How long does your pillow protector really last? Some protectors might only last several months, while others claim to last up to five years. Of course, the latter are much more expensive than their counterparts—but they’re also more comfortable and don’t feel like you’re sleeping on plastic all night long. This guide will show you how to make sure your pillow protector lasts longer so that you can get the most out of it and spend less money in the long run.

1) Wash Periodically

Although pillow covers are advertised as being washable, some people who have tried washing them have found that they become misshapen after drying. For best results, only remove your pillow cover and wash it periodically. The same can be said for pillow protectors: Although they’re advertised as being removable, some people have found them difficult to place back on once they’ve been removed.

It might help to leave your protector in place between washes so you don’t accidentally tear or stretch it when removing or replacing it. (If you do need to remove a protector, however, never pull from one side; rather, grab an edge of the protector and slowly work it off.)

The Everlasting Comfort Waterproof Pillow Covers is machine washable and dryer safe on low heat setting. Just toss the pillow protectors into the wash along with the rest of your bedding to keep them fresh and clean while promoting healthy sleep.

Finally, try not to dry pillows at too high a temperature; if possible, air-dry them instead.

2) Prevent the Fabric From Stretching Out Over Time

Over time, fabric will stretch out, which can make it harder for your pillow protector to fit your pillow snugly. To prevent or slow down stretching of your fabric, hang it up to dry after each wash (if it’s machine-washable) and make sure you don’t use too hot of water when you do wash it. Even then, though, over time, your pillow cover will start to lose its tight fit and stop protecting against spills as well as it used to. It may be a good idea to replace your pillow cover every few years. This way, you get a fresh start—and never have to worry about moisture damage ruining your pillows again!

3) Clean it Thoroughly

Using a pillow protector is a great way to ensure that your pillow remains in good condition for longer. However, if you are not cleaning it frequently and thoroughly enough, you won’t get any benefits from using one. Make sure you are cleaning your pillow regularly by turning it inside out (this will make it easier for you to clean) and washing it with normal detergent. Also check your manufacturer’s instructions on whether or not they need dry cleaned; these should be clearly stated on the care label.

4) Wash it in Cold Water

The first way to extend your pillow protector’s life is by washing it in cold water. Most of us believe that washing our pillows in hot water is better for their health, but unfortunately, it isn’t. Hot water can cause more wear and tear on your pillow protector than you think. Always wash your pillow covers in cold water instead.

5) Handle it with Care

Just as you handle your most precious possessions with care, so too should you handle your pillow protector. These products aren’t cheap and will last longer if you follow a few simple rules: keep it clean, avoid heavy materials, keep it out of direct sunlight, don’t abuse it, don’t overstuff it. The more careful you are with your waterproof pillow protector, then—you guessed it—the longer it will last.

6) Avoid Specific Activities while Sleeping

The No. 1 enemy of a pillow protector is all that skin rubbing on your face. By avoiding certain activities while you sleep, you can decrease friction and protect your investment in a higher-quality pillow protector. Don’t read, watch TV or do any work while lying down at night; just relax and let your body rest up for tomorrow’s challenges.

7) Rotate Daily as Needed

Just like you change your sheets, rotate your pillow protector every few days. Whether you store it in a pillowcase or not is up to you, but remember that pillow protectors work best when they are exposed directly to air. If you notice any red spots (or other indications of wear) make sure that you replace it as soon as possible.

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