Are Memory Foam Pillows Machine Washable?

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Although they generally cost more money than standard pillows, memory foam pillows provide a level of comfort and support many people find not available otherwise. During routine use, a memory foam pillow may become dirty from sweat and body oils that penetrate the foam. Washing a memory foam pillow improperly can damage or destroy it.

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Memory Foam

NASA developed memory foam in the 1970s. The product then entered the consumer market. A number of companies have begun to replicate the memory-foam formula. Its unique property is that after being compressed, it will return to its original state. It is a long-lasting material that provides support while conforming to the body's contours. Some items manufactured with memory foam include mattress toppers, shoes, cushions and pillows.

Washing Machine

Although a memory foam pillow will fit in the washing machine, it is not advisable to do so. Memory foam is constructed of tiny, porous foam cells. These cells will hold the water particles long after it comes out of the washing machine and has been rang out to dry. This can facilitate fungus growth and also destroy the memory foam's compression properties.

Pillow Case

A quality pillow case will limit the amount of dust, dirt, debris, seat and body oils that touch the pillow's surface. Shop for a memory foam pillow that has a removable pillow case. Also, washing the pillow case frequently will reduce the chance of your pillow developing smells. Memory foam pillow protectors, which provide another barrier of defence against spills, stains and odours, are also available.

Spot Cleaning

If liquids reach the surface of the memory foam, spot cleaning is the only way to wash the memory foam. Mix a mild solution of detergent with warm water. Dampen a cloth with the solution and use it to dab and gently wipe the pillow. Do not saturate the foam. Use a paper towel to absorb as much moisture off the pillow as possible after cleaning it. Place the pillow in a well-ventilated area to dry.

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