How To Wash Feather Pillows | Soak&Sleep

There's no better feeling than diving into bed and falling onto a set of fresh, fluffy feather pillows. But, after sleeping on them for some time they can start to feel less plump. Here at Soak&Sleep, we have put together some advice about how to wash and care for your feathered pillows.

Can you wash your feather and down pillows?

In short, yes you can wash feather pillows. They can be washed at home using a gentle amount of detergent, but we'd always recommend getting them professionally cleaned. You can also put your feather pillows in the tumble dryer to keep them super fluffy. Feather pillows provide that luxurious and comforting night's sleep so you will want to keep them in tip-top shape to have that heavenly feeling again and again. 

How to wash feather pillows

Are pillows machine washable?

It’s possible to wash a feather pillow at home, but we’d always recommend professional laundering, as the drum needs to be large and the pillow needs to be bone dried before going back onto your bed. To keep the load even, place two pillows in the washer at a time with the machine setting on cold or warm. Dry your pillows before and after coming out of the wash to ensure that they’re properly dried to avoid any damage to the filling.

Should I use a detergent when washing pillows?

It's a good idea to add a reduced amount of gentle detergent to your wash load when laundering your feather pillows, or a specialist wash for the feather filling.

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How do you wash pillows in the washing machine?

Set your machine to a gentle wash cycle so that the feathers aren’t ruined. Run the rinse and spin cycles twice to ensure that all the soap and water is removed from the feathered pillows.

Remember to always double check the washing instructions on your pillows before washing them.

How to dry feather pillows

Can feather pillows go in a tumble dryer?

Yes, putting feather pillows in the tumble dryer is the best way to get them dry and to keep them looking and feeling fresh. For best results, grab a clean tennis ball or two and add them to your dryer with your pillows inside. That way they will gently beat against the pillows as they tumble and maximise the fluff and reduce the lumps.

Make sure that you set the dryer on its lowest setting. Stop the dryer every so often to manually fluff them yourself and then place back inside the dryer. You may find that your feather pillows require longer drying time than normal pillows but keep at it to ensure that your feather pillows are lump free.

Can you dry clean feather pillows?

If you don’t trust yourself with the job, take a trip to your local dry cleaners and get a professional launderer to make your pillows fluffy and lump-free.

How to make your feather pillows last longer

Look after your investment by using a pillow protector - this will help keep your pillows feeling fresher for longer. Shake and beat your pillows every morning to distribute the fill, and once a pillow lay your pillow to air without its coverings on it. 


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For further information on how to wash pillows and other top tips, visit our Pillow Care Guide.