Did you know your pillow has dust mites in it? Yes, the very same pillow where you lay your head at night. Dead mites and their droppings can compose ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow.
This is why you need to make sure that you clean and wash your pillow regularly, same as you do with your bed, mattress, etc.
Although memory foam is very comfortable, it has a tendency to be quite impractical to wash if you accidentally soil or wet it. Unlike regular foam, memory foam cannot be simply thrown in the washer and allowed to air dry.
Because of its makeup, if it is saturated, it can begin to house bacteria and mold before drying completely. While it is possible to clean a memory foam pillow, the method you use to do it is a little different from conventional washing.
Be gentle: Memory foam is very delicate. The material can be broken down when you use traditional stain removers, rubbing, scrubbing, or agitating in the washer. Remember to use a light touch when cleaning and removing stains and always use gentle cleansers.
Do not use too much liquid: Moisture tends to get trapped in memory foam pillows and adding more any cleaning agent or liquid will only make the problem worse. When your pillow gets damp, it can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. It will also start to release foul odors.
Things to Avoid When Washing Memory Foam Pillows
Memory foam is not designed to get wet and if it does, moisture does not get released properly. A serious problem can develop rather quickly when you wet memory foam. But do not worry; just keep the following tips in mind:
- Avoid putting your memory foam pillow in the washer.
- Do not put it in the dryer.
- Never use hot or cold water to wash the pillow.
- Avoid scrubbing or treating its surface too harshly.
- Never wash your pillow in the washing machine. The foam will tear into small fragments and chunks when it is subjected to the rolling and pounding of the machine’s agitators.
We drink liquids in bed, even though we know that we should not. If you have a little accident, you do not need to panic. A little quick action will ensure that your pillow does not have any stains or scratches!
- Take a few clean bath towels.
- Press the towel into the affected area so that it absorbs as much liquid as possible.
- Use as many clean towels as you need to soak up as much of the spilled liquid as possible.
- Set the pillow aside to ensure that it air dries completely and all traces of moisture is removed.
- You can place your pillow in an area with more air circulation or use a fan.
- Make sure that your memory foam pillow is completely dry before you put a pillowcase back on.
When there is a stain on memory foam, you cannot remove it without ruining your pillow. However, rather than getting rid of it, you can try the following solution:
- Mix a small amount of mild soap or detergent and cold water in a container.
- Take a clean terry or cotton towel and dip it into the solution.
- Make sure that you wring out the excess moisture.
- Apply the solution on the affected surface gently and sparingly. Start from outside the stain and work your way inward.
- Repeat the process until you have removed the stain.
- Put your pillow in a room that has good air circulation to make sure that it dries completely.
If you cannot remove the stain, you can simply hide it with a fresh pillowcase. As long as there is no odor, it will be fine.
You can remove odor from a memory foam pillow successfully with a few simple solutions.
Baking soda – If your pillow does not smell too good, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on it. Let the powder stand for a day or two. Next, using a clean brush attachment, gently vacuum the pillow. Once you have vacuumed up all of the baking soda, cover it with a fresh pillowcase.
Enzyme cleaners/vinegar: For pet urine odor, you will need a stronger solution. The most effective way is to use an enzyme cleaner or vinegar. First, spray the cleaner on the affected area, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Or you could use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Make sure that you do not saturate the pillow with the solution.
- Add the vinegar solution or enzyme cleaner to a spray bottle.
- Spray lightly on the affected area and allow it to stand for about 5 minutes.
- Blot the soiled area using a clean and dry towel until you have absorbed as much liquid as possible and the surface feels dry.
- Next, generously sprinkle baking soda over the entire area.
- Leave it overnight and vacuum gently the next day.
If the cleaner has not dried completely yet, put your pillow in a room with good air circulation or place a fan next to it. Once the pillow is dry, vacuum it thoroughly.
As you can see, washing and cleaning your memory foam pillow is not difficult. You just need to make sure that you use the right products and the right methods. With a few simple tips, you can ensure that your memory foam pillow is clean, fresh and smells good!