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Autumn is officially here. The temperature has dropped and with a change in season comes a change in furnishings and wardrobe.
If you are currently pulling out the winter blankets, Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap (opens in new tab) reveals how to clean a blanket to keep it extra soft. Along with other tips to prepare your soft furnishings for autumn.
1.Wash blankets carefully with vinegar
After months stowed away, it is important to give any throws or knitwear a wash to refresh them.
'While it's tempting to douse your sweaters or blankets in fabric softener to make them softer, natural alternatives are often just as good, it not more effective,' explains Deyan. 'Soak the pieces in a white vinegar and water solution for about 20 minutes, drain and always lay your wollens flat to dry.'
2.Opt for natural fibres when buying new throws
'Not many 'woolly' sweaters and blankets are actually made from 100 per cent wool,' says Deyan. 'As some fibres fray more than others, different combinations can wreak havoc on your skin.'
When you can Deyan recommends opting for high quality natural fibres such as cotton, cashmere and wool. These fabrics should wear better and feel much cosier.
3.Invest in soft furnishings that make your home warmer
Cushions and throws are great for creating a cosy feeling in the colder months. There is also the added bonus that they will provide an extra layer of insulation.
'Thermal-lined curtains can help retain heat, and rugs can provide an extra cosy feel. Particularly, if you have tiles or floorboards,' points out Deyan. 'Keep fluffy rugs clean with a steam cleaner and non-foam carpet detergent, to keep them looking fresh and new.'
4.Make sure your summer items are stored away
Spring isn't the only time for a deep clean, Autumn is the ideal time to clean and store any items you're not going to be needing over the next few months.
'In the autumn and winter months, wash, thoroughly dry and fold your most treasured garments into air-tight storage boxes to avoid moths quietly having their way with them,' advises Deyan.
'Make sure to remove any plastic wrapping, as it will trap moist air and could cause mould and mildew to form. Pop particularly delicate items, such as satin or silk dresses, into more breathable cotton garment bags and hang as normal.'
Are your soft furnishings ready for the new season?
Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.
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