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How Often Should You Wash Pillow & Mattress Protectors?

Updated March 23, 2017

Pillow and mattress protectors keep your pillows and mattress looking good long after the initial purchase. In addition, pillow and mattress protectors keep your mattress and pillows free of stains and mildew. Mattress and pillow protectors also help for children and adults who suffer from incontinence. Washing mattress and pillow covers extends their lifetime and usefulness.

Machine Wash

Wash your pillow and mattress protectors as often as you wish. Ideally, wash pillow and mattress protectors at least once a month. This will protect your pillows and mattress from bacteria, mould, dust mites and other insects. Before putting your mattress and pillow protector on your bed, wash it first.

Mattress and pillow protectors are most often made of polyester, cotton or a poly cotton blend. Machine wash your mattress and pillow protector in warm or slightly cold water. Avoid chlorine bleach.

Tumble Dry

After you've finished washing your pillow and mattress protector, dry the bedding items in one of two ways. Hang them on a line to dry, or tumble dry your protectors. If you tumble dry your bedding, use a low or medium temperature setting. If you tumble dry your pillow and mattress protector on high, it will cause your bedding to lose its protective qualities. The back of your protectors may peel away, leaving the pillows and mattress susceptible to leaks and other damage.

General Care

If you choose to hang-dry your protective bedding, never use an iron to remove wrinkles from the protective bedding. Heat from the iron may damage to your pillow and mattress covers. Never dry clean your protective bedding. Pillow and mattress covers were meant for use by humans. Allowing your pet to urinate on your protective bedding will destroy the it's protective properties. Avoid using your protective bedding inside out. You won't receive any protective benefits if the protective barrier isn't facing your pillow or mattress.

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Christopher Carter loves writing business, health and sports articles. He enjoys finding ways to communicate important information in a meaningful way to others. Carter earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Eastern Illinois University.