Latex pillows are appreciated for their breathability, hygiene and excellent quality. However, the characteristics of the material that composes them make their maintenance a little more rigorous than a traditional model.
If you have recently purchased such a pillow, we understand that you may have doubts about how to wash it, which is why we have compiled this informative guide for you.
In the following lines, we will explain how to wash latex pillows and also offer you some important tips to prevent the material from deforming.
We hope you find this information useful.
Can latex pillows be washed?
Before moving on to the main subject of this guide, it is important to answer the question that many people ask themselves: is it possible to wash a pillow made of this material? The answer, of course, depends on the manufacturer. In general, deep washing is not recommended because it causes deformation of the material or, in the worst case, its complete destruction. However, there are pillow designs that can be machine washed according to specific instructions. In other cases, it is possible to clean only the outer cover so as not to compromise the morphology of the cushion itself.
In short, it is possible to wash latex pillows if the manufacturer suggests it. However, the best advice for keeping these accessories in good condition is to wash them by hand or only clean the protective covers.
How to wash latex pillows without risking damaging them
Now that you know that it is possible to wash your pillows, we would like to share with you some tips so that you can get rid of all the impurities, allergens and dust that accumulate there without causing irreparable damage to the structure.
How to wash latex pillows by hand?
The best way to keep your pillow in pristine condition without compromising its shape is to be patient and hand wash it. To do this, you will need a soft brush, neutral detergent and a few towels.
- First, start brushing the surface of the cushion to remove any dust that may have lodged in the fabric.
- Dampen a cloth with water and a little neutral detergent and rub it on the pillow to remove the stains.
- Use another damp cloth to wipe away soap residue.
Once the cleaning phase is complete, an equally important step follows: drying. Remember that the material of latex pillows can be easily damaged by moisture, so be sure to completely remove any residual water to prevent bacteria and mold growth. To ensure proper drying, we recommend that you proceed as follows:
- Use a dry towel to blot the pillow. This will ensure that excess moisture is removed.
- Let the pillow dry in a ventilated place for about three to four hours. To avoid deformation of the material, let it rest in a horizontal position and turn it from time to time.
REMARK: Avoid exposing the pillow to direct sunlight or excessive heat, as this can cause unsightly yellow discoloration and damage the foam inside. It is also recommended to use white towels during the process to avoid staining the surface.
How to wash latex pillows in the washing machine?
If you are one of those people who like to save time, you might be wondering at this point how to wash latex pillows in the washing machine, right? First of all, you must make sure that the accessory is compatible with this type of maintenance. Once this information has been verified, you will need to proceed with the washing, following the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. It is not enough to simply put the pillow in the device and wait for it to do all the work, but certain precautions must be taken to avoid irreparable damage.
We would like to share with you some useful tips that will help you prevent the part from deforming during the cycle and becoming completely unusable.
- Choose a gentle wash cycle, like the one used to care for baby clothes.
- Make sure the temperature is right. 30° for washing cushions is ideal.
- Pay attention to the rinse cycle. If necessary, repeat this one more time to ensure that any soap residue is removed.
- To make sure your pillow is as clean as possible, you’ll also want to add a cup of vinegar or a few teaspoons of baking soda during your cycle.
REMARK: Although many pillows are machine washable, some experts still advise against this type of cleaning because it is too aggressive. Remember that if you do not take into account the precautions and recommendations provided by the manufacturer (and the advice that we have reported), it is very likely that you can damage its consistency and, therefore, you will have to throw it away.
And the exterior coating?
If your pillow has a removable cover, maintenance is even easier. In this case, simply remove it and wash it by hand or in the washing machine. If you opt for the faster procedure, be sure to use a temperature of 40° if the model is made of cotton. If it is made of synthetic fabric, on the other hand, it must be washed at 30°.
If you have the time and the desire to wash it by hand, we advise you to let the coating rest for a few minutes in a basin of hot water and liquid soap. Then just scrub a little to remove any residual dirt and use plain water to rinse. And that’s it, nothing could be simpler!
How often should maintenance be performed?
The answer to this question is closely related to how the pillow is used. In general, removable covers should be washed at least once a week. However, the recommended time varies with respect to the pillow itself. In this case, the ideal recommendation is every five to six months.
Of course, this period of time is also affected by other important factors such as the climate, because during the summer season we sweat more often and the padding tends to absorb body fluids. In this sense, it is better to do a deep cleaning every three months if you live in a hot region.
The type of coating also more or less determines the ideal maintenance time. If the person using the pillow is a child or an elderly person, we still recommend more frequent cleaning. The same applies if you often dye your hair or if you have an allergy or rhinitis. In these cases, a thorough cleaning every three months is almost mandatory.
REMARK: While it’s true that latex pillows are known for their excellent anti-mite properties, that doesn’t make them immune to getting dirty or absorbing odors and stains. In this sense, you must not forget to wash your pillows at the recommended time, otherwise they could cause you more inconvenience than benefit.
Some useful tips
Now that you’ve learned how to wash latex pillows, it’s important that you consider a few more tips to avoid compromising their structure, preventing mold and mildew growth, and consistently achieving positive results.
- Use an additional liner: While it is true that many cushions available in specialty stores include a protective cover, our recommendation is to give them an extra cover to give them an extra touch of protection. This small investment will not only contribute to the well-being of the pillow, but also prevent easy discoloration and facilitate maintenance.
- Never twist the structure: As we have already said, latex pillows are very delicate and deform easily, so twisting or crushing them should be avoided at all costs, especially when cleaning. If you do this, the structure may lose its original shape and not be as comfortable for you as before.
Before saying goodbye
As you may have noticed in this guide, the cushions can be washed by hand or in the washing machine if the technology with which they are made allows it. Remember that there is not just one type of pillow on the market, but rather a wide variety of options to suit your personal preferences and those of your family.
For example, you can find 100% natural or organic alternatives and synthetic options, each with their own cleaning pros and cons. In the former case, you may need to do a bit more maintenance, however, natural latex pillows can offer a higher level of hygiene than their synthetic brethren.
In any case, the most obvious recommendation is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly, regardless of the type of pillow. It’s important to keep in mind that every texture is different, and a wash that works for one model could completely damage another. For this reason, we recommend doing some research before washing your latex pillow, especially if it’s a particularly expensive piece.