I have an old WWII 100% wool blanket that I got from a local military surplus store last year. Does anyone know a good way of cleaning it? I assume throwing it in a washing machine is a bad idea. I am not very knowledgable on this stuff.
I think modern wool is treated, whereas natural sheep's wool just has a smell to it. I have an Italian army blanket that I have to keep locked up because my dogs obsess over the smell, and I'm sure they'd pee on it, given the opportunity.
I'd think machine wash with cold water and maybe some fabric softener but air dry. Absolutely no hot water and I'd discourage even warm.
Using the delicate cycle would be safe but I think you'd be alright even if not using it. These blankets were made to be abused after all.