Care of Microbead Pillows


Commonly constructed of a breathable Lycra fabric, microfiber pillows come loosely stuffed with polystyrene beads. These polystyrene or microbeads are extremely lightweight and slippery, giving the pillow its squishy feel. Microbead pillows come in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering welcome comfort to those who normally experience pain in the head and neck. In fact, their ability to conform to any shape means maximum support. Microbead filled pillow are hypoallergenic and require little care aside from regular cleanings.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillowcase
  • Damp cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Pat dust off the pillow daily, using your hands to prevent accumulation, or place the microbead pillow in a pillowcase. Change the pillowcase weekly to keep the microbead pillow fresh.

  • Spot clean the microbead pillow with a damp cloth. For tough stains, add a squirt of dish soap to the cloth. Rub the cloth over the surface of the microfiber pillow. Rinse the cloth until the water runs clear and wipe away soap residue left on the pillow. Hang to drip dry---fasten the pillow to a hanger or clothesline using a clothespin.

  • Toss the microfiber pillow into a washer set on the gentle cycle. Set the washer for a cold-water wash and rinse. Remove the microbead pillow after the wash cycle ends and hang the pillow to drip dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not leave infants unattended on microfiber pillows, due to the increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Do not dry the microbead pillow in the clothes dryer. Doing so can damage the beads.
  • Some microbead pillows cannot tolerate machine washing. If this is the case, it must go to the dry cleaners for cleaning.

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