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Keeping Your Decorative Pillows Fluffy & Clean

Most pillows gain from regular or daily fluffing to keep them comfortable and fluffy. However, polyester, feather, and wool pillows will eventually become matted and flat over time if you don't fluff them up.

We all know how unattractive and uncomfortable flat pillows can be. Fortunately, pillows made from whichever fiber can undergo successful fluffing to make them lighter and loftier. Fluffing helps extend your pillows' life by preventing them from being compacted.

Fluffing can involve simple techniques such as shaking lightly or putting them in a clothes dryer with some tennis balls. If you're wondering how to re-fluff your decorative pillows, check out our invaluable tips.

Fresh-Air Fluffing

Pillows on your sofa may withstand considerable abuse from pets and kids or from somebody leaning or lying on them daily. Pillows that were previously fluffy will benefit from some fresh air occasionally.

We recommend fresh air because it helps dry out fibers that get damp from humidity or from constant use. As the air flows through your pillow, the fibers will fluff back once again, this works particularly well for down and feather-filled throw pillows.

We recommend you set your pillows outdoors in a rather sunny spot for numerous hours or in a confined porch if you're worried about direct sunlight. It's advisable you select a warm non-humid day for best outcomes.

You could also hang them on the clothesline for 3 or 4 hours in the sun; this is another excellent technique to use if you've washed them but don't have a clothes dryer. As an added benefit, you'll discover the fresh air treatment helps eliminate stale odors.


It never hurts to rotate your decorative pillows. If you can, try flipping them or styling them on a different sofa or chair than you might normally. This change-up will help prevent your pillow from molding to the furniture.

Dry them using tennis balls

You're probably aware that placing pillows in the dryer will help keep them fluffy. Actually, including a tennis ball to the dryer will fluff your pillows even more. We suggest you put the tennis ball in a sock, tying that sock at the end. This is an excellent technique if you aren't able to fluff them manually or if you have just washed them.

Shake, Squeeze, or Punch the Pillows Manually

Shake your pillows lightly every morning and redistribute the filling by tapping your pillows on every side. Daily fluffing is particularly significant for feather pillows because the moisture that accrues when you sleep on a feather pillow will ultimately mat down the feathers, causing them to flatten.

Permit feather pillows to sit without covering them for numerous hours to air dry every morning. Another way of fluffing up your pillows is by punching them. You simply need to punch both sides using your fist to even out existing lumps.

Alternatively, you can hold the pillow at the bottom and top and squeeze inwards. Do so five times, shake it, and place it back on the couch.

Wash them

Washing your decorative pillows at least twice per year can help retain their shape. Just ensure you read the instructions on the pillow first.

Washing is advisable because it helps wash away any mildew or dirt that could be making your pillows clumpy or lumpy. When washing pillows in the washer, consider the following to prevent them from becoming lumpy:

Down Pillows and Fiberfill

You may wash fiberfill or down pillows in a machine unless stated otherwise in the care tag. Bear in mind that the manner in which you position your pillows in the washer will determine how they turn out afterward. Wash your pillows in hot or warm water using mild detergent on a gentle cycle.

Include the detergent in the water and enable the machine to stir up the water for a while before including pillows. For best outcomes, wash two pillows simultaneously for a balanced load.

Arrange your pillows in the washer, ensuring they stand upright instead of on their sides. This way, they won't fold or crease around the agitator. Beware that a folded position may ruin the pillows, making them feel lumpy afterward.

Dry the Pillows Properly

Put the pillows in a dryer and choose the lowest heat possible. Ensure they dry completely before you use or put pillowcases on them.

Pillow Arrangement

Arrange pillows of varying styles, shapes, or filling materials for a layered appearance. Put a huge fluffed pillow at every corner of your sofa, for example, arranging extra pillows at every end, every pillow overlapping the previous slightly.

If you have some synthetic pillows that constantly look somewhat flat regardless of the number of times you've fluffed them, layer them between fluffier ones for a lush appearance.

Use the Appropriate Insert

If the insert isn't the appropriate size for your pillowcase, the pillow will look and feel very droopy. Typically, you should try to use inserts that are 1-2 inches bigger than the insert. For instance, you should fill a 20-inch pillowcase with a 22-inch insert.

Consider a Pillow Protector

You should know that dirt mats down your pillow the same way continual pressure does when you lie on it. We recommend a pillow protector because it slows down the flattening process noticeably because it prevents the oils and dirt from matting the pillow's fibers.

Purchase Quality Pillows

Opting for a cheap pillow might seem like a good idea but if you're seeking longevity, you might want to invest in something pricier if it offers better quality. Fortunately, we offer a wide range of quality pillows at great prices.

A flattened and limp decorative pillow can detract from your sofa's appeal. Nevertheless, you can fluff up lifeless pillows with these simple tips.

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