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How do you maintain and clean your horse's blankets?

I use a professional, off-site blanket laundry service.
20%
211
My barn has an onsite washer and dryer for horse blankets and laundry.
6%
67
I take my horse blankets to the laundromat.
19%
201
I wash horse blankets at home.
36%
385
My horses don't wear blankets.
19%
199

Total votes cast: 1063

Comments & Write-in Answers

Hard to find the proper products

10/20/2013 4:41:33 PM

mostly wash with hose & brush and dry in sun

10/20/2013 12:50:02 AM

Most dry cleaners can do blankets - BEST place is a horse blanket cleaning/repair service

10/19/2013 8:00:22 PM

I hose off and scrub with dish soap and a broom while it is spread out on the grass or fence

10/19/2013 2:47:22 PM

laundromat only after sweeping, vacuuming, hosing and whatever else necessary to get the chunks off!

10/19/2013 11:31:35 AM

Two new blankets, tags still on after 7 years.

10/19/2013 10:38:24 AM

Except the really puffy winter blankets go to the laundromat.

10/19/2013 9:51:45 AM

unless they were to come down with something bad none worn!

10/19/2013 1:18:45 AM

I wash at home, but then have to de-hair the washer!

10/18/2013 9:13:03 PM

It ends up costing less to have a pro do it - and the results are better.

10/18/2013 7:35:23 PM

I also do some at home (lighter ones), and send out ones to a service (only if they need repair)

10/18/2013 3:50:51 PM

blanketed only in extreme weather, mostly coolers otherwise.

10/18/2013 11:09:36 AM

Front loading washer & dry on fence. Timed when spouse is away... ;-)

10/18/2013 10:51:49 AM

I launder them as infrequently as possible to protect waterproofing per mfr recommendations

10/18/2013 10:23:33 AM

Hose with hot water, scrub with broom

10/17/2013 9:18:31 PM

then after drying, spray them with a water-proofer.

10/17/2013 8:35:55 PM

Always remember to hang dry waterproof sheets!

10/17/2013 8:15:23 PM

hose off and soap up on fence to clean

10/17/2013 4:33:21 PM

Professionals use the right products and procedures and also repair damages

10/17/2013 12:20:59 PM

Our local laundromats do not permit horse blankets and I don't have a washer & dryer at home.

10/17/2013 11:41:20 AM

Someday I will get a washing machine at home big enough for my horse blankets!

10/17/2013 11:03:36 AM

It's a real PROBLEM- you have to sneak into the laundromat when no one is there - frowned upon

10/17/2013 9:52:05 AM

just hand wash,don't use a machine

10/17/2013 9:19:17 AM

I also wash the lighter ones at home. I also apply a waterproof spray as needed.

10/17/2013 8:08:05 AM

My blankets and washed and repaired yearly by a blanket repair service

10/17/2013 1:09:23 AM

I sometimes wash the lightweight ones at home, but the pro does a better job and does repairs.

10/17/2013 1:00:30 AM

I also buy special blanket wash from Schneiders Saddlery to keep them waterproof

10/16/2013 11:58:39 PM

After washing and drying. I spray it with tent or boot water proffing.

10/16/2013 10:09:33 PM

Machine washing/drying is hard on them. Only hose off and hand wash with mild soap. Hang to dry.

10/16/2013 9:25:37 PM

Brush them clean until brushing doesn't do it any more, then wash.

10/16/2013 9:04:05 PM

I use the hose on my turnout blankets in the spring, then hang on the line to dry.

10/16/2013 8:50:34 PM

I brush the mud and manure off them regularly and rotate wear through several t/o sheets and liners

10/16/2013 8:32:09 PM

I take mine to the car wash and put them in the hooks for car mats and power wash them

10/16/2013 8:30:56 PM

I definitely want to get a washing machine for the barn!

10/16/2013 7:55:33 PM

I do not blanket until the temps. go below 40, Last year we were above the 40 degree mark,

10/16/2013 7:55:01 PM

Don't use but I repair them and they must be clean first .hang on fence use pressior washer .

10/16/2013 6:53:04 PM

Sometime I hang on fence and hose off with a power nozzel

10/16/2013 6:01:11 PM

If I have a volunteer who will sit at the laundromat for HOURS, but I do a couple each load at home.

10/16/2013 5:48:02 PM

use a water blaster great for cleaning rugs

10/16/2013 5:40:59 PM

Super giant washer, Charlie's Soap (AWESOME CLEAN!), hang dry out of the sun

10/16/2013 4:25:48 PM

I use Nixwax waterproof detergent and wash my blankets at home and air dry them.

10/16/2013 4:20:53 PM

wash, hang dry, apply water repellent, store in rubbermaid tote

10/16/2013 4:16:27 PM

I am no longer competing, so our horses no longer wear blankets.

10/16/2013 4:05:31 PM

I use a blanket service for heavy blankets. But I wash sheets in the barn washer/dryer.

10/16/2013 4:04:09 PM

Ironic - this was the ? for an article where the scientific conclusion was "let horses be horses"

10/16/2013 2:43:19 PM

A great trick is to lay them out on the garage floor and vacuum them before laundering!

10/16/2013 1:27:31 PM

I also wash them at home.

10/16/2013 12:50:30 PM

Our tack room has laundry, with hang dry for blankets to be water-repeled black lighting system.

10/16/2013 12:11:45 PM

To help keep clean, I put a regular sheet under and on top of the stable blanket while inside

10/16/2013 11:54:59 AM

I then spray with Scotchguard to waterproof.

