People continuously shed and make new skin cells every day. This process is on-going even when we sleep at night. Build-up of dead skin cells, dust and other particles can be harmful to the health. The combination of dust and dead skin cells can cause health issues such as asthma, psoriasis, eczema and trigger allergies. This is why changing sheets and pillow cases are important. Proper care for your pillows especially pillows is important. Check our proper care tips for bounce pillows below.
Bounce pillows are different from natural-fill or rubber (latex) pillows. Therefore, it is always important to read proper care instructions printed on the tab. Most pillows require that you wash pillows at certain temperatures. Bounce pillows are usually washed in cold water and set to gentle wash. It’s also not advisable to use bleach on the pillows since they could compromise the polyester inside. Use a bit more fabric softener to soften the fabric inside. Different brands require different care so for your Luxura Bounce Pillows check the care instruction if you decide to wash your pillows.
Bounce pillows are named as it is because they usually “bounce” back to its original shape by fluffing them. The problem arises when the polyester inside the pillows clump together when they get wet. To avoid having too many clumps, remove the pillow from the washing machine after the spin dry process. Shake out the pillow to dislodge the big clumps. You can also punch the pillow in shape so that it will revert to its original shape. Put the bounce pillow inside the washing machine again and this time set on the gentlest drying cycle you have. However, make sure that there is enough heat. You don’t want your pillows to be growing mould.
Another alternative is to air-dry your pillow. It will take longer but it is a better way to get the fluffiness and bounce back to your pillow. As it air-dries, check on it every hour or so and fluff the pillows. This action will force air inside and hopefully dry the polyester. This is an ideal drying technique during a hot summer’s day. Be prepared to air-dry again the following day if it’s still not totally dry.
How Often to Wash
How often you need to wash pillows depends on your lifestyle and hygiene habits. Some people shower before they go to bed at night so they don’t really bring that much skin cells or dirt to their pillows and pillow cases. If you’re one of these people you can get by with 2 annual washes or once every 6 months. If you don’t shower before you go to bed, wash your pillows quarterly. The same is true if you are an allergy sufferer. Make sure to change pillow cases once a week to avoid too much dead skin and dust build-up on the pillows.
When to Discard
According to the Sleep Council, pillows should be discarded after 2 to 3 years in use. If you are extra-sensitive or have skin disease or asthma, it is recommended that you change pillows every 6 months. This may seem like a big waste of money but they do serve as a breeding ground for dirt, germs and could trigger allergies so it is better to be safe. Old pillows can also cause neck aches and other muscular problems so changing your bounce pillows regularly can mean a more comfortable sleep.