time!

Avoid high heat and excessive agitation to keep your sheets soft and pill free.

What does that mean? Simply put – make sure you don’t overload the washer or dryer (washing them separately really is best), use the gentle cycle, and don’t use high heat in the washer or dryer. And definitely don’t iron them!

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Faux Fur
Our luxury throws require a little bit more care. Most of our faux fur is dry clean only or spot clean with a mild detergent (learn about spot cleaning here). The major exception to this is baby blankets. Obviously, those need to be washable!

To clean our faux fur baby blankets, machine wash separately in cold water on the gentle cycle. Use only non-chlorine bleach for extra cleaning power, if needed. Line dry, or if you’re in a hurry, you can use the dryer on a no heat setting—usually called “air fluff”.

What are the “don'ts” when washing these luxury baby blankets? Definitely don’t bleach, iron, or use fabric softeners. At worst, these will ruin the fabric and at best, the blanket just won’t feel as nice as it once did.

Wondering why you need to wash separately on cold? We have the answer here.

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Alpaca, Mohair, or Bamboo
These natural fibers are luxurious, but they are also delicate. Therefore, we recommend that any blankets or throws with these fibers be dry cleaned only.

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Forever Safe with Antimicrobial Silver
As awesome as our antimicrobial Forever Safe fabric is, you’re still going to need to wash it at some point—after all, it is made for babies! Thankfully, it’s not any more complicated than your regular baby laundry.

For best results, machine wash cold separately with your usual detergent. Tumble dry on low heat as high heat and some of our Forever Safe fabrics do not play nicely together. For this same reason, please don’t iron the fabric either.

We do not recommend fabric softeners. And this is a big no-no: do not bleach. Seriously, don’t. We know you want your baby’s clothes and blankie really clean but bleach will adversely affect the properties of silver, which is a fancy way of saying it won’t fight germs anymore. That’s bad news, friends.

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