How Do You Wash Pillows?
August 05, 2019 | Blog, Odorklenz laundry, Remove mildew smell, Uncategorized
Can You Wash PillowsMany people attribute their lack of pillow washing on the simple fact that they were unaware that the pillows could be washed, but don’t hesitate any longer – wash them! It is recommended that you wash your pillows at least twice a year and replace these pillows every 18 months. The reasons behind washing your pillows is due to the buildup of allergens that can collect on the pillow including dust mites that are prone to the material of bed pillows, since these allergens gravitate towards bedding where there is an excess of dead skin for the mites to feed on in the environment. Also, pillows will become stained and develop odors that will emanate from the pillow and leave you running to the washing machine with your pillows in tow. Each and every pillow that you purchase will contain a tag for care instructions on how to wash this item, and this varies based on the material that the bed pillows are constructed of. It is important to read these care labels before washing your pillows in the washing machine.
How Often Should You Wash Your PillowsWhen it comes to washing your pillows, it is a matter of personal preference – whether you want to wash it every month or every year. According to a study conducted, it was found that 16 species of fungi can live in an average pillow, and thus it is necessary to wash your pillows a few times throughout the year. If you live in a warm, humid climate than you will need to wash your pillows even more often to minimize the buildup of bacteria and odors that can collect on the pillow’s fabric. There are a variety of pillow materials that are available for purchase that can all act differently and need different care – whether it be more, or less washing care needed.
Types of Machine Washable Pillow MaterialsWhen it comes to selecting a type of pillow to use on your bed, the choice can be a daunting one as there are many different types available for purchase in today’s market. From down and fiberfill, to feather, memory foam, and even polyester pillow, they each can work specifically to contour the head or provide a certain level of comfort depending on personal preference. These different types of pillows will each contain specific care instructions that will provide insight on whether or not you can wash these different types of pillows.
- Down and Fiber Fill: A down and fiber fill pillow is a type of pillow that is easily washed inside of a washing machine. These types of pillows can be placed in either a top or front load washer without an agitator that can have the potential to damage the pillow in the machine. When washing this pillow, it is recommended that you use warm water and place the cycle on a gentle cycle with an extra rinse and spin. It is best to tumble dry these pillows on low heat.
- Feather: Feather pillows are another machine washable type of pillow that can be placed in a front or top load washing machine. Before placing a feather pillow(s) in the washer, be sure that there are no slits or tears in the pillow and load the washer with two pillows at a time and use only a small measure of detergent in the wash cycle. When drying these pillows, place them in the machine with serval clean tennis balls to help aid in the fluffing of the pillows.
- Foam: A type of mold that cannot be placed in the washing machine, foam pillows are not a candidate for washing machines, but you can place any removal covers from the pillow into the washing machine. It is recommended to vacuum both sides of the pillow to remove dust that cannot be removed by using a washing machine.