"How Do I Wash My Wool Pillow?"

January 19, 2017

 Wool fiber has a range of benefits for pillows including the use of natural materials, temperature-regulating abilities, and the added benefit of holding its shape for a long time. However, if living luxuriously were easy, everyone would do it...

A bed pillow should be washed two-to-six months and unlike a polyester filling; washing high-end pillows such as downs, organic cotton, and wools isn't as straightforward. But we're going to simplify it for you with several recommendations so you can avoid major pitfalls and common mistakes.

First of all, do NOT wash them with other loads in a standard cycle. Wool fibers will shrink and felt in a normal wash cycle, a phenomenon known as "wool felting". Hot water and hot drying accelerate this process making the fibers turn lumpy. For this reason, we've developed our own eco-wool fiber that is made to reduce felting using specialized enzymes to wash off the wool scales and surface materials. This allows the pillows to be washable. If you do have our Natural-Organic Wool Pillow or another with similar materials, here are instructions on how to properly wash it.

WASHING

  • Use large commercial size washers up to 60 lbs or more. This allows ease in water flow while preventing fiber lumping. Select delicate wash cycle with cold wash in a front-loading machine.

DRYING

  • Use a low-temperature setting in large dryer. Never use a hot dryer or a small home dryer as either will could ruin the pillow.

  • Ensure that the pillows are tumbling all the time without being stagnant at one position due to its size or other articles obstructing its movement. Air must circulate in the dryer and not hit the same region of the pillow.

  • Preferably do not attempt to dry more than two pillows at a time, and do not run mixed loads.
The other alternatives is to use pillowcases for frequent washing or even dual covers when higher soiling is expected. Wool pillows can also be spot and dry cleaned. In addition, if you frequently wash pillows, consider alternative filling such as down alternative fiber or similar synthetic fiber with organic covers.

    With some extra care, wool pillows can make you feel like you're sleeping at a 5-Star Resort every night giving you a deep and healthy sleep without any harmful chemical concerns. They offer excellent support and are naturally flame retardant making them free from toxic fire retardants. If you haven't already invested in your own wool pillow experience, click here for more information on our premium Natural-Organic Wool selection




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