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How to Wash Your Memory Foam Pillow (The Right Way)

Updated: May 27

With bestselling pillows in our lineup like the Crown, Inspire, and Select, we have customers ask us all the time about how to extend the longevity of their favorite Bed Boss pillows. And the answer is simple: treat it tenderly and keep it clean.


One of the best ways to preserve your Bed Boss pillow is to use a pillow protector and to wash the pillowcase weekly with your bed sheets. But despite your efforts to keep it clean, your memory foam pillow may eventually get funky.

We recommend washing your pillow no more than two times a year to keep it fresh and to prevent unnecessary wear and tear from over-washing.

(If you plan to wash a pillow that’s not made by The Bed Boss, make sure to check with the manufacturer first for any special instructions.)


Why wash your memory foam pillow?

  • To maintain a healthy sleep environment. It is in your best interest to keep your pillow clean and hygienic since you are resting your face on it every night. Don’t be oblivious to the bacteria and gunk that builds up over time.

  • To stop allergies. The dust, mites, and dead skin cells accumulating on your pillow every night can be a major allergy trigger for some people. While memory foam pillows tend to be more resistant to allergens, they can still linger in and around the pillow’s cover.


So, how do you wash your Bed Boss memory foam pillow to keep it in tip-top shape?


Solid Memory Foam Pillows

Solid core (aka molded or one-piece) memory foam pillows are exactly what they sound like: a dense piece of specially carved memory foam. Bed Boss solid core memory foam pillows include: The Crown, The Inspire, and The Rejuvenate


Because solid core pillows are one big piece of memory foam, they require extra care when washing:

  • DO NOT put a solid core pillow in the washing machine. This risks dislodging chunks of foam from the pillow.

  • DO NOT fully submerge a solid core pillow in water. Because this type of pillow soaks up water like a sponge, it will become heavy and unmanageable when submerged.


Steps to Wash

  • Step 1: Remove the bed sheet pillowcase to wash with the sheets. If your pillow has an outer cover surrounding the memory foam core, remove this cover as well and hand wash it in the sink with mild detergent.

  • Step 2: Take a clean, damp cloth with mild detergent and spot clean the pillow by gently rubbing the cloth over any stained areas. Do this with care in an attempt to penetrate the stain without soaking the foam.

  • Step 3: Take a second clean, damp cloth and firmly press it into the spot-cleaned areas. Rinse the cloth and repeat until you have lifted the detergent and stains from the surface of the pillow.

  • Step 4: Allow it to air dry completely before taking it back to bed. DO NOT put your pillow in the dryer. Have patience and keep in mind that it can take some time to dry.

In a hurry? Speed up the drying process by taking a clean towel and pressing it into the pillow to absorb excess water.


Shredded Memory Foam Pillows

Shredded memory foam pillows are typically zippered pillow covers filled with shredded foam. Bed Boss shredded memory foam pillows include: The Select, The Melody Ice, and The Melody (not zippered)


Steps to Wash

  • Step 1: Remove the bed sheet pillowcase to wash with the sheets. Set your washing machine to the largest load on the gentle cycle with warm water. As it begins to fill with water, mix in gentle liquid detergent and put your pillow in.

  • Step 2: After the first cycle is finished, run the pillow through a second rinse cycle to ensure that all of the detergent has been rinsed out. This is important because the shredded memory foam filling can trap detergent.

  • Step 3: Place your pillow in the dryer and set it on low heat. Let it run for 30 minutes, then check on it. Fluff and repeat until the pillow is fully dry.

If you have finally found your perfect Bed Boss pillow, follow the steps in this memory foam pillow washing guide to make it last. Have questions? Give us a call at (423)681-1478 or contact us online.


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