Bedding Protection Guide: Pillows and Mattresses

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Bedding Protection Guide

You expect your bed to be as clean as possible, without stains, dirt, oils, or mites. At Cuddledown, we strive to provide our customers with the most innovative bedding protectors that not only protect bedding, but also contribute to comfortable, healthful sleep.

Washing bedding protectors in your machine is easy; cleaning a stained mattress, pillow, or featherbed is not. Not only is spot cleaning ineffective for large or pervasive stains, it’s never a good idea to soak as it requires considerable air-drying time. If they don’t dry thoroughly, you’ll have odors, dampness, and possibly mildew to contend with – and all can shorten the life of your mattress or bedding. Washing will also decrease the effectiveness of the downproof fabric. Here are a few tips to help you safeguard your mattress and bedding and prolong the life of your favorite bedding investments.

Protect Your Mattress

300 Thread Count Waterproof Mattress Pad

A waterproof mattress pad lets you sidestep all these inconveniences and keeps your mattress clean and fresh for years of use. And the good news is that the humble waterproof pad has seen some great advances – gone are the days of hot, heavy, noisy rubber pads. Today’s quality moisture-proof protectors are thin, breathable, and don’t “crackle” with your every move.

And even better, some pads and protectors have the added benefit of protection against allergens and irritants, so you might even sleep healthier.

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Protect Your Pillows

Whether it’s brand new or an old favorite, your pillows deserves extra protection too. Pillow protectors, available in many styles and fabrics, keep your pillow fresh and clean. From basic to quilted, they help keep moisture and stains (from spills, sweat, and even nighttime drool!) from your pillow ticking and fill. Laundering not only reduces the downproof quality of a pillow, it can be a labor-intensive process; simply washing a pillow protector, on the other hand, is easy and saves time.

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Protect Your Featherbed

Lots of our customers love sleeping on their Cuddledown featherbeds, but unless you plan on frequently replacing your featherbed, we suggest you proactively protect it. Since featherbeds are nearly impossible to wash in a washing machine and we don’t recommend dry cleaning, featherbed protectors are a must. Like our other protectors, it keeps moisture, body oils, and spills from marring the appearance and performance of your featherbed.

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Protect Your Bedding From Allergy-Causing Dust Mites

Mite-Proof Bedding Protectors

The house dust mite – or more specifically its highly allergenic fecal matter – is one of the most common causes of allergies. These microscopic relatives of spiders and ticks also contribute to other woes, including eczema, hay fever, rhinitis, and sinusitis. As anyone with allergies or asthma knows, dust mites can make life miserable.

Even if you haven't been diagnosed with an allergy or asthma, you might wake up with a stuffy nose, runny eyes, or a headache in the morning. If this is the case, your discomforts could be your body’s reaction to the irritating dust mites.

Dust mites can easily retreat into folds in mattresses and seams on box springs. But if the mattress and box spring are covered in a material they can’t penetrate – there’s nowhere for them to live. Deprived of warmth and moisture (our body heat and the perspiration we release as we sleep) and nutrition (the skin flakes we all shed naturally), a dust mite is out of luck!

Plastic or vinyl covers (we have 100% polypropylene) are impermeable to dust mites, and make a good choice for box spring covers. Cuddledown also offers soft cotton/polyester blend protectors and certified organic cotton protectors for your mattress, pillow, comforter, and featherbed; all impermeable to dust mites. This special fabric has a pore size that is far below the industry allowable size of ten microns. The tight weave of the fabric allows air to circulate, but blocks dust mites and their allergen-causing molecules.

Learn more about dust mites

More Ways To Get The Most Out of Your Bedding

  • Vacuum your mattress when you change your sheets to keep dust from accumulating and remove other particles like pet hair and dander.
  • Fluff your down or synthetic bedding each time you make your bed to keep the fill lofty and fresh.
  • Air your comforters, pillows, and featherbeds outside on a sunny day at least once a season to allow down clusters to re-loft and refresh both fabric and fill.
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