Feather Pillows

Written by Shirley Parker
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Feather pillows require a little extra care compared to synthetics, but are not really a great deal of trouble. Most mishaps can be easily handled, if the pillow is protected by a washable cover that can be taken off, when it gets soiled. Time and repeated use will eventually stain the pillow itself, of course.

If feather pillows are old, the seams may be weakened enough that putting them in either a home or commercial washing machine could cause the feathers to burst through from the agitation. The resulting mess may be time-consuming to clean up, or worse, may clog the machine and trigger a call to the repairman. The bottom line is that it would be better to dry clean older pillows.

If two feather pillows seem to be in good enough shape to survive a trip in the washing machine, use a very mild detergent and cold or warm water, not hot. Use the delicate cycle. An extra rinse cycle should get rid of all the soap, but washing again without soap might be a good idea, if the pillows seem to be surviving well. Two pillows will keep the washer from banging like a plumber gone mad when the load is uneven. Then, if you can stand the noise in the dryer, add an old pair of (clean!) sneakers when tumble drying the pillows. They may well take hours to dry, but resist the temptation to raise the temperature to speed things up. Keep it low and remember to fluff them again after you take them out.

One More Thing To Keep in Mind About Feather Pillows

The pillows are an investment and will last a long time when cared for. Please don't allow the kids to have pillow fights with them. Pillow fights aren't a good idea anyway. They usually aren't very funny and only encourage kids to be aggressive.


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