The pillows you choose to rest your head upon each night is almost as important as your mattress. Your body alignment can be severely compromised by your pillow choice. yourself to simply those pillows found on a retailer’s rack, there are numerous selections of pillows for you. You simply need to put some effort and find the best one for yourself. Since there are numerous sizes of pillows a company creates. You need to get one that is suitable for you and your body shape. For example, there is a standard size, queen size, super standard, extra-large and so forth.
This article will simplify how you should keep up the tidiness of the pillow and pillowcase.
How to Properly Wash Your Pillows
You want your pillow to be as safe and germ-free as possible because you sleep on it every night. We’re not only referring to the pillowcase itself, but you should also clean your pillows, mattress, pillowcases, and mattress topper on a regular basis. Pillows, specifically, need to be washed a minimum of twice a year to ensure that they last as long as possible for example fiberfill, down and foam. However, it is not necessary to wash all varieties of pillows.
Although the majority of pillow types are machine washable, some require dry cleaning, have front-loading washing machine limits, or only recommend spot treatment. And if you want to keep your pillow neat and clean, the only thing is a tag for you to begin with. You just need to follow the instructions and steps mentioned on it for the cleaning and washing.
Cleaning can be done in two simple ways:
- Machine wash and dry: Before washing your pillow in the machine make sure you read the instructions carefully. Make sure you do that because you don’t want to ruin your pillow by soaking in the water when it’s not meant to. If you have polyester fibre than its good to go in the washing machine and dryer. The very next thing you will do is find a mild detergent, just make sure not to use it too much, just a little bit if you are washing the pillow by itself. Use warm water or cold water, depending on what your pillow label says. Then dry it thoroughly in the dryer because the inner filling may take several rounds in the dryer to be completely dried. Second thing is to set your washer on a spin and drain cycle to pull moisture out of it before it goes in the dryer. Thirdly, keep your dryer settings at a low temperature and a gentle cycle to avoid heat damage. Heat can damage the pillow cover and inner filling so try to keep the heat low.
- Hand clean and spot clean: In this case, you are going to need a cloth or rag and detergent. And if your pillow got some really bad stains you are going to need a stain remover like ox clean. First, get the cloth wet and then damp the stained area. Once its damp put a little bit of detergent on the cloth and rub it into that pillow. Use some energy to get those stains out. Last but not least, if you can’t get it out you are going to need that Stainer remover. Rinse the cloth, get it wet again and dab that detergent out as much as you can. Then leave it to dry in some open area.
Cleaning Pillows Without any Washing Machine
Without using any moisture or chemicals, a vacuum cleaner or lint roller can help with simple dust and pet-hair issues on pillows. If you need to clean the stain or remove the spills on the pillows, use baking soda or a natural spray to keep them fresh and clean. Using a lint roller to remove pet fur; it quickly picks up the hair. If you don’t have a roller, put on a rubber glove, and wipe down the pillow with it while removing the hair with your gloved hand.
Cleaning two different types of pillows:
Cleaning Foam Pillows
You can’t just throw your foam pillows in the washing machine. Despite the fact that foam pillows are dust mite resistant, it is still necessary to clean them on a regular basis. Foam pillows are a common form of pillow that should not be washed in the machine because of the pressure. It is too strong and likely to break up the stuffing. Regardless, foam pillows can be washed at home with hands.
You can wash the removable cover according to the label’s cleaning instructions. As always, check the washing instructions on the pillow’s tag, or follow the below process.
- Remove the pillow covers or pillowcases and wash them according to the instructions on the tag. If the care tag has been removed, throw the pillowcases, and covers in the washing machine on the usual or casual cycle with hot water and add a detergent and mix it.
- Clean all sides of the pillow to remove dust or turnover in the dryer for 20 minutes on the no-heat or air-only cycle.
- Use a cloth for dipping in the soapy solution, spot clean any soiled areas. Clean the surface lightly with the damp cloth to make sure, it won’t tear the foam.
- Air-dry the pillow before placing it on the bed again.
Cleaning Fiberfill Pillows
Fiberfill pillows are machine washable, so you can simply throw them in the washing machine to refresh them. To keep the washer balanced and ensure an all-around clean, wash two pillows at a time. Although any washing machine would suffice, front-loading or top-loading machines without an agitator are the best options. If you have no other choice but to use a top loader with an agitator, position the pillows in the tub vertically to avoid being hit by the agitator.
Tip: Always read the care label on your pillow and follow the instructions carefully. Use this step-by-step as a reference if you clipped off the tag or can’t find the directions. Always remember: Since pillows take longer to dry than a regular load of laundry, musty odours can develop. To get rid of the stench, place pillows in the sun for a few hours.
Two useful ways to keep your pillow fresh, clean, and ready for a good night’s sleep.
- Wash It Gently
Unless your pillow is labelled “dry clean only,” most pillows should be washed twice a year, according to the label directions. It’s not difficult to clean a pillow, though drying can take some time because of the filling. If you’re trying to remove a wet stain from your pillow, spot treat the pillowcase and pillow with a spot cleaner that targets the spot form before throwing it in the wash. In large machines two pillows can be washed at a time to help balance the load, allows the water and detergent to circulate more effectively.
- Thoroughly Dry it
It’s critical to fully dry the pillow; otherwise, mildew could grow. Avoid using your clothes dryer’s auto-dry setting because the sensors can only sense surface moisture, leaving you with a pillow that is still damp on the inside. Instead, several pillows can be dried on low heat for an hour. Adding a couple of dry towels will help things move along faster. Two fresh tennis balls or dryer balls may also be added to prevent the filling from blending as it moves around the drum. As I previously mentioned that, allowing your pillows to air dry is perfectly appropriate. Depending on the cleaning instructions on the label, you can also put them in the dryer for a while. Just be careful, when foam pillows come into contact with heat, for example, they may catch fire. In such a case you can use your dryer, just make sure the pillow is dry on both sides. When drying fluff, them to avoid clogging or mixing.
Lastly, you need to cover pillows with pillowcases or with any clean sheet to avoid stains from occurring. if a stain does transfer via the cover to the pillow itself, treat the stain as soon as possible. Use Persil Pro-Clean power liquid to clean it. Persil is the winner when it comes to stain removal. Others include Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release, Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent etc.
Dirt, oils, sweat, bacteria and even fungi will accumulate on our pillows over time, which we are unaware of. These factors will cause the filling in your pillows to weaken, resulting in them losing support over time.
A good night’s sleep is not only beneficial for reducing under-eye circles, but it is also an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When it’s time to retire for the night, a clean bed is necessary for you to relax. Pillows do not need as frequent washing as sheets and pillowcases. Pillows should be washed twice a year to stay fresh, clean, and dust-free. To prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria, dry your pillows thoroughly after the wash cycle is completed. Allow them to completely dry out by leaving them out in the open for a few days.