How To Fluff A Memory Foam Pillow

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Did you know there was more than one way to fluff a pillow? This article will discuss three ways to fluff your pillow. You can fluff it by hand, fluff it in the dryer or throw it outside to fluff it.  Here we will talk about all that, including which pillows are a good fit based on their construction and materials.

Fluff The Pillow By Hand 

Let's start with the most traditional way to fluff your pillow, which is using your hands. Hand fluffing is a great option for pillows that have pieces in there, things that you can break up and allow air to come in, add that loft, add that height, and fluff your pillow.

So think down, down alternative, which is often polyester micro fibers or any sort of microfiber. In this case, this pillow is kapok fiber, which is a down alternative and shredded memory foam pieces. So, there are a lot of areas that this clump together and compress over time, especially if your head is in the same sleep position for many nights. In this case it's very easy to use your hands to fluff your pillow. So all you're going to do is start out by putting your hands on the short side of your pillow and basically pushing in and out like you're playing an accordion or something.

So just push in, come back out, push back in again and then take your hands, put on the long side and do the same thing. If you have a pillow with shredded foam pieces in it and want to work out some clumps, just take your hands into the whole pillow and sort of massage it. This is really just creating a lot of space for air, allowing a lot of height to get in there. Hopefully you will already notice that it's sort of fluffed the pillow pretty easily. 

Fluff the Pillow In the Dryer

Another great option for fluffing your pillow is using the dryer. This is going to work for pillows with pieces inside again, down, down alternative poly microfiber, shredded latex, shredded foam, kapok fibers, things that have pieces that are getting compressed or flattened by your head overnight that need to be opened up and manipulated. The dryer is going to do that by essentially moving your pillow around inside.

I will say before you throw it in your dryer, make sure you read your care instruction tag for proper care. More often than not, you can tumble dry your pillow on the gentle cycle. A lot of brands will let you do that, but some say don't. So make sure you check that first. Now, I will say something that does help speed up the process a little bit is throwing one or two tennis balls in a couple of tube socks in with your pillow and allowing that to bounce off your pillow inside the dryer.

It's going to break up those clubs, allow for more air and allow your pillow to go through the drying process faster. The last, maybe lesser known way to fluff your pillow is to actually put it outside. So I often recommend this. If you've got a pillow that comes compressed, maybe rolled up, especially if it's got foam pieces that are tightly wound. So when you open up that packaging, you get the foam's expansion, and you'll often get this like new foam, new pillows, and smell.


Fluff the Pillow Outside

If you've got sensitivities or if it's just too overwhelming, put your place pillows outside, allow it to naturally fluff. You've got excellent ventilation from the outdoors. You've got the breeze and even some sunshine will do your pillow. A lot of good. Of course, that will work for more than just shredded foam pillows, down, down-alternatives. All different types will definitely benefit from a more natural airflow. So why is it important to fluff your pillow? If you think about it, your pillow is such an important part of your sleep health.

Your positioning of your head and your neck and even your spine is all part of how good you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you have the right pillow at the right, loft and the right firmness, it's all really going to come together for you in the morning. If your pillows old and flat, that's dirty and flat. If it's not fluffed up and in that proper position for your meaning with its performance the way it should be, you're probably going to probably have some sleep issues.

So of course, it's important to keep it fluffed. It's also important to fluff it. If you just got it in the mail and they came compressed, maybe some foam pieces needed to expand the down need to be fluffed. That's important as well.

You need to follow the care instructions for your pillow, especially if they tell you to throw in the dryer, leave it outside, and ventilate when you first get it. Last but not least, natural components and pillows like down feather's, down kapok fibers - they need to breathe. They need ventilation. They need air. It's important to get air into your pillow occasionally. I would say fluff your pillow as often as you want, but at least once a quarter when you're supposed to rotate that mattress you have.

There's two potential issues that people tend to come across when trying to fluff their pillow, and they're usually centered around the washer and dryer. First of all, follow the instructions when you're drying your pillow. If it says low tumble, dry, then low tumble, dry. Especially if you have a down pillow, do not turn that heat on high and stay at a medium heat because you will soon smell burned feathers. And that is a nasty smell, believe me.

Also, people think, oh, I need to fluff my pillow. That means I need to wash it and run it through the drying process. 

This may seem obvious, but there are two separate things. Fluffing your pillow and cleaning your pillow are two different things. If your pillow needs to be fluffed and it can't get any fluff here because it's so dirty, of course, wash it, follow the instructions, but make sure it is dry as possible. More often than not, pillows need to run through multiple cycles in the dryer to get fully dry. This is especially true if there's clumps or pieces in there down or alternatives or even those tiny micro fibers. Throw some tennis balls in there, let it get beat up in the dryer, and dry it more than maybe it needs to be dry because your pillow will not function its best if it's still damp.

How to Fluff a Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

For shredded memory foam, you have just a few more options as to what you can do with your pillow. For example, you can fluff the pillow by moving the internal filling to perfectly fit the contour of your neck, shoulders and head, pat down it to increase its stability, or to make it softer.

It may be a bit flat when you first get your pillow. Some pillow companies suggest shaking the memory foam up and exercising any chunks. In some instances, manufacturers suggest placing your bamboo pillow in the dryer on a medium heat for 10-30 minutes to activate the shaping of your memory foam, but remember that heat can damage your bamboo pillow.

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