Many side sleepers know a Tempurpedic pillow, a pillow that is for supporting the ways they sleep. However, just like any other pillows, questions like, “Can I wash a Tempurpedic pillow?” may arise in their minds.
If you’re anything like them, you’re on the right track by reading this article.
Before we give you the how-to guides in washing a Tempurpedic pillow, we’re going to let you see if a Tempurpedic is washable or not. Here are our “why’s”:
Is Tempurpedic pillow washable
Yes, Tempurpedic pillows are washable pillows. In other words, you can wash your pillows if they belong to the Tempurpedic categories.
Their unique characteristics lie in their zippers and pillowcases.
More specifically, these two pillow elements contain the company-patented TEMPUR materials that combine memory foams, polyfoams, and viscoelastic gels.
Such distinctive traits make their washing treatments different from other pillow types. Hand-wash is the only washing method you can use for Tempurpedic pillows.
Can memory foam pillows grow mold
Yes, because molds grow from anywhere wet or moist.
Even if hypoallergenic is the memory foam pillows’ nature, these pillows trap dead skin cells and sweat faster than other pillow types.
If your memory foam pillows get too wet for whatever reasons, there are huge chances that molds will grow from your pillows’ surfaces.
Those conditions will only get worse if you don’t have adequate pillow covers. Alternatively, if you couple your memory foam pillows with sheepskin or lambskin underlays, those underlays can only encourage the molds’ growth.
In addition, if your memory foam pillows contain either one formaldehyde, toluene diisocyanate, or pesticides, those toxic ingredients will also be triggers for molds, mildews, or other problems to arise.
Can dust mites live in memory foam pillows
Yes. Dust mites can live in memory foam pillows just as much as molds growing from anywhere around the pillow’s surfaces.
There’s a high-density foam layer in every memory foam pillow that can absorb whatever particles are around your house. The second deepest layer in the memory foam pillows doesn’t only absorb the air.
Unfortunately, it also absorbs your dead skin cells and the entire contaminants in the dead skin cells. Even if your body doesn’t come in direct touch with the memory foam pillows’ layer, the absorbing process is still doing its “jobs” as it should be.
These things are the favorite foods of dust mites. Even worse, the dust mites can even poop inside your memory foam pillows.
The more open cells that your memory foam pillow surfaces have, the more likely dust mites grow sporadically and live in them.
If such things occur, the only way to prevent the dust mites’ population is to use anti-mite pillow covers. Then, wash the pillow and pillow covers separately according to the company’s instructions.
How often should I wash my Tempurpedic pillow
Tempurpedic pillows are among the most sensitive ones to sweats and other forms of liquids. Therefore, the washing frequency and the general washing methods of Tempurpedic products can be different from other pillow types.
Here, there are two ways that we believe can be the answers to the ideal frequency of washing your Tempurpedic pillows. The first way focuses on the drying periods, while the second one focuses on the replacement periods.
In general, you’ll need to dry your Tempurpedic pillows every 3-7 days. These durations are the same ones as when your hair gets wet.
So, immediately dry your Tempurpedic pillows every time you finish washing your hair. In doing so, you’ll need to use a clean, dry towel. You can also use hair dryers to help speed up the drying processes of your Tempurpedic pillows.
As for replacing, the company that produces Tempurpedic pillows gives a 5-year warranty to the products. This warranty period means the maximum time for you to get a replacement for no cost is in five years.
However, there are specific things that can modify the replacement periods. Some examples are the loss of the foams’ structural integrity and the forms that have gone inflexible. As a result, paying attention to these early red flag signs is integral to ensure the replacement periods are in time.
Can you machine-wash Tempurpedic pillows
No. You can’t, and should never, ever, wash your Tempurpedic pillows in a washing machine.
Even if your Tempurpedic pillows are moldy, have yellow stains, or have become inflexible, machine-washing those pillows will only damage the inner structures that they have.
Furthermore, machine-washing Tempurpedic pillows won’t remove the persistent problems in your products. Remember that Tempurpedic pillows contain formaldehyde, a chemical substance that most people know as toxic.
Many people reported health conditions that get worsened after they machine-wash their Tempurpedic pillows.
Having a sore neck is the top #1 health problem in those people. Other health problems include difficulty breathing, amnesia (due to the declining quality of Tempurpedic pillows), and more.
Tempurpedic pillows’ “Tempur” formula is yet another reason why you can’t machine-wash them. The “Tempur” formula can’t get wet no matter what the reasons are. In such ways, deal with the “Tempur” formula first before washing your Tempurpedic pillows.
How to wash a Tempurpedic pillow
Most people prevent us from washing a Tempurpedic pillow for many reasons. The anti-wet “Tempur” formula is the primary reason for people to avoid washing their Tempurpedic.
However, fret not since there are ways to wash a Tempurpedic pillow. Follow these steps to clean your Tempurpedic products (P.S.: You don’t even need to plunge your Tempurpedic pillows into a washing machine):
- Open up the doors and the windows around your place when you want to clean your Tempurpedic pillows. This action is to improve the ventilation in the area and to remove any moisture.
- Separate the pillow covers that contain the Tempur material to deal with them first.
- Seal the covers’ zipper and turn them inside out.
- Use a sponge that you’ve dipped into a mild dish soap to clean each of the pores that your Tempurpedic pillow covers have.
- Press a paper towel around the wet cover areas to dry them.
- Continue to dry by wiping the covers off using a well-wrung cloth. Let them sit overnight.
- Repeat Step 4-Step 6 for the pillows.
- Cover the already-dried pillows with the pillow covers. Store the Tempurpedic products in a dry environment with a maximum relative humidity level of 65% without folding them.
What happens if you wash a memory foam pillow
A memory foam pillow is so unlike other pillow types. Disasters can happen if you don’t wash a memory foam pillow according to the instructions.
One effect that you can receive is, your memory foam pillow’s structure will break down. The padding is the part that will have the most impact from the inappropriate washing methods.
The weakened materials and the shortened memory foam pillows’ life spans are the two other follow-up consequences. Eventually, such things will make your memory foam pillows less effective in supporting your health condition.
Here in this article, we’re dismantling the common myth that people say about the allegedly unwashable Tempurpedic pillows.
You can wash Tempurpedic pillows, but not in a washing machine. Following the instructions we give in this article will also help you to clean up your Tempurpedic products.
Curious to learn how to remove yellow sweat stains from pillowcases too?
Craig Canapari, MD, is the director of the pediatric Sleep Medicine Program at Yale Medicine. He is the expert in mattress.