Bed Pillow with Arms – Cleaning Guide

An important topic to speak about regarding the ownership of a bed rest pillow is how to keep it clean. I do no recommend putting the whole pillow in a washing machine (even if it fits)!

If the pillow does not have a removable cover, it will need regular cleaning with a damp cloth. There are also a range of products which can also help.

How often should I clean it?

A lot of people will only clean their pillows once they start to smell. The problem with this is that you generally don’t notice your own stink until it gets really bad. A better option is regular cleaning of the pillow.

If you are only using the pillow a few times a week, possibly for a bit of reading or watching a movie, then you can get away with cleaning it once every 3-6 months.

If you are using it more regularly, possibly everyday or for many hours at a time, then you will want to clean it more often, i recommend around once a month.

There are of course factors that can make the pillow get dirty quicker, such as:

  • Whether or not you wear clothes when using it. Clothes act as a barrier for your sweat. So if you do not wear a top with the pillow, you will be sweating directly onto it. This will cause the pillow to start smelling very quickly, especially if you are in a warm environment.
  • Do your pets use it (maybe when you aren’t watching). If you allow your pet to use the pillow, or if it is left somewhere that the pet can lie on it, there is a very good chance they will!
  • Using it in bed vs on the couch – If you are using it in bed, you are more likely to spend more time on the pillow, and possibly even fall asleep on it. The extra time spent on the pillow means the smell can build up quickly

How to clean it

If you just need to clean a spill, just using a warm damp cloth is generally enough to clean it up. If it is more serious, you can use a fabric stain remover (make sure you patch test first).

This is my recommendation for regular cleaning:

  1. Allow the pillow to air out frequently. After using the pillow, move it to an area that it can be aired out, moving it outside is best as the fresh air & sunlight help to kill bacteria.
  2. Use a fabric cleaning product, like Scotchguard Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner

This video gives you an example of how to clean a microfiber chair. Although it isn’t a bedrest pillow, the material is the same as a lot of the bedrest pillows avaiable, so the method is the same.