Along with mattress cleaning, taking care of your pillows plays a vital role for maintaining a healthy and safe indoor environment and higher quality of indoor air. Mattresses and pillows attract as much dust and dirt as any carper, your curtains, rugs and upholstered furniture pieces. Keeping in mind that almost all the dust is dead skin and considering the fact how much time you spend in a direct contact with your mattress and pillow, taking care of them both is even more important than upholstery and carpet cleaning. Since dust comes along with a lot of allergens and bacteria (dust itself is one of the most common provokers of allergies in any household), maintaining your mattress and pillow extra clean on a weekly basis can help you avoid a number of irritations, skin and respiratory conditions and allergies and make your home a healthier and safer place for your family and for you.
In addition, pillows can often be a pretty serious investment. When it comes to pillows – you get what you pay for and if you want a good relaxation and quality sleep, then you are ok with paying a lot. A great way to maintain your pillows in great condition and ensuring they will last longer is cleaning them frequently and properly.
- Washing your pillows have to happen at least twice every year. Making sure to check the care label is important, so you would know if your pillows are suitable for machine wash. However, most of the pillows, the synthetic and the down feather ones are suitable for machine wash. To wash your pillows, always use a mild liquid product. Always wash a pair of pillows together, so you can keep your washing machine balanced, the cleaning product evenly distributed and then run them through the rinse cycle twice.
- Drying your pillows is another very important part of the process. For downs and feathers, the best thing is to air-dry them thoroughly. For synthetics, you can use the low heat setting. If you throw a few thick and clean towels on, they can absorb a lot of the moisture. Be sure all the moisture is gone before using the pillows since dampness will most probably lead to mould.
- Air out your pillows at least once a month. Try to avoid placing them in direct sunlight, since this can lead to quicker wear and tear of the materials.
- Spot clean the annoying stains that penetrate through the lining with a mild detergent and air thoroughly to prevent mould.
- Some pillows like the down ones require additional investment in the form of protective covers and quality material pillowcases. The protecting covers keep away dust and protect your pillow from humidity and natural oils, as well as it keeps your pillow in shape. The protective covers have to be washed weekly together with sheets and pillowcases.
- In order to keep the shape and comfort of your pillow ok, you have to fluff it on a daily basis (this is not required for foam pillows, however). A daily fluffing will also prevent dust from collecting and will get rid of dust buildups.
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