Dos and don’ts of washing foam pillows
Step by step guide to washing memory foam pillows
Check the care label
Before washing your foam pillow, check the care label to see if there are any specific washing instructions. Some foam pillows may not be able to be washed or may require specific cleaning methods.
Spot clean (if necessary)
If your pillow only has a few stains or spots, try spot cleaning it first before washing. Mix a small amount of detergent with water and apply it to the stain with a cloth. Blot the area with a clean cloth to remove the stain.
Hand wash or machine wash
If your pillow is heavily soiled or you want to give it a deep clean, you can either hand wash or machine wash it. For hand washing, fill a sink or bathtub with lukewarm water and add a small amount of gentle detergent. Submerge the pillow in the water and gently knead it for a few minutes. Rinse the pillow thoroughly with clean water. For machine washing, use a delicate cycle and a small amount of detergent. Do not use fabric softener or bleach. Run the pillow through an extra rinse cycle to ensure that all detergent is removed.
Dry the pillow
After washing, it is important to dry the foam pillow completely before using it again. Squeeze out any excess water and then lay the pillow flat on a clean, dry towel. Allow it to air dry completely before using it again.
Fluff the pillow
Once your foam pillow is completely dry, fluff it by kneading it gently with your hands. This will help to restore its shape and loft.
FAQs washing foam pillows
Can all types of foam pillows be washed?
Not all types of foam pillows can be washed. Some may have specific cleaning instructions or be labeled as dry clean only. Before washing your foam pillow, always check the care label for specific washing instructions.
Can I use regular laundry detergent to wash my foam pillow?
It is recommended to use a small amount of gentle detergent when washing foam pillows, as using too much detergent can cause buildup in the foam. Avoid using fabric softener or bleach, as they can also damage the foam.
Can I put my foam pillow in the dryer?
It is not recommended to put foam pillows in the dryer, as the heat can damage the foam. Instead, it is best to air dry the pillow completely by laying it flat on a clean, dry towel.