How to Wash Microbead Pillows the Right Way

Microbead pillows are alternative pillow types that are gaining popularity because they’re remarkably soft, the pillows don’t go flat, and the smooth-rolling beads inside the pillow allow it to conform to your body when you lay down on it and if you’re here you’re probably wondering how to wash microbead pillows.

These types of pillows are filled with thousands of micro polystyrene beads and are extremely light and fluffy. The microbeads are often contained with a soft elastic material such as lycra and spandex that enable the beads to move freely for great pliability. 

Like any other pillow, you’ll need to wash it regularly, but how often should you wash it and what care instructions should you follow? 

Our guide has all the answers. 

How to Wash Microbead Pillows

It’s best to read the care and washing instructions on the pillow before washing it. Different brands might have different care instructions and ignoring instructions can result in damage to your pillow.

Some pillows with micro-polyester beads are machine washable and dryer compatible and others should only be hand cleaned. The pillow can also be taken to the dry cleaners if you’re not sure how to clean it yourself.

How to Wash Microbead Pillows by Hand

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Some pillows aren’t washing machine compatible and it’s also best to hand wash if you’re not sure if it will hold up in the machine.

Follow these steps to wash your pillow by hand:

Step 1: Wipe Clean

Start by making a mixture of warm water and mild laundry detergent or dish soap. You can also make your own cleaner with natural home items. Grab a clean cloth, dip it in the warm water solution and wipe the pillow exterior. Focus on areas with extra grime or stains and be careful to only dampen the exterior of the pillow since it shouldn’t be saturated or submerged underwater.

Step 2: Rinse the Soap

Take a clean cloth or sponge and some clean, hot water. Wipe away any soap you see on the fabric. Remove as much soapy mixture as you can but try not to wet the cooling pillow too much.

Step 3: Air Dry

Hang the pillow or lay it flat to air dry. Remember to rotate it regularly so both sides can fully dry off. It’s best to let your pillow sit for 24 hours and avoid direct sunlight since the sun can fade or discolor the elastic pillow cover.

How to Wash a Microbead Pillow in a Washing Machine

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Most people prefer machine washing to hand washing because it’s a lot easier and machine washing often removes a lot more stains. 

You can use the following washing instructions if your pillow can be machine washed:

Step 1: Place the Pillow Inside a Cover

Light microbead pillows should never simply be tossed into a washing machine. The agitator can damage the pillow or rip the delicate stretchy fabric and ruin your pillow.

To prevent damage to the pillow exterior, you should place the microbead pillow inside a larger pillowcase or inside a laundry bag that can be shut tightly.

It’s best to use a pillowcase of a similar or lighter color so you can avoid color bleed stains on your pillow.

Step 2: Wash the Pillow

You can now toss the pillow into the washing machine along with other clothing or linen items of the same color. Washing the pillow alone could put too much strain on the fabric which could result in stretches or tears. Other fabric items like towels will also help weigh down the pillow so it can be properly washed on all sides. 

It’s very important to select a gentle cycle with warm or cold water and to only use a mild detergent for washing your pillow. Any mild laundry detergent is fine to use but you should avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or fabric softener.

Step 3: Dry the Pillow

You can now remove the pillow from the washing machine and place them in the dryer. Keep your microbead pillow inside its protective casing. Set the dryer on its lowest temperature setting on a gentle cycle. It’s best to stop the dryer before the pillow is completely dry because the excess temperature can damage the tiny polystyrene beads inside your pillow. 

Step 4: Air Dry

If the pillow is 90-95% dry, you can remove it from the dryer and the protective cover. Hang it over a rail or lay it flat on a dry towel so it can finish drying. Remember to turn the pillow over regularly so it can dry on all sides. 

It’s also best not to air dry in direct sunlight since UV rays can fade or weaken the pillow cover. Your pillow should be completely dry within a few hours. 

How Often Should You Wash Microbead Pillows?

Most pillow types are used along with a pillowcase that protects your pillow and keeps the lining from absorbing oils and sweat from your skin. Despite the extra layer, it’s still important to wash a pillow regularly or dust mites, germs and other contaminants can settle in the pillow fibers. Regular washing also helps the pillows keep their shape.

It’s recommended to wash your pillow every three to six months. If you use a pillow protector below the pillowcase, you can get away with washing your pillow once every six or more months. On the other hand, if you don’t have that extra protective layer, it’s probably best to wash your pillow every three months. 

Bottom Line

Learning how to wash microbead pillows carefully will help keep your pillow in great shape for longer. Proper care and cleaning will also keep your pillow fresh and hygienic so it won’t cause allergies, skin breakouts or asthma.

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