US Cargo Control is your one stop shop for moving supplies. The company sells several styles of moving blankets, also known as moving pads, and sorts them into three categories for easy selection. We placed each category of blanket in the wash-machine and dryer (despite manufacturer instructions) to see how they held up.
The Best Category
The blankets featured in the best category are considered top of the line, premium moving pads. According to the manufacturer, they are all safe to wash in a wash-machine, but are recommended for line- dry not the dryer.
The Supreme moving blanket features heavy duty construction for exceptional durability. It is made with a woven cotton/ polyester blend fabric and is bound with woven polyester. When pulled from the wash-machine the Supreme remained in great condition. When the dryer cycle was complete it came out soft. However, it did show some signs of fraying along the binding after the dryer.
The Pro Mover moving blanket is a softer pad and is made with microfiber fabric. It is bound with woven polyester. It mirrored similar results to the Supreme style. It too looked good coming out of the wash-machine, but frayed a little on the binding after a round in the dryer.
The Performance moving blanket is a lighter pad made from a woven cotton/polyester blend of fabric and bound with woven polyester. It came out of both the wash-machine and dryer fuzzy, though the binding remained in good condition.
All three styles featured in the best category took 48 minutes to dry.
The Better Category
The moving pads featured in the better category are a more middle-of-the-road blanket. The manufactures do not recommend putting these blankets in the wash-machine or dryer.
The Mega Mover moving blanket is made with a woven-polyester fabric and is bound with non-woven polyester. This style of blanket appeared unharmed after a round in the wash-machine and dryer. It did not experience any fraying or fuzz.
The Multi Mover moving blanket is made with a woven and non-woven polyester blend and is bound with non-woven polyester. It also appeared unharmed after cycles in both the washer and dryer; no noticeable fraying or fuzz.
The Camo moving blanket is unique in that it comes in a green camouflage pattern. It is made with woven polyester fabric and bound with non-woven polyester. It too came out of the washer and dryer in good condition – no fuzz or fraying.
All three styles featured in the better category took 48 minutes to dry.
The Good Category
The moving blankets featured in the good category are the most cost conscious blanket styles. Our manufactures do not recommend placing these blankets in the wash-machine or dryer.
The Econo Deluxe moving blanket is made from a non-woven polyester fabric and is bound with non-woven polyester. It did not hold up well in the wash-machine and produced a lot of fuzz. It came out of the dryer soft, but was still in tough shape.
The Econo Mover moving blanket is made from a non-woven polyester fabric and is bound also with non-woven polyester. It produced fuzz coming out of the wash-machine and dryer. Overall, it wasn’t in good shape after a full laundry cycle.
The Econo Saver moving blanket is made from non-woven polyester fabric and is bound with non-woven polyester. This style also produced mass amounts of fuzz in the wash-machine, but the dryer cycle was the most concerning. The blanket appeared to fuse with itself – causing some damage to the integrity of the blanket.
All three good styles took a mere 18 minutes to dry. Considering the amount of fuzz and dust produced it likely isn’t a good idea (for the sake of your wash-machine and dryer) that you risk putting these blankets through a full wash-cycle.
In conclusion, it is likely best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and only machine wash moving blankets featured in the best category (line dry). Some of the blankets did decently well in the washer and dryer, but we can’t guarantee that will be the case the first time, or every time after.
Wash and dry at your own risk.