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How to Properly Wash and Care for Your Memory Foam Pillow

by Angeline T. 04 Jul 2024

     In terms of comfort and support, memory foam pillows have garnered a lot of favor in recent years. However, most people are expected to always get stuck on how to clean and maintain these unique pillows. This might damage the foam and lead to a reduction in the pillow's life span when inappropriate washing means and procedures are used. In this detail-oriented guide, we will help you through every step involved in how to wash memory foam pillow safely and effectively.

Why Wash Your Memory Foam Pillow?

     Like any bedding, memory foam pillows can gather in the dirt, oils, dust mites, and other undesired components over time. Accumulation may not only make your pillow less clean and fresh but also produce allergies, and odors, and even reduce the life of the foam prematurely. Maintaining hygiene, comfort, and durability of the memory foam pillow demands regular washing.

     Specialists suggest cleaning your memory foam pillow every 3 to 6 months or when it looks or smells dirty. Some situations warrant washing this pillow more frequently: when you have been sick, wear a heavy night sweater, or when you sometimes use the pillow while eating in bed.

When to Wash Memory Foam Pillows

     In general, it is recommended to wash memory foam pillow every six months to a year. This may vary by use and how the need for a clean pillow is felt in the body of the owner. However, there are a few factors that can influence the optimal washing schedule:

1. Usage frequency: Given that you use your memory foam pillow every night, obviously, you should clean it more often than a person who uses it only from time to time. Pillows in use every night will gather more dirt, oils, and sweat over time.

2. Pillow protectors: A pillow protector or cover may extend the lengths between washing considerably, for the fact that it forms a barrier so that the pillows will not come into contact with your skin, hair, and all other possible sources of dirt and oils. Thus, pillows with protectors may be washed only every 12-18 months.

3. Sleeping environment: If you live in a very dusty or polluted area, your pillow will likely get dirty fast. Similarly, if you have pets who sleep with you, then you are bound to clean your pillow quite often to rid yourself of the pet dander and fur.

4. Personal preference: Some simply enjoy cleaning their pillows more often than necessary. It just comes down to personal hygiene and freshness for these people‚ÄĒnot entirely about answering the question of whether they "need" it or not.

The Best Time to Wash Memory Foam Pillows

     So, how often should you truly wash your memory foam pillow? Well, let's check a few things to consider:

Seasonal Changes: Many people find that washing the pillows at the beginning of spring or fall is very useful as it helps to rid the build-up of allergens and other seasonal debris off the pillow.

Vacation/Travel: Anytime you are going away for a vacation or traveling, wash your pillow before leaving and again upon returning home to your house.

Life changes:¬†Such life-changing periods‚ÄĒmoving to a new home, changing jobs, recovering from illness‚ÄĒcan also be excellent opportunities to clean your pillows as a way of entering into that new change.

Memory Foam Pillow

Preparing the Pillow for Washing

     Do these few steps before you start off with the process of washing to avoid damaging your memory foam:

1. Check the care label. Any care guidelines should be offered by the manufacturer for the given memory foam pillow. Do not take any brand at their word, but follow their special guidance.

2. Remove any Pillow Covers or Protectors. Take off pillow protectors or covers, for these should be washed separately according to specific laundry instructions provided for them.

3. Splot Clean the Pillow. First, blot the pillow to remove the easy-to-clean dirt. Apply a very mild detergent to a little dampened cloth and lightly scrub stained or soiled areas with that cloth, never rubbing onto the foam excessively.

4. Allow the pillow to dry completely before washing. Washing a damp or wet pillow can cause the foam to break down before its time.

Washing the Memory Foam Pillow

1. Gentle/delicate cycle. Because memory foam is easily agitated, choose the most gentle cycle available on your machine.

2. A very small amount of mild liquid detergent should be used. Do not add bleach or fabric softener, and harsh chemical cleaners must be kept away, as they are sure to ruin the foam.

3. You may wash the pillowcase singly or with other bedding items. Never mix it up with towels, garments, or any other heavy-duty pieces that may contribute to lint or cause abrasion in the wash.

4. If your machine has additional rinse cycles, run them to get rid of them. Trace soap can make the foam either sticky or stiff.

How to Wash Memory Foam Pillows

Drying the Memory Foam Pillow

     Drying is the commercially correct process to ensure the structure and comfort of your memory foam pillow. Here's how:

1. Never use a tumble dryer. High heat will ruin the foam, forever. Just air-dry.

2. Place the pillow in a well-ventilated area, out of the sun's rays. A superficial running of a fan can be used over the area to quicken drying.

3. Shake the pillow every so often while it is line drying to help it maintain its loft and support.

4. Then, allow the pillow to air dry for 24 to 48 hours before the pillow can be used again. Putting a half-wet pillow in your bed will promote the development of mold and mildew.

Extending the Life of Your Memory Foam Pillow

     Here are some ways through which you can maximize the lifetime of your memory foam pillow:

1. Rotate and flip: Rotate and flip the pillow after regular intervals to make the wear and tear distributed equally to all parts. No particular part of the pillow will thus have to bear all the pressure.

2. Pillow Protector: Be sure to get a good protector for your memory foam pillow to keep it safe from dirt, moisture, and other agents that the environment may present to speed up the degradation process.

3. Keeping the pillow clean: Spot clean the pillow every once in a while; deep cleaning would be feasible after every few months. However, the important thing here is a cautionary word that it is not advisable because submerging the whole pillow in water means definite damage to the memory foam.

4. Turning the Position of the Pillow: Rotate your pillow perhaps at the head, then at the foot, or at the side of the bed to spread the wear more evenly.

5. Replace the Pillow as Needed: Even with good care, a memory foam pillow will need to be replaced eventually. Keep an eye out for signs of wear, such as excessive lost loft or, more seriously, when it no longer rises back to its original shape after use.


     With simple care and cleaning techniques, you could end up with years of comfortable sleep from your memory foam pillow. These steps for maintaining a memory foam pillow will keep it in top shape so you can continue enjoying the excellent comfort and support it offers. Let good investment in pillow care and maintenance bring a better night's sleep with greater sleeping comfort and longevity.

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