With proper care, a good quality pillow should last and feel comfortable for many years. In general, down and feather fills will last longer than a down-alternative or synthetic. If you’ve found your perfect pillow, which I know I have, Perfect Pillow with a silver outer shell, silver inner core and a silver pillow protector), you want that pillow to last as long as possible.
But, pillow care probably isn’t at the top of your long list of to-dos. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think— and proper pillow care will help promote the healthy, high-quality sleep we all need.
Below are five great tips to keep your pillow in the best possible shape:
NEVER DRY CLEAN OR WASH YOUR PILLOW
Every time a pillow is washed it deteriorates the fill inside, causing it to feel different. With synthetics and down-alternatives the fill can start to “bunch.” Pillows with natural fills shouldn’t get wet since mildew could develop and soap can damage the clusters by stripping them of their natural oils and causing them to break.
USE A PILLOW PROTECTOR
You don’t wash your mattress because the mattress pad and sheets protect it. A pillow should be treated with the same care and be protected by a pillow protector. A pillow protector is a zippered cover that encases the pillow and adds a level of protection between the pillow and pillow case. According to Ohio State University research, 10% of the weight of a two-year old pillow can be composed of dead dust mites and their waste. Gross! A quality pillow protector will keep the dust mites out of the picture. You should wash your pillow protector when you wash your sheets.
When you make your bed, fluff your pillow to maintain loft and retain resiliency. The only exception to this tip is if you own a memory foam pillow, which cannot be fluffed.
GIVE YOUR PILLOW SUN TO AIR IT OUT
To prevent allergens from building up, give your natural filled pillow a day in the sun every three months, or as you feel necessary. The fresh air and direct sunlight help dry it out and let odors escape.
When pillows are not in use on a bed, store them in a breathable bag. Storing pillows in a plastic bag will trap moisture in with the pillow, causing the pillow to mildew or the fill to deteriorate. NEVER use space bags for pillows, as they will not retain their shape and also can cause mildew over time.
Hopefully these simple tips will help you enjoy your favorite pillow for a long time.