How to protect your pillows
If you want your fluffy pillows to stand the test of time and offer you indulgent nights’ rest every day, then you must look after them correctly. Pillows should last you one to two years if looked after correctly, but we think you can stretch this out for longer by following our top tips.
The main reasons that pillows need to be replaced are due to loss of support, allergies, and general cleanliness, but when looked after correctly, you can work to mitigate these issues.
Do you want to protect your pillows and keep them comfortable? Then keep reading to find out how!
Always use a premium pillowcase.
Keeping your pillows protected is achieved in part when you use a premium-quality pillowcase. This not only ensures a barrier between the person using the pillow and the material itself but also allows the user to experience a better night’s rest, depending on the material used.
Pillowcases protect against dirt, moisture, skin fibres and dust mites to ensure pillows stray in great condition for as long as possible.
The use of a case also lets you create the perfect pillow for your needs. For example, if you are looking for something good for sensitive skin, silk offers lots of benefits. However, if you suffer from allergies and want a material that is ideal for preventing irritations, natural organic cotton is your best bet.
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Invest in long-lasting pillow protectors.
Designed with the sole purpose of making your bedding last for longer, pillow protectors are a must-have bedroom accessory. When pillows become lacklustre, it is often because dirt has been able to access the fibre filling. A pillow protector offers an extra barrier between the filling and the surface to ensure the plumpness is retained for as long as possible.
Pillow protectors are available in both zipped and pull-on designs and offer enhanced comfort as they feature premium padding. This protects the inner pillow and offers the user an extremely comfortable night’s rest.
Pillow protectors are also easy to wash, meaning you can refresh them as often as you change your bedding for ultimate freshness.
Swap out the order regularly.
If your pillow has moulded to the shape of your head, it’s probably time to swap out the order that they are stacked in. Mixing up the order will ensure that all pillows are evenly used, giving them all a chance to last longer.
Aerate your pillows as they need to breathe to stay fresh.
Another brilliant (and free!) way to refresh pillows is to let them aerate when changing the sheets. It’s important for all bedding to receive blasts of fresh air as it is the best way to dry moisture. Doing this outside is even better as UV rays are proven to be able to naturally remove bacteria and offer long-lasting effects.
Trapped moisture in pillows is one of the main reasons they need to be replaced frequently, as this can lead to nasty odours, yellow staining, and a compacted fibre texture. Moisture is also known for attracting dust mites and causing those with allergies to suffer, so it must be treated quickly and repeatedly.
Adding air to your pillows also allows the hollow fibres to expand, offering a way to reinvigorate the life of your pillows and give them that fresh out-of-packet plumpness that we all know and love.
Fluff pillows whenever you change your bedding.
As well as adding air back into your pillows, actively fluffing them out is a great way to get the fibres full again. Giving them a move-around is essential for dislodging any dirt and breathing life back into old pillows. You will be surprised by the results; trust us!
Wash your pillows regularly.
You can also wash pillows to keep them fresher for longer. This also protects them against dust mites and bacteria build-up.
If you want to wash your pillows at home, you must do so gently so as not to damage the fibres and materials. You should always pay attention to the wash instructions of your pillow, but as a rule, we always recommend using a cool and gentle setting. This should also be combined with a mild, ant-bacterial detergent that is best for all pillow materials. The only pillows that you cannot wash are memory foam pillows, but you can still use dry cleaning solutions to achieve the same results.
Pillows should also be thoroughly dried to ensure no moisture is left behind. To do this, you can either dry outside on a lovely warm day or use a low-tumble-drying setting. Always ensure the pillow feels completely dry before putting it back on your bed. Once dry, give your pillow a lovely fluff and add your favourite pillowcase. Then it is ready to use and enjoy time and time again.
Be careful when it comes to beauty products.
If you are a lover of beauty products, you will know all too well how they can cause havoc for bedding. It is important to consider that even if your pillowcase is clean, it doesn’t mean the actual pillow itself isn’t harbouring any nasties that may lessen its lifespan.
You should, therefore, always protect your pillows from the effects of beauty routines. Whether going to bed with an oily hair mask in or sleeping in your make-up, anything that can rub onto bedding will also affect the fibres themselves.
Taking steps such as using waterproof protectors or beauty accessories such as sleep hair towels will keep your beauty regime strong and your pillows fresh.
Are you ready to choose your new pillows?
The main rules are to keep pillows moisture-free, let them aerate, and don’t assume that just because your bedding is clean, your pillows are as well. Looking after your pillows won’t just mean you are spending less but will also let you benefit from a hotel-like sleep every night.