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.


How Can You Protect Your Pillows?


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.


How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?


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?