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post #1 of 14 Old 01-03-2011, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Any tips on how to clean a turnout blanket?

My horse and my colt both have turn out blankets for the winter season. I take them off during the warmer days, and put them back on for the cold nights. Since they're waterproof turnouts (Tough1 brands) I use them for when it's icy rain and snow. However, due to horse sweat and rain they're starting to smell a little. I'm probably not going to put a whole lot into cleaning them while it's still winter, but I was wondering if anyone had any tips to get them clean for storage in the spring. I didn't think I could put them in my own washer and dryer because of all the hardware, and my mom suggested just taking them to the cleaners.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-03-2011, 06:54 PM
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If you live in a horsey area, you'll probably be able to find a "blanket cleaning service" that you can drop them off to. They'll wash, repair, re-waterproof as needed.

Or, you can sneak them into the laundromat. I do that... it takes a few drive-bys to figure out an optimum time to sneak them in when not that many people are around, though . I try to fold them so they look like (very dirty) sleeping bags, no straps hanging out. Then afterwards try to keep drips to a minimum as I take them back to the car. Then, before I leave I run the machines while they're empty to get excess dirt/hair out.

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Hmm. That's a good suggestion! Personally, I'd spend the money to send it to a professional to get it repaired and cleaned, but my fiance says "What? It only costs a couple bucks at the laundromat!" So it looks like I'll have to sneak them in in the spring ;)

Maybe I'll clean it myself, but at least get it re- waterproofed.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-03-2011, 07:23 PM
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I re-waterproof mine with Camp Dry, the stuff for tents. Pretty cheap at Walmart!

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awesome! Thanks for the tip!
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-03-2011, 08:52 PM
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How soon do blankets lose their waterproof properties? I never thought of re-waterproofing them. Do Camp Dry render the fabric no longer breatheable?

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Around here there is a washateria that everyone uses the super capacity washer at to do theirs. Next warm day mine are headed to the fence to get a washing from the pressure washer, then hung to dry.
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When I cleaned my blanket for summer storage, I used the 'heavy' cycle on my washing machine- the machine is fine. Just never, never put them in the dryer. Ever. It melts the straps and messes up the fabric.
After washing it I always re-waterproof with campdry or a similar product. It costs around 8-10 dollars. Just use a whole can of it per blanket, and do it outside. I draped mine over a couple lawn chairs to do it.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-04-2011, 01:53 AM
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Local tack shop here charges $15 and returns them sealed up for summer storage. Since my horse has put two tiny holes in her new turnout, I am going to have them clean it once it warms up here, since they'll repair the holes for only a few dollars more.

I used a pressure washer on her old blanket and then draped it over the fencing to dry. Worked well.
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How soon do blankets lose their waterproof properties? I never thought of re-waterproofing them. Do Camp Dry render the fabric no longer breatheable?
This is the second winter for 2 of my horses' medium weights. I didn't re-waterproof them after washing them last spring and I have noticed that if the horses are out in a downpour, they'll be a little damp under the seams... nothing major, but they are totally waterproof anymore, just very water resistant.

I ususally re-waterproof mine every year, but last spring it was stuck on the "back burner" and didn't happen. Camp Dry doesn't affect breathability.

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