Having the best pillow is a good start. But it is absolutely essential that you take good care of your pillow as well. Sadly however, most people tend to overlook this. They will look after their mattress, but forget about the pillow over which they sleep every night.
Maintenance will depend on the kind of pillow you are using. Some pillows are more difficult to maintain by comparison but can be cleaned easily, such as down pillows. You must take out these pillows, and also the ones with feathers stuffed inside and air them below diffused sunlight once in a while. Make sure you do this, as they won’t be able to trap air easily (which is why they are firm) when they get older. Remember, you shouldn’t ever wash them with water and soap because the soap will dissolve the natural oils of the feather.
Go for polyester filled pillows if you don’t want to clean them regularly. Most hotels these days use them.
How You Should Clean Pillows
Sponge them – that’s the best way to clean pillows. But remember not to immerse them in water. But having said this, the final decision rests on the filling within.
Feather filled and down pillows – You should not wash them at home. That’s because, you won’t be able to wipe off easily if something spills on your pillow. You will then have to discard the pillow or go to a professional cleaner. But if you think you can remove it, then dip a bit of sponge in a soapy and warm solution, and then squeeze it gently through your pillow. Do this, two or three times. Or you can spin dry in your washing machine for just a few minutes. Hang in fresh air. Distribute feathers evenly.
Foam filled and polyester pillows – You can wash them at home. But remember not to tumble dry the pillow because the heat can damage the polyester.
Latex pillows – You may wash these pillows at home as well. But do not take out the latex from the casings as sunlight can affect them. Do not put them into your washing machine too. Hand wash them instead in soapy warm water. Never twist or wrung. Pressure the pillow gently after cleaning and rinsing to squeeze out the water. Place a dry towel over it before doing so. Change the towel when it gets saturated. Finally keep it in a sunny place so that air can dry your pillow.
Use a Pillow Case
Always use a pillow case because it will extend the life of your pillow. You should change it once a week at least. So keep a minimum of two sets in your home. White is a good color because you will feel peaceful and cool and night. A high-thread case feels like satin and gives you total luxury. But remember, the surface shouldn’t slip. Your head can slip from the pillow, and in the process you may end up injuring your neck.
Take care of your pillow well, and it is sure to work for many years.
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