Restoring a sherpa blanket, that was very matted, to its original coziness.
I have a favorite blanket. There I said it!
I have tried others. Heaven knows I have enough blankets to cozy up with but, there is THE ONE!
It was VERY matted as sherpa blankets tend to get. By the way, I have learned some care tips that I will share below.
So, back to the blanket. I needed to either fix it or get rid of it.
As the name suggests, SALVAGE SISTER, an attempt to save will be made!
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Restoring Sherpa Blanket Supplies
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I watched some videos on Tiktok of people trying all sorts of items to restore theirs so I tested using mostly what I already had.
What I started with:
- Spray bottle (I used a little bottle but next time I would use this continuous spray bottle)
- Conditioner BTW- this is a great way to use a conditioner you didn’t like, a sample, or hotel toiletries.
- Pet brush
If you don’t have some of the items, the dollar store might be a good option, but I will say you will want a decent pet brush as this is not a project for a poorly made tool.
The idea is to soften the blanket with a mixture of product (conditioner) and water. I used a cheap hair conditioner, to brush it out essentially.
Steps to Restoring Sherpa Blanket
- Wash the blanket (see tips below), but don’t dry it. Let it partially air dry before starting.
- Lay the blanket out on a flat surface.
- Since this process will take some time, the blanket will dry out. Once it does, spray it with a conditioner/water mixture, in sections.
- Take a pet brush (new one or disinfected one) and brush like your life depends on it.
The edges were the toughest spot for me. They were the most matted down so it seemed to take half of forever. I’m not gonna lie, I did think about giving up but the softness lured me back in. Plus, I didn’t want to spend money on a new one and throw it away honestly.
Unfortunately or fortunately, I blanked out during the process, and am not sure how long it took. Almost like forgetting the pains of childbirth..kidding -kind of. I just did it when I had some time. BUT, I did learn some things along the way.
Tips for Restoring Sherpa
- Laying the blanket out on a large ottoman was the best for me especially after the edges were done. I tried the floor and just held it while I was sitting. Both of these options weren’t as effective…again except for the edge. Once I had the blanket on the ottamon I could do long strokes and that helped it go faster.
- I tried the conditioner water and just water. I LOVED the smell of the conditioner, I used strawberry, but I am not convinced it helped the process. It smelled GREAT after it was done though.
- This is a messy process (see above). Keep that in mind with what you wear and how to contain the mess.
- Have a cheer squad cause you may want to give up. It will be worth it IF you love the blanket, love saving money, and reducing waste!
How to Care for a Sherpa Blanket
You have your beautiful restored sherpa, now what?
How to avoid getting into this mess every time you wash the blanket.
- Gentle wash, cold water, and mild detergent
- And for the love of all that’s holy, tumble dry on low heat or air dry!!!!!! Learn from me. Most sherpas have some polyester and it seems to fuse together in a hot dryer.
- Experts seem to suggest only washing once a month. The more friction it has the more issues you have.
- If possible, spot clean instead of throwing it in the wash.
More Salvaged Projects
If you are interested in how we waste less and live more, here are a few more projects to check out:
- Do you have a puzzle with missing pieces? Here are some ideas on how to use those pieces for some crafts.
- These wood-slice garden markers are a fun spring project.
- And, a personal favorite. What do you make with bubble wrap? Well, I made hydrangeas.