How to Wash Throw Pillows
Many people are surprised to learn how to wash throw pillows in the washer and dryer. The most common mistake made is to try to wash it by hand. This usually results in damage to the foam and a weak laundry effort.
So how do you properly do this when washing throw pillows? Simply follow these instructions: The next step is to run cold water through a clean detergent. If the pillow you are going to wash is machine-washable, you may simply soak it in cold water and hang to dry in the sun.
If the pillow is not machine-washable, you may want to soak it in hot water, but you will need to wash the pillow inside out. Place the pillow inside the wash, and immediately add cold water until the water beads are less than half.
Once the pillows are slightly damp, wring out the excess water and place the pillow in the washer on the gentle cycle. Use the power cycle or the main wash setting to add hot water to the washer.
Work with the hot water until the pillow is slightly damp, then wring out the excess water. Allow the pillow to hang in the hot water for a few minutes to dry the foam.
Do not worry about how quickly the pillow dries up, as you have some help. You should be able to find a small slot in the side of the washer or dryer, called a snap on lever. This is used to help spin the spinning drum while the pillow dries.
If you have a chest or side-by-side washer and dryer, you may want to use the enclosed sleeve dryer. If not, a regular dryer is fine. Most items will dry faster in the dryer than they would with a hot water rinse.
While using the enclosed dryer, place the pillow on top of the material in the drum on the side-by-side chest or side-by-side machine. Make sure the pillow is sitting on top of the dryer, rather than on the drum.
A handle is attached to the inside flap of the washer, while the top flap is held on by another handle. To avoid damaging the material in the drum, you may want to be sure to pull down the flap so the cloth is exposed and can be shaken off.
Be sure to use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the drum, as the dryer flap can easily become a splatter magnet. Your other option is to attach a paper towel to the outside of the drum and hang it to dry, just like you would a clothing item in the dryer.
If the pillow is placed on the cool side of the dryer, it will be easier to remove the dryer and hang it in the sun. Again, be careful to not scratch the material in the drum.
Foam pillows are a wonderful accessory to any home. Learning how to properly care for them can increase their life span and ease the mind about cleaning.