How to clean your feather pillow

Pillows come with a variety of fillings down, buckwheat, wool, down, feathers and synthetic materials.

Pillows should be cleaned or replaced at least every six months or sooner. Always check the label of your pillow for its special care instructions. Pillows should be dried out completely after washing to prevent the growth of mould or mildew.

Feather pillows can be hand washed or dry cleaned.

Hand wash pillows in mild detergent and avoid soap. Soap is more difficult to remove and can leave a residue. Feathers repel water naturally and so must be soaked in water and pushed down to remove as much air as possible during the pre-soaking period.

Rinsing: Add a 14 cup of vinegar to the rinse water to help remove the detergent residue.

Drying – Either dry pillows outside on a sunny day or on a hot cycle in your dryer. If you have chosen to use a dryer, place a tennis ball into the drum along with the pillow to help keep the pillow from bunching up. Monitor the drying process ever 1- to 15 minutes, shake the pillow vigorously to redistribute the down and place back into the dryer each time. Repeat until pillows are dry, light and fluffy. Remove immediately from dryer at this stage. Allowing your down pillow to sit in a dryer after its cycle is not good for the filling.

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