Instructions on How to Wash a Protect-a-Bed

Take care with temperature settings when washing and drying Protect-a-Bed products.
Take care with temperature settings when washing and drying Protect-a-Bed products. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Protect-a-Bed mattress covers, pillow protectors, encasements and other products keep bedding clean and dry. Some of these items zip closed to foil bedbugs. Others hug the mattress top like a snug fitted sheet to guard against bacteria and dust mites. Whatever the design, all Protect-a-Bed products can be safely cleaned in the washing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Detergent
  • Clothes dryer
  • Towels or bed linens

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Zip up any zippered item. Leave 12 inches unzipped on a mattress encasement and 6 unzipped inches on a pillow protector.

Place the item in your washing machine. Either a front-load model or a top-loader with an agitator will wash a Protect-a-Bed product safely.

Set the desired water temperature. Hot, warm or cold water will do the job, but check the label of your product. Protect-a-Bed recommends using hot water for its Elite line and warm water for its Plush Mattress Protectors, for example.

Add a detergent that contains no bleach, bleach alternatives or non-chlorine-bleach ingredients.

Close the washer door and detergent compartment and start the machine on a normal cycle.

Load the wet protector into the clothes dryer, along with several towels or items of bed linen, once the washing cycle is complete.

Select a medium or low temperature setting and dry the cover or protector for 40 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect-a-Bed recommends washing its covers and protectors before use.
  • Bleach and bleach alternatives destroy a protector's lining.
  • High-temperature drying causes blisters and weak spots in the lining, ruining a cover's protective qualities.
  • Don't dry-clean Protect-a-Bed products.


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