Fleece blankets are relatively stain resistant due to their natural water wicking properties; however, several substances can penetrate the surface of the material. When this happens, remove the stain as quickly as possible before it sets. Always follow recommended care guidelines to avoid fabric pilling.
If possible, determine the cause of the stain. This helps you determine the product to use to get it out. Next, put the fleece throw in cold water, as this may loosen the stain. After letting the stain soak, apply a commercial stain remover or detergent directly to it with a sponge. Choose a suitable stain remover for fleece. Allow the chosen product to set on the stain for at least an hour prior to rinsing it in a cold water bath. For stubborn ink stains, directly apply hairspray to the area and blot it with a paper towel as the ink liquefies. Further treat oil-based stains with rubbing alcohol after first using an oil stain remover. Never use white vinegar on synthetic fleece, as it may damage the fibres.
When working with small stains, you may prefer to simply spot-treat the area of concern. After filling the sink or bucket with warm water, add a small amount of mild laundry soap. Next, dip a small brush in the soapy water and scrub any visible stains. You can also use a stain remover pen. Once you remove the stain, rinse the area either by blotting or placing the affected region of the small or large fleece blanket under running water. Remove as much moisture from the blanket as possible and allow to air dry. To prevent the formation of watermarks, dry the area quickly with a hair dryer on the low or cool setting.
Fill the washing machine with warm water and a mild laundry detergent. Prior to washing, consider letting the fleece blanket, especially thick ones, soak for roughly 45 minutes to loosen the stain. Next, on a normal washing cycle, wash it and add liquid fabric softener as needed. For optimal results, run an extra rinse cycle to ensure that all detergent has been removed, as any surface residue can leave the blanket feeling rough. When finished, allow it to air dry; do not place it in the dryer, as this causes the fleece to pill and become matted.