Is it okay to clean/rescue a wet wool blanket that the flood damage guys want you to throw out after it smells like a damp dog?
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, I recently had a plumbing mishap in my apartment and many, many things got wet. My (awesome) landlady brought in flood damage guys, who took everything out of the apartment while it undergoes all kinds of magic drying and disinfecting. They set aside the wet stuff that they recommended (based on wet-belongings experience I suppose) should be thrown out, most of which made total sense to me. Much of it was paper and cardboard, and most bummer-ingly, a box of books including my high-school yearbooks.
But for some reason, the irritant for me is this wool blanket that I love, which looks almost exactly like this
, except with moth holes because I got it in about 1984. If I have to replace it, I will, but I weirdly love it. It smelled like a wet dog when I took it off the trash pile yesterday and hung it up in the laundry room to dry out.
I searched existing questions and learned that there is certainly advice on cleaning wool and wool blankets (thanks!), but what I'm wondering is whether there are special mold-related reasons why I can't or shouldn't keep it (it unavoidably was wet for a couple of days), even if I clean it with great care. Does the fact that it shouldn't be heat-blasted and roasted in the dryer mean it will inevitably grow mold if I keep it? As I said, I can replace it if I have to, but I'm weirdly attached to it and will save it unless I really shouldn't.