How To Wash Throw Pillows The Right Way
Oftentimes, we wash and change pillow covers. However, clean covers don’t mean that the pillow itself is clean. Throw pillows are usually decorative, and add color and style to your living room and bedroom. More importantly, it also adds comfort. Unfortunately, it could also somehow add discomfort if they aren’t maintained well. Pillows can collect dead skin cells, sweat, dust, dander, and even mold. That said, learning how to wash throw pillows can save you from these allergens, and help preserve the pillow.
Determine The Best Method For Cleaning
Before throwing them in the washer, make sure you read the manufacturer’s care label. It should indicate whether it should be hand-washed, machine-washed, dry cleaned, etc.
- Some throw pillows have delicate covers such as wool, silk, velvet, and other covers with details like beads and sequins. Remove the cover, and dry clean them to maintain the quality.
- Down, feather, and polyester pillows are machine-washable. Some foam pillows such as memory foam and latex foam, on the other hand, are not. However, you may still wet wash them. Of course, make sure to check the manufacturer's care label for special instructions or any limitations.
Washing Throw Pillows
When To Replace Or Throw Out Pillows?
Even with diligent cleaning of pillows, you're still going to eventually need to throw them out. The question is, when is the right time? To check if the pillow is still okay, fold it in half. If it springs back up quickly, you can still save it. If it doesn't spring back into shape, then, it may be time to throw it out, and buy new ones.
Other Throw Pillow Cleaning Tips
- Always refer to the manufacturer’s care label.
- Treat stains before washing the whole pillow. The same goes for the pillow cover. Wet the area, and blot the stain out with a piece of cloth. Use a stain remover or special detergent, taking into consideration the material you are treating.
- Vacuum memory foam and latex often. To deodorize, sprinkle some baking soda on the foam and let it sit for a few minutes. then vacuum the baking soda out of the foam.
- When using a machine to dry a pillow, you might need to let it run through a few cycles. Pound or fluff the pillow in between cycles to avoid clumps from forming.
- Dry pillows as quickly as possible because it might develop a musty odor. Also, do not use the pillows until they are completely dry because damp or wet pillows can collect dirt faster.
- Use mild detergent to maintain vibrant colors.
- If the pillow is old, check the stitches. The agitation of the washing machine might cause the pillow to burst.
- Once the pillow is dry, fluff it to improve or maintain its form.
Throw pillows are simple but can add personality to a room. They give color, texture, comfort and style without requiring so much from you. Generally, they are low maintenance. But overtime, throw pillows and pillows in general, accumulate dust, dander, dead skin cells, etc.
If you have allergies, that can be a big problem.What we usually do is wash the pillow covers. While that helps a lot, it doesn’t solve the root of the problem. Sometimes, washing the whole throw pillow itself is the best solution. But of course, you have to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions. Otherwise, you might be doing more harm than good.