10/16/2013 11:51:11 AM

I spread them out on my driveway and wash them with the hose and a horse blanket detergent.

10/16/2013 10:39:59 AM

High pressure water hose

10/16/2013 10:31:26 AM

Year end professional cleaning, but brush/broom throughout season to take off excess mud, manure etc

10/16/2013 9:32:07 AM

Don't need blankets often.Just when really cold.I usually brush blankets well and air out for storin

10/16/2013 8:58:46 AM

I wash them at home with a power washer and re-waterproof them as often as necessary.

10/16/2013 8:43:10 AM

They are way to expensive, but if it gets really cold, or starts snowing, I put her in the barn.

10/16/2013 8:19:43 AM

Blankets are ready to go for the extreme wet, cold conditions

10/16/2013 8:10:05 AM

I always rinse my blanks after each ride, while washing my horse.

10/16/2013 6:53:15 AM

Shelter, windbreaks,plenty of feed they don't need blankets. Blankets "can" hurt more than help

10/16/2013 2:06:17 AM

I always wipe out washers and dryers, so that no horse hair is left in the machines.

10/16/2013 1:28:46 AM

Good stiff brushing and a strong hosing off.

10/16/2013 1:08:49 AM

I use soap for the inside and power wash the outside

10/16/2013 1:02:07 AM

I am the professional service!

10/15/2013 11:28:24 PM

I use a cotton rug under the blanket rug because the cotton is easier to wash.

10/15/2013 10:55:09 PM

Laundromat works better than home machine!

10/15/2013 10:28:51 PM

Wash light blankets at home, heavier ones hose off at end of season use

10/15/2013 10:04:37 PM

For repairs, I use a blanket service.

10/15/2013 9:12:23 PM

I wash the heavier ones at the laundromat and the lighter ones at home.

10/15/2013 9:05:47 PM

Washed and proofed annually

10/15/2013 7:45:13 PM

If the blankets need repairs, they are cleaned and repaired.

10/15/2013 7:34:34 PM

I soak areas with manure with Nature's Miracle before washing in the front loader. Never use a dryer

10/15/2013 7:16:26 PM

Why go to laundromat when I have one in my basement?

10/15/2013 7:06:10 PM

Scrub with EQ blanket wash, rinse well, hang on fence to dry. Works great.

10/15/2013 7:00:07 PM

I avoid detergent, which ruins waterproofing, and use Nikwax "Rug Wash" and "Rug Proof". Works great

10/15/2013 6:59:12 PM

Sometimes I wash with pressure washer but have to be careful.

10/15/2013 6:50:28 PM

Back when I did blanket, I took them to the laundromat (which had heavy duty machines for such uses)

10/15/2013 6:06:11 PM

But light wt blankets, polar fleece blankets & coolers I take to the laundromat & wash 'em myself.

10/15/2013 6:04:46 PM

I do also use a professional service as well, especially for repairs, but mostly wash them myself.

10/15/2013 5:27:21 PM

I wash fly sheets at home, but take winter/rain blankets to the laundromat.

10/15/2013 5:21:59 PM

Not the best for my washer, but more convenient to do them at home.

10/15/2013 5:06:43 PM

I wash some at home but have them all professionally cleaned and boxed in the late spring.

10/15/2013 5:01:24 PM

fleece sheets go in the washer, insulated blankets are washed by hand in a 40 gallon stock tank

10/15/2013 4:59:18 PM

I use Eqyss blanket wash at home on the lighter weight ones and take the others to laundramat.s

10/15/2013 4:59:01 PM

all are kept in their own plastic containers unless on the horse

10/15/2013 4:58:06 PM

I wash them in a product to preserve the waterproofing.

10/15/2013 4:45:57 PM

Actually car wash! clip to mat clips and pressure wash, then spray with vinegar and line dry!

10/15/2013 4:45:19 PM

Hand wash outside once a year before storing otherwise they are wearing them!

10/15/2013 4:04:27 PM

I live in SoCal and do not show my mare. So I just let her grow her coat as nature intended

10/15/2013 3:10:00 PM

Recently moved, before now used a laundry service

10/15/2013 2:20:00 PM

My wish: A Laundromat that allows us to wash our own blankets/saddle pads!

10/15/2013 2:16:25 PM

I'll go to the laundromat for the really heavy blankets!

10/15/2013 1:56:49 PM

Don't blanket as a rule, but use prof cleaner to keep the ones I have clean

10/15/2013 1:46:30 PM

At home or sneak them to the local laundromat late at night. :)

10/15/2013 9:43:24 AM

heavy blankets go to the service; lighter oners get washed at home

10/15/2013 9:33:24 AM

Wish I could choose more than one - the easy cleans I do at home, others I send to prof. cleaner.

10/15/2013 8:46:31 AM

I wash mine at home but wrap all the metal clips etc. with cloths and elastics, works well.

10/15/2013 8:42:25 AM

Only my old boy wears one and very rarely, haven't needed to wash it yet.

10/15/2013 8:37:26 AM

The laundromat I go to in Lexington, Ky., has several machines solely for washing horse blankets.

10/15/2013 8:08:27 AM

Do check the cleaning instructions. Putting in a dryer could ruin the rain repellent blankets, etc.

10/15/2013 8:06:03 AM

Scrub by hand, rinse with hose, hang over metal gate to dry. Can only do this in warm weather, thoug

10/15/2013 2:13:49 AM