Bed. It should be the most relaxing place in the world, shouldn't it? But if you don't look after your mattress and bedding properly, it could quickly become a place of nightmares; particularly your pillows. Dead skin cells, dust mites, bacteria, fungi, and mould all thrive in unwashed pillows… But don't worry, Silentnight are on hand to help you with a few tips and tricks to ensure your pillows are the last thing you worry about before you go to sleep.
First, let's go over the downside to not looking after your beloved pillows, that you lay your head upon every night. One common problem with uncared for bedding and pillows can be dust mites. Dust mites are part of the spider family, but can be scarier than a regular spider for any arachnophobe. Feeding on flakes of human skin that reside in the crevices of pillows and in carpets, upholstery, draperies, and other dusty areas, dust mites are an unwelcome visitor. Whilst dust mites do not carry diseases, they can be known for causing and heightening allergies, which isn't great news for asthma or dust allergy sufferers.
Did you know that an adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night and there can be up to 16 types of bacteria in one pillow? Even more concerning, is that if your pillow is left unwashed for a few months, a third of it could end up being made up of dead skin, bugs, mites and mites' droppings. We're not sure about you, but we're not overly keen on the thought of sharing our heads with these unwelcome visitors.
To avoid creating a pillow environment to send shivers down your spine, we recommend using pillow protectors, which should be washed weekly. This will keep the surface of your pillow clean between giving the pillow itself a full wash.
Pillows themselves should be washed around every three months. If possible wash at 60 degrees plus to kill the mites and clean away any bacteria which may be inhibited within. Put two in at a time to keep the washer balanced.
As an extra precaution, you may also want to give you pillows a blast in your tumble drier every month. This will not only keep them plump and comfortable, but the heat will once again, kill off any mites or bacteria.
If you follow the correct care instructions, your pillows should be replaced every 2-3 years. However, different materials and fibres may last more or less time.
Why not look at our great range of pillows online at Silentnight and upgrade yours today?