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Contents:

  1. How to Clean Down Pillows
  2. How to Clean a Feather Pillow
  3. How to Clean Pillows Made of Natural Fibers (bamboo, eucalyptus, cotton, sheep or camel hair)
  4. How to Clean Foam Pillows at Home
  5. How to Clean Throw Pillows
  6. More Useful Tips
  7. Take Care of Every Part of Your Bed

The right chosen pillow provides a comfortable sleep and good rest. Today, there are a lot of different models. They may be square, rectangular, filled with natural and artificial materials. However, all of them require proper care since over time a lot of dust accumulates in the pillow and as a result mites appear. Let's see how to clean your pillow.

How to Clean Down Pillows

You will need:

  • mild detergent (a liquid powder, for instance),
  • new tick case.

Step-by-step guide

Down pillow cleaning is rather a troublesome thing and it takes time. If you have decided to wash it at home, then a few recommendations will be useful.

  1. First, prepare a new tick case. You can sew it or buy in a store (as a rule, they use a factory tick).
  2. Next, undo the old case and immerse the down into the water at room temperature for several hours. Meanwhile, the dirt and odors will dissolve.
  3. Thereafter, drain the water and put the down into a new solution with the powder. Then wash it with water and some detergent, rinse thoroughly, and then wring out.
  4. Put the wet down in the gauze bags and hang them out, to let the excess water flow.
  5. After that, spread the down with a thin layer on any flat surface and cover it with a cloth to keep the fluff from flying. It is important to periodically turn it down, so it does not stick together.
  6. Now, put clean and dry down in a new tick case and sew it.
Attention! Don't forget to clean your mattress properly!

How to Clean a Feather Pillow

You will need:

  • mild detergent (a liquid powder, for instance),
  • tennis balls,
  • clothesline or drying rack,
  • fan.

Step-by-step guide

You can use the same method as above (remember to buy a new tick case) or wash it in the machine. By the way, machine washing is applicable to down pillows, as well.

  1. Wash feather pillows with cold water. Use a mild cleaner. Do not use detergents that contain bleach or enzymes. It is better to wash feather pillows for two at a time to balance your washing machine.
  2. If your washing machine is fully loaded, make sure the pads are immersed in water and completely soaked before you start the wash cycle. Wash feather pillows for about eight minutes.
  3. Check them throughout the wash cycle. If necessary, stop the machine and squeeze all air out of them. Otherwise, they will emerge and not be able to wash well.
  4. Rinse the pillows for at least two or even three times.
  5. Dry the pillows in the shade for a long time to let the feathers dry completely. Shake the pillow several times within drying to mix feathers and make them dry completely.
  6. If outdoors drying is not an option, then put the pillows on shelves or hang on a clothesline indoors. To speed drying, you can put a fan near the pillows and periodically turn them.
  7. You can also put a few tennis balls in the dryer. Then switch it to the cold blow mode to shake up the feathers until the pillow is dry under a stream of air.

The above method is also suitable for the pillows with synthetic fillers: polyester or hollow fiber.

How to Clean Pillows Made of Natural Fibers (bamboo, eucalyptus, cotton, sheep or camel hair)

You will need:

  • mesh laundry bag or pillowcase,
  • mild detergent (a liquid powder, for instance),
  • tennis balls,
  • clothesline or drying rack,
  • fan.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Put the pillow inside the laundry bag or pillowcase to prevent the filler getting out.
  2. Use a short cycle for a washing machine. Wash pads made of bamboo or other natural fibers in cool or warm water.
  3. Run the rinse cycle several times until you remove all suds.
  4. Find a good place outdoors in the shade with a breeze and hang your pillows there to dry.
  5. Do not forget to turn the cushions to help them to dry.
  6. When they are dry, put several tennis balls inside, put the pads in the dryer, and then switch it to the cold blow mode to shake up the feathers until the pillow is dry under a stream of air.
  7. If you have time, hang a pillow outdoors or on a drying rack / clothesline inside. You can use fan and periodically turn the pads to make them dry completely.

How to Clean Foam Pillows at Home

You will need:

  • mild detergent (a liquid powder, for instance),
  • large bath towels.

Step-by-step guide

  1. It is not recommended to wash foam pillows in a machine or use dryer.
  2. Put the foam pad inside the laundry bag or pillowcase to prevent the foam getting out.
  3. Fill the bathtub with warm water and mild detergent.
  4. Dip the pad into the water as long as it is fully saturated.
  5. Slightly squeeze the pillow, turn it over and over again until you see that it is clean.
  6. Drain the soapy water from the bath and fill it with clean water. Continue to squeeze and turn the pad until you get rid of all suds.
  7. Release the remaining water after the rinsing and continue to slightly squeeze the pad until most of the water does not get out. However, be careful not to tear the foam.
  8. Wrap the pillow in several dry towels. Constantly turn it over and squeeze until you remove as much of the remaining water as you can.
  9. Find a good place outdoors in the shade with a breeze and hang the pads there to dry there.

How to Clean Throw Pillows

You will need:

  • mild detergent (a liquid powder, for instance),
  • tick case or pillowcase.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Remove the outer case of the cushion. Follow the instructions above to wash it.
  2. If the outer case is made of upholstery fabric, you’d better take your pad to the dry cleaners.
  3. If the outer case is made of cotton or linen cloth, it can be washed in cold water at delicate mode, and then dried in the cold blow mode.
  4. If you cannot remove the case and you are sure that the decorative details (buttons and others) are fastened well enough, then put the cushion inside the tick case or pillowcase. Wash it in cold water on delicate mode. If the outer fabric is colored, then wash it the first time only with the clothes of the respective colors to prevent staining of a different color.
  5. Dry at the minimum heating mode or in the cold blow. Immediately remove the cushion out of the dryer as decorative items should not rust and fade.

More Useful Tips

Here are more tips and tricks how to clean pillows at home.

  1. Before you wash the pillows, check the labels to see that your actions do not spoil them.
  2. There are also a number of special pads, such as neck pillows for babies. Look carefully at the labels as they give recommendations for care. Otherwise you can change their form after washing and drying.
  3. Some pillows are very heavy getting wet while washing. Be careful not to exceed the maximum possible weight, which is indicated on your washing machine.
  4. Do not wash embroidered cushions. If necessary, take them to the dry cleaners or simply vacuuming it with a brush attachment to remove dust.

Take Care of Every Part of Your Bed

It is not less important to choose a good mattress. Many people choose an orthopedic mattress, however, not everyone knows to clean a pillow top mattress properly.

You should vacuum it every time you change the linens. Use a vacuum cleaner that can perform deep cleaning as the technology applied in such devices allows you to remove any dust from the surface, pet hair, mites, various fibers, etc.

It is important to prevent the ingress of moisture into the mattress. This can cause mold. To make the mattress stay clean longer, use covers. When cleaning, do not forget to vacuum the bottom of the bed.

When you are lying on a clean mattress and pillows, you will fall asleep much easier.

Author: Anna Wallace