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post #11 of 13 Old 06-25-2010, 08:11 AM
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Hose with the good pressure and a stiff brush work just fine for me for 3 years in row already (I still use the same blankets). We have just one laundromat around and I'm afraid to even show up there (because I know some local people used to wash VERY dirty western pads there). So I'm pretty positive they'd go nuts.
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-25-2010, 08:42 AM
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Medium weight and below I shove them into my home washing machine (front loader) and use oxy clean and normal detergent.
I hang them on the fence outside to dry.

If there is lots of hair on them I take the shop vac to them prior to putting them in the washing machine.

Heavy weights I take to the laundromat and use the triple loader.
It is very hard to find a laundromat that allows pet laundry to be washed in their machines. The one I used to use now has signs that say no pet or horse laundry.
Be sure to clean up after yourself if you use the laundromat so they do not restrict you in the future. A horse blanket does make a mess. I bring extra towels to wipe the floor up when I am done (they always drip when you take them out, even when they spin well) and I either wipe out the machine or run another load putting nothing in it, to get it cleaned out.

This year I had my heavy weight cleaned by a service. It was nice, they picked it up and dropped it off all neat and folded. It cost $30 to have it washed and a couple of small rips repaired.
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My mom once took Pumpkins blankets into the laundromat and the whole place STUNK!! one man walked down the stairs, then doubled over holding his nose and screamed "WHAT DIED IN HERE?!?!?!"
My response?
"my horses blanket."
his response?
"oh."
and he just walked away non-dramatically.
he left me with this expression o_0
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