Over the course of a week, I get many messages asking “How can I get my horse blankets cleaner?” or “How can I get better results?” So let’s discuss ways you can get your horse blankets cleaner! First, have you checked out this post on how we suggest caring for your horse blankets and pet wear? If not, check it out HERE but make sure you come back to finish this one too! If you have read that, and you’re still scratching your head…keep reading.
Best Ways to get your Pet Wear Cleaner
Wash your pet wear as soon after your pet wear is soiled or removed for the season. Leaving urine, mud, and grime set into fabrics only makes it harder to remove residues once dry. Also, leaving urine and mud on a horse blanket will only degrade the fabric AND the factory applied waterproofing. If weather is still not steady, try hosing off dirt, manure, grime. Then wash when weather is steady enough to fully wash, waterproof and put away for the season.
Use a washing machine that is large enough and strong enough. If your machine isn’t large enough or strong enough for your horse wear to move, and scrub , you’re not going to get it super clean. There needs to be enough space in the machine for your horse wear or pet wear to move around and allow water and soap to get into all the folds, as well as to allow all the water and soap to escape. A good hint that the machine may be too small, or over crowded is if you notice marbling or streaks of dirt that remain after washing. Try washing off your horse wear with a hose and a gentle scrub brush before washing in a household machine.
If you notice stains before washing, or have spots that did not come clean. Rewashing is typically not needed if your machine is strong and large enough. But even if your horse wear is getting washed as soon as possible…sometimes stains or tough spots are inevitable. If you have known stains, make sure you pre-treat the spot with a little soap, scrub it in and let it sit for a few minutes. If, when you remove an item you find that you have marks, try applying soap to the area while wet, scrub, and wash before it dries. It is important to know that we do not consider Blanket Safe a stain fighter. Many of the harsh chemicals in normal detergents or stain fighters have been removed from our products to allow them to be safe for the waterproofing, and animal. Try pre-treating or re-treating, gentle scrubbing and washing/rewash.
Dirt remaining in webbing nooks and stitching. In the grand scheme of things this isn’t a big deal. However to get these areas cleaner or whiter on some of the webbing there are somethings that can be done. Usually, a gentle power washing of the binding, webbing, or straps will work to remove any ground in dirt, grime and manure. **Please note, this is not a suggestion to power wash the entire blanket. Doing so may ruin fabric and waterproofing.
Make sure you’re using Blanket Safe. Blanket Safe is unlike many other horse blanket washes. Designed specifically for horse wear and pet wear, Blanket Safe is a safe and effective alternative to laundry detergents or chemicals. It is a unique wash that safely cleans without harsh chemicals. Blankets and animals need specialty care, as to not irritate skin, ruin fabric, eliminate waterproofing. But washes must still effectively remove odors, dirt, and grime. Blanket Safe works best on the modern day fabrics used for pet wear, odors and waterproofing, without having to use more soap than expected, and without causing damage. Plus, sensitive skinned animals are safe with Blanket Safe! Try using Blanket Safe in cold water for best results, and using while dirt, and grime are fresh. Looking for more information on Why Blanket Safe is important? Check here
Summary of How to Get Horse Blanket Cleaner
Make sure you are washing your horse wear as soon as it becomes soiled, or ready to put away for the season. Use a washing machine that is large enough and strong enough will help get your investments cleaner…the first wash. Pre-treat/re-treat, scrub, and wash/rewash any set in stains. Don’t forget, Blanket Safe is not considered a stain fighter. Blanket Safe does not use harsh chemicals that are often known for stain removing. A gentle power washing to webbing, binding, and straps may help to get out all the ground in dirt, and grime. By using Blanket Safe, you will protect your expensive investments, clean them effectively and safely, and make sure that your beloved friend’s skin is not at risk for getting irritated. Have more questions? Message me!