How to Clean a Feather Pillow
Feather pillows are delicate items which makes cleaning them a difficult task. It’s hard to avoid washing pillows, as they become dirty with sweat, dirt, and body oil after regular use. But, on the other hand, you want to try not to wash these delicate pillows too often, as it can ruin the integrity of the feather pillows. Let’s dive into the different options that you have when you need to clean your feather pillows.
When opting to use a washing machine to clean your feather pillows, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure that your pillows do not get ruined by the wash.
First, use a small amount of high-efficiency detergent and avoid any type of fabric softener. Using the wrong type of detergent or fabric softener can leave chemical residue on your feathers, as well as clump them together. Overall, it will make your feather pillows lumpy, and ruin the fluffiness that comes with a new feather pillow.
Next, when using a washing machine, it’s essential to level out the machine by washing two pillows at once. If you don’t have extra pillows, throw in a few white towels to balance out the load. Finally, make sure to use cold water, and send the pillow through the rinse cycle two times.
When it comes time to dry the pillows, it is absolutely essential that the pillows are completely dry before you put them back on your bed or couch. To do this, run the dry cycle at least two times on low. You can also throw in wool dryer balls to help remove the clumps from your pillows as they go through the dryer.
Dry cleaning is the easiest way to ensure that your pillows will be cleaned properly. Some feather pillows actually require a dry-cleaning in order to be cleaned without ruining the integrity of the pillow. If this is the case, the tag on the pillow will say “dry clean only.” Regardless, it is always a good idea to opt for a professional laundering of your delicate feather pillows.
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