How Often to Wash Foam Pillows
A question I get asked all the time is how often to wash foam pillows. Because they are so inexpensive they are a popular gift, and one I don’t mind giving away, but you really need to understand how to take care of them.
The reason I get asked this question is because the thing that most people don’t realize about foam pillows is that you must be sure they are completely dry before you can even consider using them again. You see, with a down pillow you are essentially mixing two things together. One is water and one is down, which make it the equivalent of foam.
A normal pillow is made of either single ply of cotton or an extremely dense polyester/cotton blend, both of which are washable. The real difference between a normal down pillow and one made from down is that a down pillow is a breathable material, which means that it will only retain the down-breathable properties when it has been completely dry. A down pillow, however, will be warm if it is left wet.
This is important because it means that if your pillow gets wet it will become very uncomfortable to sleep on and eventually start to bunch up as the warm air cools down on the soft fabric. Eventually the mattress will become warm and that is when the stuffing will start to migrate, pulling the soft foam out of the down pile. This is not good at all.
So why is it important to know how often to wash foam pillows? Well, it is important because if you take the time to know how often to wash them, you will never have to worry about one ever becoming a problem again. You’ll also avoid the issues caused by pills floating on top of the sheets or losing their ability to stay down in the first place.
But knowing this information is only half the battle. What you really need to know is what kind of materials you should be looking for in a pillow. Below I’ve outlined the top three materials and provide some basic tips to help you choose the right one for your needs.
The material you should be looking for in a down pillow is the down itself. The down, which comes from the loft of the animal’s feathers, will give you the warmth and bounce back that you desire. However, it is also a very heavy piece of padding so if you have a larger bed, you might want to look for pillows that are slightly smaller.
Next you should look for the down that is actually there. You can do this by testing the one you have. If it feels right, buy it. A pillow that is firm should feel like a firm but not soft, and fluffy one should feel soft and fluffy.
Once you know what you’re looking for, the next question to ask yourself is how often to wash foam pillows. If you find one that is very cheap, just throw it in the washer on a regular basis. If you purchase a more expensive one, you might need to wash it a few times a year, depending on the season.
Don’t get too hung up on this because you should be washing your pillow on a regular basis anyway. After all, it is a gift so it deserves to be looked after. However, it’s a good idea to remember that there are situations where you will want to wash it.
If you have a feather type pillow, then you might want to wash it more frequently. I’m talking about pillow soft plush kind of pillows where you can roll it up into a ball and stuff it into a storage bag or hide it in a closet so it doesn’t absorb any moisture. (If you have a pillow of this nature you might want to consider using it as your guest bed or bedside table).
Also keep in mind that a pillow with stuffed sections should be washed once every other week. For all others you can wash them as often as you want as long as they are clean. in the same washing routine.