Washing Alpaca Blanket

Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 08:54 AM
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Washing Alpaca Blanket

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I traveled to Peru in October and purchased a throw blanket in the market. It is a tightly woven design of bright colors. I'm not sure if it is 100% alpaca or some synthetic but it is not fluffy, it's just soft and pretty flat. I've had it sitting in the shopping bag from when I bought it since I returned because I don't know how to wash it. I plan to place it on a white couch and will probably only use it once a month. Do I need to wash it before I put it on the couch? I would prefer to wash it before I use it but I'm so afraid of messing it up. Does anyone have any information on washing this type of throw blanket? How do I make sure the colors don't run or fade? Thank you for any and all help.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 10:36 AM
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>>How do I make sure the colors don't run or fade?
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Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 11:44 AM
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I'd treat it like an oriental rug. Beat or shake it to get out any dust, and once you determine the colors won't run, rinse in cold water and dry flat.
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Personally, I would never put it on a white sofa.
Even products made in the US or somewhere you might expect better quality, can run/ rub off on other things .. especially white things.
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Rub a wet towel on it and see if any color transfers..different colors may react differently. A corner may not test all colors.

If you want to test whether it is synthetic, snip some stray threads and melt with a match. A hard bead that you can't crush means you got "fleeced."

Chances are it is acrylic or a blend, made with commercial dyes.
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