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How to wash a memory foam pillows

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Memory foam: a magical but very real product that has revolutionized the mattress and pillow industry since its arrival! This type of foam was first developed in 1966 under contract by NASA's Ames Research Center to improve the safety of the cushions used to upholster aircraft seats. It has an amazing property: in contact with your body's heat, it takes on its shape as long as your body exerts pressure on the foam. The result is a first-rate support for your head, for example, when you have a cushion whose filling is made of such a foam. But for this type of pillow, what about washing? The question arises because your pillow, like your bed, can, over time, be invaded by allergens and dust mites. It is therefore necessary to maintain it. However, memory foam pillows require certain precautions when you wash them. Polysleep informs you of these here below.

If you can, clean your memory foam pillow without washing it!

If the manufacturer tells you not to wash your memory foam pillow, do not wash it. You may lose its density and may experience a loss of support from the foam. It is still necessary to maintain it in order to avoid bad smells. How do you do it? Nothing could be simpler: hit it with a tennis racket to remove the dust. You can also expose it directly to sunlight because UV rays kill bacteria.

First of all, protect it with a waterproof pillowcase. This way you can avoid accidents, such as coffee stains if you have breakfast in bed in the morning. Also make sure that the pillowcases can still allow air to pass through. One of the disadvantages of regular memory foam is that it doesn't evacuate heat well. To counterbalance this, make sure you have a pillowcase that allows good ventilation, especially in the summer. It's during the hot season that you risk sweating more at the neck and head, which could lead to the creation of humidity in the foam, which is a perfect source for the proliferation of all kinds of bacteria! On the other hand, washing pillowcases will limit the multiplication of these undesirable bugs!

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If you absolutely must wash your stained pillow with water: do it by hand!

If you have to wash your memory foam pillow, the key is to brush it, avoiding submerging it completely in water. To do this, use a soft bristle brush or sponge to lightly impregnate the foam on your pillow with mild soap or foam wash. The goal is to avoid any washing product containing bleach. Once all this is done, finish by vacuuming it and dry it outdoors on a nice, dry, sunny day to take advantage of the UV purifying role mentioned above. The most important thing will be to make sure that the humidity does not remain in the foam. This could indeed cause mold.

There is still also a chance that your pillow will turn yellow over time. Don't worry, these are stains caused by sweat secreted during your sleep that will have penetrated to the foam. Simply cover both sides of your pillow with baking soda. Let it rest for several minutes, then vacuum and you're done!

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So, preventing stains on your memory foam pillow with a waterproof pillowcase is better!

In short, the best way to clean a memory foam pillow is to prevent rather than cure: for example, prefer waterproof and breathable pillowcases to avoid stains while staying cool and dry. Shake it/tap it regularly with a racket to remove excess dust and allergens. If, on the other hand, your pillow is stained and you can't avoid using water to wash it, rub the surface instead using a solution containing a mild, bleach-free detergent. In both cases, air your pillow regularly/dry it in direct sunlight. Moisture will disappear and ultraviolet rays will kill stubborn bacteria.

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Other cleaning methods for your foam pillow can be found on the web. Washing with soda crystals, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or dishwashing liquid: make sure that these methods are valid and suitable for the specifics of your pillow and the manufacturer's recommendations first and foremost. If you only have to remember one piece of advice, it's this one! We at Polysleep recommend what you have just read: we’re in favor of maximum softness for the maintenance of this type of pillow. If on the other hand it’s time for you to re-equip yourself pillow-wise, discover the Polysleep Pillow!

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