Support Your Down Pillow & It Will Support You
A Quality goose down pillow will last about 5 years or less if you ride it hard and put it away wet, as the saying goes. Your pillow will last longer if you care for it.
Daily Care: Fluff your pillow(s) daily. It's as easy as it sounds; simply give your pillow a few good shakes from end to end and side to side.
Use a pillow protector and wash it frequently (once a week is a good rule of thumb) in hot water. This will help keep body oils, perspiration and other soils away from the goose down, which will help to extend the useful life of your pillow.
Down pillows like to be dry. They favor low humidity, so if you live in a very humid region and have an air conditioner, your pillows will thank you for using it.
If you find that your pillow is loosing it's firmness and resilience, give it a spin in the dryer, at low heat, or simply put it outside on a nice dry (low humidity) & sunny day. If this does not revive your pillow, it likely needs a bath.
Time For A Bath
Plumeria Bay® goose down pillows; the Cascadia™, Traditional Luxury™, the Plumeria™ and our Eiderdown pillows, are machine washable.
Down pillows should be washed only when necessary. Once or twice a year is, yet another, good rule of thumb.
When it is time to launder your down pillows, we suggest that you use a professional cleaner who is experienced in laundering quality down items. If you do not have a such a cleaner locally, we recommend Blanc
If you are an industrious do-it-yourself type of person, have a washing machine with no agitator (like a front loading washer), and want to spend the hours it takes to properly wash and dry your pillows, here are the instructions:
- Before washing, make sure that the fabric is not too old or deteriorated from body oils, or weakened from age.
- Do not use agitator machine.
- Do use a large front loading commercial
- Make sure the pillow has plenty of water & room to "swim".
- Use warm water and a gentle non-bleach detergent. We like Tide Free®.
After washing, while the down is wet, you may notice a somewhat pungent odor. This odor is natural with all down products, and will disappear when the goose down is completely dry.
Be certain to dry your pillow(s) very thoroughly so they don't mold or mildew.
- It will take about 2-3 hours (or longer) to completely dry 2 standard size pillows.
- Use a large dryer on low to medium heat. It is important that your pillows have room to toss and fluff as they dry.
- Commercial dryers can get very hot. If you are not careful, you might burn the fabric of your down pillow(s), or even the down clusters. Nothing (well, almost nothing) is worse than burnt brittle down clusters.
- Check the pillows every 20 minutes or so when drying and check for overheating.
- Pull the wet clusters apart when you check the pillow. This will help them dry.
- Do not mistake a warm pillow for a dry pillow.
- Make sure your pillows are dry.
There. You're done. Aren't you glad you had a professional do this? :)
The cotton bags our down pillows come in are breathable and are perfect for storing them in! Do make sure your pillows are kept in a dry place when storing.
Mold and mildew can ruin goose down, so make sure your items are completely dry before storing (in the Cotton storage bag your Pillow came in). If you do not have your storage bag, a cotton pillow case will work fine. Do not store your down pillow in plastic.
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