How To Care For Pillows?
How To Care For Pillows? Most pillows are ﬁlled with down, feathers — or a mixture of the two — or with a synthetic ﬁlling, such as foam or Hollowﬁbre.The pillow you buy is very much a matter of personal preference — although it is worth remembering that most chiropractors and physiotherapists recommend sleeping on only one pillow, at a height that keeps your head aligned with your spine.
Goose down is the softest and lightest ﬁlling, while synthetic ﬁllings are the ﬁrmest and do not change shape under your head. Feather pillows are ﬁrmer than down, but have more give than those with synthetic ﬁllings.
Asthma and allergy sufferers used to be advised not to use feather pillows, but recent research now seems to support the idea that synthetic ﬁllings harbor more dust mites than natural ﬁllings. The best advice would seem to be to use a good allergen-resistant pillow protector.
A standard pillowcase, sometimes called a housewife pillowcase, is a plain rectangle. An Oxford pillowcase is the same size but has a decorative edge. lf you are into ‘dressing’ beds with piles of pillows, it is a good idea to put Oxford pillowcases on the bottom pillows and housewife cases on the top ones, so that the frilled edge peeps out.
How To Care For Pillows?
A pillow protector is vital for keeping pillows clean and prolonging their life. Barring accidents, a good feather or down pillow should last ﬁve to ten years; a synthetic one has a life of only two years.
Check the care label on pillows for washing instructions. Most pillows with natural ﬁllings can be washed in the washing machine, but check ﬁrst that the machine can take the weight. lf the care label has become detached, wash on a lukewarm cycle, using a mild detergent. lf the washing machine has a super-rinse facility, use it.
You can dry pillows in the tumble-dryer on a low setting (put a couple of dry towels in with it to absorb some of the moisture). Be aware that this can take a very long time. To economize on electricity, take the pillows out of the dryer when they are half-dry and ﬁnish off the drying outside (it is best, therefore, to wash pillows on a warm, sunny day). When drying outside, shake the pillows from time to time, to prevent the ﬁlling from clumping. When you think they are dry, give them another quick blast in the tumble dryer and then allow them to air before putting them back on the bed.
Make sure that the pillows are completely dry before using them again — this could take several days. If you leave them damp, they will smell and develop mildew.