Most of us tend to launder our bed sheets and covers every week, but when it comes to the pillows that we use, it is a completely different matter altogether. Several people wonder about the regularity with which they should wash pillows.
Generally it is considered important to wash the pillows at least twice in year, if not more often. But the process of washing pillows can be a slightly difficult one as different types of pillows need different methods of washing. Read ahead to know about what the best methods at your disposal are.
There are some pillows like those that are filled with buckwheat that cannot be washed. There are also certain types of pillows that will need to be dry cleaned. Therefore, it is important to know which pillows can be washed at home and which need to be sent to the laundry.
If you choose to dry the pillows in the washing machine as well, then try and set the heat of the machine if it allows you to do so. Do not machine wash pillows with other linen as they will need space in the machine in order to retain their shape. Do remember to check the tags on the pillows to see any specific washing instructions from the manufacturers.
If you use foam pillows, then you can wash them in the same manner as normal pillows with synthetic fillings. Never dry foam pillows in the machine. In fact it is imperative that you lay them down in a cool place to dry.
Cleaning down pillows at home can be an extremely difficult task. If you cannot avoid it, hand wash them in warm water and let them dry on the clothesline in a shaded area. It is important that you allow a down pillow to dry properly as it can develop an extremely unpleasant smell otherwise.
It is important that you always wash only one pillow at a time. Also never wash the pillow along with the pillow cover. Wash them separately. It is important that you allow them to dry well to avoid molds or mildew.
Like most other home cleaning tasks, the entire process of washing pillows can be a tedious one, as having to do so one at a time can be quite mind-numbing, but this is an important part of the entire cleaning procedure.