Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in the life of a woman. It can also be an uncomfortable time. The added girth of the pregnant tummy can put the body out of its normal alignment, causing a disturbed sleep. Pregnancy pillows help with this problem.
Many pregnancy pillows are full body pillows, and they are stuffed with memory foam. That’s great news for pregnant women, because memory foam is one of the most comfortable types of pillow fillers around. Pillows need periodic cleaning, though, especially if they are used everyday. You may be wondering how to clean memory foam pillow products. Memory foam products require special care and cleaning.
Important Reasons To Keep Your Memory Foam Pillows Clean
If you suffer from allergies, you should keep your memory foam pillow as clean as possible. Allergy sufferers are often sensitive to dust mites, which can accumulate on pillows and bedding when they haven’t been cleaned in awhile.
There are also more personal reasons to keep your pillows clean. Pregnant women perspire more often in the summer. Pillows that aren’t washed regularly pick up undesirable body perspiration, loose hair and skin cells. It’s not a pleasant thought when you are trying to get a good night’s sleep.
Don’t Machine Wash Or Dry Your Memory Foam Pillows
You should never try to clean memory foam pillows in the washer or dryer. These pillows are made of polyurethane foam, which is a delicate material. The agitator of the washing machine is too strong for such material. Memory foam pillows also don’t benefit from the high heat of the dryer, which will tend to dry out the foam.
Because the use of a memory foam pillow involves hand washing, it may be best to keep a waterproof fabric cover on the pillow. Most waterproof pillow covers can be easily machine washed and dried. You will still get the benefit of the maximum comfort without having to clean the actual memory foam pillow too often.
Even with waterproof pillowcases, you should still clean your memory foam pillows at least once a year. This will keep them fresh smelling and in good condition.
Cleaning Solid One-Piece Memory Foam Pillows
If you have pillows that are stuffed with a solid piece of memory foam, these can be easily cleaned. Simply remove the pillows from their pillowcases and fill your sink or bathtub with warm water. You can add a tablespoon of Woolite if you wish.
Submerge the memory foam beneath the water for a few minutes. Remove the pillow and gently squeeze it, but don’t wring it out. Place it somewhere in your home to drip dry. You can also hang it on a clothes line on a sunny day to drip dry, which will give it a very nice fresh scent.
Cleaning Shredded Memory Foam Pillows
Many people prefer shredded memory foam pillows to the solid kind, because they don’t retain as much body heat, and the bits of shredded foam shift with body movements. Shredded memory foam is not as easy to clean as its solid counterpart, however. The problem is that water can get trapped between the shreds that may or may not be removed with drip drying. Once moisture has found its way into the cells of the pillow, it can develop into mold or mildew, which is unhealthy and gives the pillow a bad smell.
Instead, dip a terry towel in a solution of cold water and a small amount of mild soap. Dab the pillow surface lightly to remove odors, then blot out the moisture with a dry towel. Finish drying in a room with good air circulation. You can also shake a little dry baking soda on smelly parts of the pillow and vacuum off the next day.
If you accidentally spill a drink on your memory foam pillow, you will need to act quickly. Take a few dry terry cloth towels and blot the liquid over and over with dry parts of the towel until it is as dry as you can get it. Place the pillow in a well-ventilated area inside or outside, and leave it there until it is completely dry. You can also run a fan in front of it to help with the drying process.
You can also use a spray bottle full of half and half water and white vinegar to treat heavy stains such as pet urine. Spray the pillow lightly with the solution. Let stand no more than five minutes, then blot over and over and let sit until the area is completely dry.
If you keep a waterproof pillowcase on your memory foam pillow, you should be able to keep your memory foam pillow for use long after your pregnancy has ended.