You may know by now that memory foam pillows come way back from the 1960-s when NASA used it for the airplane seats. Made with viscoelastic, the memory foam pillows come with many good things and only some minor drawbacks you need to consider.
We like memory foam as it molds instantly to your body as it reacts to your heat and pressure, distributing evenly your body weight. Memory foam is bouncy and it comes back to its original shape the second you remove the pressure (good one does, anyway…).
As sleep and comfort in your sleep is such a personal matter, we can only assume, by the popularity and sky-high sales, that memory foam pillows are quite comfortable. They alleviate pains from sleep positions and eliminate pressure points, supporting your body to get the proper natural alignment. They come in a great variety of shapes and sizes and you’re the one deciding if king size pillow works for you or a smaller size does the tricks for your comfortable sleep.
Memory foam pillows do come with some downsides though and the fact they retain body heat may be the most important one. There’s also the specific smell that some people may feel in the beginning, which is why it’s better to air out your pillow for a couple of hours before encasing it.
How to clean a solid memory foam pillow?
Memory foam pillows are very common as they are responsive and bouncy, resisting to decompression or crunching.
If you want the easy way, simply run some warm water over the pillow until the water comes our clear.
You could also remove the pillowcase first and submerse the pillow in a sink full of water afterwards. Some let the water run over the top of your pillow, moving it in different ways so that the inner padding is flushed out.
Even you may feel like saving some time, try to play it on the safe side and don’t put a solid memory foam pillow in your washing machine. The pillow doesn’t take the vibrations of the machine and the padding inside breaks.
You can’t put the solid memory foam pillow in a dryer either and it’s wise to let it dry in a well-ventilated area. You may even hang it out to dry and do it especially if it’s a sunny day. The insides of your memory foam pillow dry even faster like that.
What about the shredded memory foam pillows?
Some would rather use the shredded memory foam pillows as this type of memory foam lets you shift in your sleep, still getting the support of the memory foam. The shredded pieces increase breathability and the heat dissipation is more efficient. This gives you a more comfortable and a cooler pillow.
Memory foam is also a healthy option, as it doesn’t encourage the growth of allergens, nor does it let dust mites grow inside.
It’s important to wash the memory foam pillow from time to time as the particles may be trapped between the case and the core material. This way you get rid of the unpleasant smells, stains, spills or sweat.
Try not to soak entirely the memory foam material when you feel the pillow needs a washing. You may find foam that doesn’t soak up water and it pretty safe to submerse. Be sure that your pillow has that type of foam, as you don’t want water to seep in-between the cells. If so, chances are that mold and mildew may form as the pillow dries and you’re not going to be able to use the pillow any time soon.
As for the accidents (a liquid soaking through the case), don’t waste any time and wipe the memory foam with a damp cloth to get it off right the way.
If you feel, it’s really that time when your shredded memory foam needs a washing, soak it in water and let it dry outside for better and faster drying.
The main rule of never using the washing machine applies to the shredded memory foam pillow also. Never use the dryer, as you do want your shredded memory foam to last for a long time.
Getting a memory foam/shredded memory foam pillow is a great choice as the pillow isn’t just comfortable, affordable and reliable for all sleep positions, but it’s also a pillow easy to take care of. As long as you never forget not to use the washing machine or the dryer, you’re good to go when it comes to cleaning it. That is, if you want to have it around for longer than a month.