How to Make Your Pillows Last
Pillow care probably isn’t at the top of your long to-do list this summer. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think — and proper pillow care will help promote the healthy, high-quality sleep we all need. See our five great tips to keep your pillow in the best possible shape.
Simple Pillow Tips:
NEVER DRY CLEAN OR WASH YOUR PILLOW
Every time a pillow is washed it deteriorates the fill inside, causing it to feel different. With synthetics and down alternatives the fill can start to “bunch.” Pillows with natural fills shouldn’t get wet since mildew could develop and soap can damage the down clusters by stripping them of their natural oils and causing them to break.
USE A PILLOW PROTECTOR
You don’t wash your mattress because the mattress pad and sheets protect it. A pillow should be treated with the same care and be protected by a pillow protector. A pillow protector is a zippered cover that encases the pillow and adds a level of protection between the pillow and pillowcase. According to Ohio State University research, 10% of the weight of a two-year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their waste. Gross! A quality pillow protector will help keep the dust mites out of the picture. You should wash your pillow protector when you wash your sheets.
When you make your bed, fluff your pillow to maintain loft and retain resiliency. The only exception to this tip is if you own a memory foam pillow, which cannot be fluffed.
GIVE YOUR PILLOW SUN TO AIR IT OUT
To prevent allergens from building up, give your natural filled pillow a day in the sun every three months, or as you feel necessary. The fresh air and direct sunlight help air it out and let odors escape.
When pillows are not in use on a bed, store them in a breathable bag. Storing pillows in a plastic bag will trap moisture in with the pillow, potentially causing the pillow to mildew or the fill to deteriorate. NEVER use space bags for pillows, as pillows will not retain their shape and this can cause mildew over time.
With proper care, a good quality pillow should last and feel comfortable for years. Whether you love the softness of down or the pressure-relieving support of memory foam, you can choose precisely what you want in a pillow with Create Your Perfect PillowSM. If you’ve found your perfect pillow, you’ll want that pillow to last as long as possible.