Cleaning and Laundering
How a pillow should be washed depends on its stuffing. Always check care labels to see what the manufacturer recommends, but if the tag is long gone, here are some basic guidelines.


Not all polyester-filled pillows are the same. Some are washable, some are not. Check the care label and follow washing instructions. If the care label is gone, take it to a dry cleaner to be safe.


Kapok is made from Ceiba tree seed coverings. It cannot be washed. Lay pillows out in the sun for several hours to freshen them.


If your pillow is made of “memory foam,” do not wash—because of its unique composition, it may take weeks to dry and mildew can grow inside. Contact the manufacturer for specific instructions. If your pillow is made of a different kind of foam, it may be hand washed. Do not machine wash foam pillows. Take …

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Down / Feather

Always check for holes or ripped seams first, and repair them before attempting to clean. Down and feather pillows can be dry cleaned, and will retain their softness and fluffiness. If you put down or feather pillows in the washing machine, do two at a time or one with a few towels to balance the …

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Everyday Care

Use two pillowcases, or invest in a high-quality pillow protector—a plain, zippered pillowcase to keep dirt and dust out. Then your pillows won’t need to be washed as often. Memory foam can be damaged by water. Waterproof pillow protectors are available to keep them clean and safe. Fluff pillows every day to get out dust …

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