How to Repair Lumpy Pillows

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How to Repair Lumpy Pillows
Restore your favourite pillow to its former glory. (Tim Kitchen/Lifesize/Getty Images)

If your favourite pillow becomes lumpy and uncomfortable, it can be restored to its original state. Pillows get lumpy over time as their stuffing collects dirt, debris and moisture. These materials cause synthetic and natural pillow stuffing to clump together. No amount of scrunching or stretching will repair these lumps. To restore your pillow to its original shape, you must get rid of the moisture and the debris inside. The best way to do this is with a washing machine and dryer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread

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Instructions

    Synthetic Pillows

  1. 1

    Wash your pillow in the washing machine. Place the pillow in the washing machine by itself, along with the manufacturer-recommended amount of liquid detergent for a light load. The water temperature is of no consequence.

  2. 2

    Run the pillow through a second rinse cycle to remove any residual soap.

  3. 3

    Dry the pillow in the dryer on low heat. Every 15 minutes, open the dryer door and shake, scrunch and pull the pillow to keep the fibres from clumping during the drying process. Dry for more than one cycle, if necessary. Most pillows lose their lumps at this point. However, if it is still lumpy, move on to step four.

  4. 4

    Remove the stitching on one side of the synthetic pillow.

  5. 5

    Remove the stuffing and spread it on a table.

  6. 6

    Pull apart any clumps of stuffing with your hands.

  7. 7

    Re-stuff the pillow and sew the opening shut.

    Down Pillows

  1. 1

    Wash your pillow in the washing machine. Place the pillow in the washing machine by itself, along with the manufacturer-recommended amount of a liquid down detergent specially formulated for use on down-filled pillows, comforters and apparel. The water temperature is of no consequence.

  2. 2

    Run the pillow through a second rinse cycle to remove any residual soap.

  3. 3

    Dry the pillow on high heat. Every 15 minutes, open the dryer door and shake, scrunch and pull the pillow to keep the feathers from clumping during the drying process. Dry for more than one cycle, if necessary.

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