How To Wash Polyester Pillows?

Polyester pillows are the most common type of pillows. They are available in different thicknesses and degrees of firmness. They also come in various sizes and are covered with a variety of breathable fabrics from cotton to linen and bamboo.

Polyester pillows are some of the best pillows that can be found these days. They are generally inexpensive, hypo-allergenic, available almost anywhere and what is also important, they are easy to be cleaned. 

Read our article and learn how to clean your polyester pillows properly and keep them always smelling fresh and clean.

How To Wash and Clean Polyester Pillows?

Wash Your Pillow Covers Regularly

One of the ways to keep your polyester pillows clean and prevent the dirt and sweat from getting deeper inside them is to wash pillow covers regularly if your pillows have removable covers made of breathable fibers that are machine washable. If the covers aren’t removable, then at least you can try to change pillowcases once a week.

The covers should be washed at least once per month in hot water and mild detergent. If you wash your pillow covers regularly, then your polyester pillows should only be washed once or twice a year unless you accidentally spill something on them or some other accident occurs.

Washing Your Polyester Pillows

Before you begin washing your polyester pillows check for any tears where the filling may get out and mend them. Check for any specific stains that may require special attention and treat them with a stain remover or a liquid laundry detergent.

Dip a clean white towel or cleaning cloth into the bowel of water and detergent or stain remover and use circular movements to remove the stains from your pillows before you wash them completely.

Polyester pillows are really gentle and you need to wash these delicate items by themselves on the cold and gentlest washing cycle possible with a small amount of mild detergent. When the cycle is complete, consider running them through an extra rinse cycle to ensure that all of the detergent is gone.

Ideally, you should wash them by hand. In such case you should use only cold water and small amount of mild detergent for hand washing.

Fill the sink or bathtub with water, add the detergent and submerge your pillows. Squeeze them gently until all the dirt gets out from them. Drain the soapy water and repeat the process with clear water this time. Repeat it several times until you wash out all the remains of soap.

Once you are done, gently squeeze the pillows to remove excess water. Avoid twisting or wringing them excessively as this could damage them.

How To Dry Polyester Pillows?

A good thing with these pillows is that you can dry them in a dryer. Fluff their filling before you put them in the dryer. Add wool dryer balls or clean tennis balls wrapped in socks. This will help break any clumps in your pillows.

Set the dryer on low to medium heat and stop it every 15 to 20 minutes to re-fluff the pillows by hand.

You can also let them dry naturally. In such case you should pick a sunny and breezy day to wash your pillows so that you can put them outside to dry. Hang them on a clothes line with the help of special pillow hangers or place them on a flat surface with a clean white towel beneath.

How To Freshen and Spot Clean Polyester Pillows?

If your polyester pillows are not dirty so much and just need to be freshened, you can do this by removing the protective covers and dusting them with baking soda.

Try to cover the whole surface of your pillows and let them sit for a couple of hours. After this you should vacuum the baking soda with the help of an upholstery vacuum cleaner attachment. This will help absorb odors and remove any dust, dust mites or pet hair from your pillows and keep them smelling fresh and clean.

To spot clean your polyester pillows, you will need a mix of a small amount of liquid dishwashing soap and two cups of cold or lukewarm water. Dip a clean white towel or cleaning cloth into the mix. Gently blot the stains and use circular movements to remove them.

Once the stains are gone, repeat the process with a clean water to remove any remaining soap. Use a hair dryer set on cool to dry the wet spots, dry the pillows in a dryer on low heat or let them dry naturally.