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How Often Should You Change Your Pillows

Everyday life can be quite stressful with balancing work and chores. Getting a good night’s sleep with a good pillow is important for recharging. However, sometimes pillows show signs of wear and tear but how often should you change your pillows?

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Generally, pillows last up to 1 or 2 years but this is also dependent on the pillow material. Pillows such as polyester, down or feather can last up to 1-2 years while polyfoam and latex pillows can last 3 years.

We strongly recommend you look out for any signs that your pillow needs replacing. You can check our blog about this here.

Changing your pillows is important because it maintains hygiene. Think about all the sweat, body oil, saliva and hair that has been absorbed by a pillow. Over time, these will build up bad odours and even attract bed bugs.

Furthermore, our dead skin cells are also absorbed by pillows and for dust mites, this is the hotspot to multiply. Sleeping on a pillow infested by dust mites can cause watery eyes, runny nose and overall, make sleep quality even worse.

Lastly, you deserve the best rest and sleep you can get. With a bad pillow, your sleep quality will suffer because putting your head on a flat pillow will cause neck pain.

Now that you know how often you should change your pillows, we hope you increase their lifespan by looking after them!

Book a Service With Laundryheap!

At Laundryheap, we also provide services to launder your pillow. If you notice any stains on your pillows, book a service with us and we’ll help you!

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5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Pillow

Just like your mattress, your pillows have a ‘shelf life’ and must be replaced every couple of years. Your pillow is one of the factors that contribute to a good or bad nights sleep, so make sure to get new pillows when the time is right.

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Pillow 

  • Visible lumps and bumps from foam

Pillows should be smooth, soft and comfy. If the material inside your pillow starts to wear out, it will feel and be visibly bumpy. This is a clear indication that you need a new one as it can no longer give you the support and comfort you need.

  • You get aches and pains 

Due to the bumps in the pillow, you’ll start to wake up with body aches especially around the neck and shoulder area. You’ll also notice that you’re not sleeping as well as you should be and wake up with headaches that tend to go away during the day.

  • It’s just not comfy anymore

If your pillow is no longer comfy, you’ll often keep tossing and turning, trying to find the right sleeping position, and adjusting your pillow. If you can’t get a good sleep because of that, then change your pillow.

  • It’s starting to smell

You won’t notice straight away that your pillow smells because it becomes gradual as dirt and bacteria build-up. Once you notice that your pillow has a strange smell and still smells even after washing it, that already is a sure enough indication that your pillow needs to be replaced.

  • You wake up sneezing!

Pillows are a great breeding environment for dirt, sweat.. and dust mites! If you find yourself randomly sneezing when you’ve just woken up, this is because of the bacteria living in your pillow.

How Often You Should Replace Your Pillow

Synthetic Pillows: 1-2 years

Memory Foam: 2-3 years or when the foam becomes hard

Down and Feather Pillows: 5-10 years

Maintaining Your Pillow

As part of maintaining your pillow to make sure it reaches maximum ‘shelf life’, you should have them washed every few months. This can be done at home using your washing machine and or by a professional. 

We at Laundryheap know that it can be difficult to wash pillows at home, especially when they won’t fit into your washing machine. That’s why we offer cleaning services for your pillows as well as other bulky bedding items.