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post #1 of 9 Old 06-29-2013, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Washing Rugs

Hey guys, I just got 7 horse rugs off a friend of mine whose horse passed away. Theyre in great condition, but quite dirty. How do you wash them? There are 3 winter rugs, 2 rain sheets, and 2 stable rugs. I would think powerwashing and scrubbing for the winter rugs and maybe the rain sheets, but then what about the stable rugs? Thanks :)
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Bump.. Anyone? :/
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-30-2013, 07:40 PM
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For the big projects like those, I must confess on the rare occasion when I need to do a clean, I wait until late spring or summer. I don't differentiate on type - they all get the same treatment. I lay them out on the lawn, use the garden hose on them and hang them on my clothesline to dry. Tricky spots may get a hand wash with soap and a sponge/scrub brush before the overall hosing.
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Alright, thanks :)
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Take them to the car wash.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-01-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Really? The car wash?
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-01-2013, 03:05 PM
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I clean and repair horse blankets for a living I am in Newberg Oregon. Robin's Equine Service. Lots of rain and mud here. I have a 50 lb commercial washing machine. I can put two smaller blankets at once in it. Some laundry mats will let you do horse blankets some won't. Here is the important part Do Not Use Detergent on your turn out blankets It will ruin them and hang to dry.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-01-2013, 03:11 PM
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US washing machines come in great sizes - I can get all but the really thick outdoor rugs/blankets in the one I have. I hang them on a fence to dry or if its not good weather drape them over a frame I have in my mechanicals area of the basement
I send my thick ones to a horse rug laundry service
Don't forget to re-proof outdoor rugs/blankets
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-01-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Alright thank for the advice guys! I'll do the stable rugs and rain sheets by hand then ill send the winter ones to a cleaning service :) I think Greenhawk does it.
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