2021 Guide Of Pillow Care & Replacement Keeps Your Bed Clean

Prolonging the lifespan of a pillow requires regular care and cleaning. A pillow’s materials can influence care instructions and longevity, so it's important to concentrate to the sort of pillow you purchase and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions.

 

Pillow Type Care Guidelines
Memory Foam A memory foam pillow should not be placed in a washing machine or dryer. Instead, it is best to spot clean this pillow when necessary. You can thoroughly hand wash the pillow every 2 months with a gentle detergent and let it air dry. Memory foam pillows should be replaced every 2 to 3 years.
Polyfoam As with memory foam pillows, polyfoam pillows can be spot cleaned when needed and hand washed in a gentle detergent every 2 to 3 months, then air dried. Polyfoam pillows tend to last 2 to 3 years before needing to be replaced.
Down/Feather Many down and feather pillows can be machine washed, but some should be dry cleaned. When machine washing a down or feather pillow, use the gentle cycle, warm water, and a mild detergent. Sometimes it might be necessary to run the rinse cycle more than once to remove all the detergent. You can air dry the pillows or place them in a dryer on a low setting for about 20 minutes. Wash these pillows every 3 to 6 months, and replace them every 1 to 3 years. You can tell it’s time for a replacement if the pillow doesn’t spring back to its normal shape after you fold it in half.
Polyester and Down Alternative Down alternative and polyester pillows can be machine washed on the gentle cycle with mild detergent and cold water, and dried in a dryer on a low setting. Wash these pillows every 3 to 6 months. Down alternative pillows tend to last approximately 1 to 2 years. Polyester pillows are among the least durable and should be replaced every 6 months to 2 years.
Latex Avoid washing latex pillows in a washing machine. You can spot clean stains and hand wash the pillow with warm water and a mild detergent every 2 to 3 months. Don’t submerge the pillow in water or wring it dry. Instead, lay the pillow flat to air out. You should replace your latex pillow every 2 to 4 years.
Buckwheat Moisture can ruin buckwheat pillows, so it’s best to protect your buckwheat pillow with a removable, washable cover. Most buckwheat pillows can be opened up, allowing you to dry the buckwheat hulls in the sun in case of an accidental spill. You can also rejuvenate your pillow by replacing the buckwheat hulls once they start to flatten out, about once every 3 years.
Pillowcases Wash your pillowcases at least once a week. Different materials have different care instructions, so check the manufacturer’s label for guidance. Replace pillowcases every 1 to 2 years.
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