You bought a new electric blanket for your bed, but you can’t figure out how to get it to work. You’ve searched on the internet for instructions, but you still can’t get it to work.
Here’s how to put an electric blanket on a bed easily.
1. Study the instructions provided – Many electric blankets come with a set of instructions. Read those before you start your project. Read all the safety precautions, and see how it’s done. Some electric blankets have a single cord with a plug on the end. Others have two cords, one for power and one for ground. If yours has two, read carefully about how to attach them. Some models don’t require attaching the wires at all – some are ready to use right out of the box.
2. Assess your layering options – Electric blankets are available in different levels of warmth, and some are designed to be used under the sheets. Check your instructions for any specific layering limits, but if you can use it underneath the sheets, then do that. If not, then use it over the top like a traditional blanket.
3. Adjust Setting Controls – It’s usually a good idea to start with the controls set on low when you’re working out how to put an electric blanket on a bed for the first time. Be careful not to touch the wires or accidentally pull them loose from their connections. This can cause overheating, which presents a fire hazard and is unsafe in general. If it feels too warm, switch it off and try again on a lower setting.
4. Find the Right Temperature – Keep adjusting the controls until you find the right temperature. It should feel warm, but not too hot – that’s how to put an electric blanket on a bed right! You might need more or less warmth than your partner does, so check with them first.
Electric Blanket Tips
– Wash your new electric blanket before using it the first time. Make sure not to leave it in the dryer too long or you will damage the wiring inside.
– Even though the recommended temperature to wash an electric blanket is cool, you can always wash it at a hotter temperature. Run your washer’s smallest load size with two towels for padding. This will help protect the heating wires from damage during laundering. If there are any malfunctioning spots on your blanket, make sure they are facing away from the towels, for more protection.
– Make sure the blanket is completely dry before using it. If you need to speed up drying time, try setting your washer on the “extended spin” cycle and putting in a large load of bath towels. You can also put a dry towel in with it to help extract the moisture from the blanket. If you use the “extended spin” cycle with just a large load of bath towels, that may not be enough to fully extract all moisture from your electric blanket and it will take longer to dry.
– Do not put your electric blanket in the dryer unless your washing machine has an agitator (a central protrusion inside the washtub) in the middle of it. If your machine does not have an agitator, your electric blanket will be damaged by the tumbling action inside the dryer.
– Do not use bleach on your electric blanket unless your washing instructions say that you can use bleach or if you are getting mold growing on it from excessive sweat or body condensation. Bleach will damage the heating wires inside your blanket. If you have no other option but to use bleach, make sure you put it in at a cooler temperature to prevent damage from the heat!
– Do not place your electric blanket in the dryer with wet spots on it or water trapped in any part of it. You may end up damaging the heating wires inside your electric blanket.
– Make sure your electric blanket is completely dry before using it. If you desperately need to use your blanket, hang it in a window or outside on a clothesline where there is plenty of air circulation. This will make the drying process faster and will prevent damage to the blanket’s wiring from trapped moisture.
– Do not put your electric blanket through the wash if it has an attached control pad unless your washing instructions specifically say that you can do this without any risk of damage to the heating wires inside. If you are unsure about whether or not you should use water on your electric blanket containing a wired control pad, call the manufacturer first.
– Check your electric blanket regularly for loose wiring. If you find any, call the manufacturer’s customer service line and find out if it is still under warranty.
– For best results, turn off your electric blanket before getting into bed after using it. This will help prevent moisture from building up on the wires inside which can cause mold to grow.
– Do not use your electric blanket for more than eight hours straight. This can cause the wires inside to overheat, which may damage them.
– Replace your electric blanket if it has worn out. Most manufacturers give a six-month warranty on their heating elements; after that period replace your blanket even if there are no problems with it. Worn-out heating elements may cause injury to you or a fire hazard!
– Electric blankets should not be used as the primary heat source in any household where there are small children, disabled persons, or elderly people living. Make sure your electric blanket is turned off and unplugged before going to sleep each night, especially if you have small children or pets in your household who may not know any better than to crawl on the blanket. If your electric blanket is damaged, call the manufacturer immediately to find out what steps need to be taken to replace it.
– Never put anything else besides bedding inside an electric blanket. This includes heating pads, hot water bottles, and heated mattress pads. The wires inside could become damaged if they come into contact with anything that gives off heat or conducts electricity.
– If you do not plan on using your electric blanket for a long period, unplug it and put it in an airtight plastic bag to protect it from dust and damage.
– If you have two blankets in your bed, make sure they are not plugged in at the same time. This can cause your wires to overheat and could damage your blankets or even catch them on fire!
Can I wash my electric blanket?
It is best to check the tag on your electric blanket to see if it specifically says that washing or drying in a dryer is safe. If you do not have an electric blanket with this tag, then it is probably best to have it professionally cleaned rather than attempt laundry at home.
Washing an electric blanket can cause damage to the heating wires inside, so if you do choose to wash your blanket, then follow the care instructions on the tag very carefully and make sure that it is completely dry before using it. You may also want to consider purchasing a new blanket instead of attempting washing.
Can electric blankets cause fires?
Not specifically. However, whenever you have any type of electrical device in your home, there is a chance that it could cause a fire. Follow basic precautions in regards to using electrical appliances in your home and always remember to turn off electric blankets before going to sleep at night!