Chenille throws are cosy blankets to place on the bed or couch for a chilly evening. Most noted for the soft texture of the fabric, these throws can be quite frustrating when it comes to cleaning. The most notorious traits for washing a chenille throw is the drying application. The fabric can be removed by heavy agitation, creating fluff on any other items placed in the laundry cycle. Inexpensive throws may also unravel in a regular washing machine. Higher quality chenille throws can be machine washed, while lesser expensive throws may have to be cleaned by hand.
Place the throw into the washing machine. Evenly distribute the item around the agitation drum. When the chenille gets wet it will become extremely heavy. Wash only the throw and no other items.
Switch the cycle to "delicate" and allow the washer to fill with water. Add the detergent or Woolite-type fabric cleaner once the drum is full.
Allow the machine to run a full cycle. Keep on eye on the operation of the machine. The throw may gather to one side of the drum. This can cause the machine to shut off or skirt across the floor.
Remove from the washing machine and place into the dryer. Set the dryer for "light duty" or "delicates". Check the lint screen for fabric build-up during the drying cycle.
Fill a clean tub or bathtub with warm water. Add the detergent to the water and mix well with your hands. Wear rubber gloves if your hands are sensitive to the cleaner.
Place the chenille into the warm soapy solution. Press down on the fabric to fully immerse the blanket.
Allow the chenille throw to soak in the warm soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help to expand the fibres of the throw and loosen any impregnated dirt.
Work the fabric gently with your hands in the tub. Attempt to knead the throw over the entire surface. Drain the soapy water and refill with fresh warm water. Repeat the kneading action of the fabric with your hands.
Drain the tub and refill with colder water. Knead the fabric. Drain the tub one last time.
Roll the fabric to remove any excess water. Place the wooden clothes drying rack into the tub. Drape the chenille over the wooden rack and allow the throw to air dry.
Set the water level to high when washing a chenille throw in a machine. This will allow for full water immersion during the washing cycle. Turn the exhaust fan on in the bathroom during the wooden rack drying of the chenille. This will help to create an airflow in the small room.