Top Reasons Why You Need a Pillow Protector | Hotel Sheets Direct

Top Reasons Why You Need a Pillow Protector

- Hotel Sheets Direct Brand Team

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Getting a good night's sleep is a lot like Goldilocks searching through the bear's house—getting your bedroom, bed, and bed linens just right can take awhile. After you've invested in a mattress that's comfortable for different sleep styles, purchased new pillows and bed linens, and even adjusted the temperature of the bedroom to the optimal sleep temperature (between 60° and 67° F), are you getting the best night's sleep possible?

Probably, no. Because with all of your fluffing and great attention to every detail, there is one thing you've probably missed—pillow protectors. 

What is a pillow protector?

First, a pillow protector is not the same thing as a pillow case. The primary difference is that a pillow case is open on one end, so that when you change your sheets, the cases slide off easily. A pillow protector zips closed so the pillow is completely encased in the fabric. The pillow protector acts as a barrier against pet dander, dust mites, and dead skin cells— microscopic bits that can penetrate the fibers of an open pillowcase and not only shorten the life of your pillows, but also contribute to a poor night's sleep.

Second, and this is mostly an aesthetic thing, a pillow protector is a utilitarian white or ecru, while your pillow cases either match or coordinate with your sheets. 

Why do I need a pillow protector?

Allergists and immunologists actually do a lot of research on how allergens creep into your respiratory system, and it turns out that one of the worst culprits is your pillows. When these doctors put a normal pillow under the microscope, what they find is a cornucopia of gross stuff—hair, dead skin cells, sweat, and drool all accumulate on the pillow, along with the aforementioned dander and dust mites. So even if allergies aren't a problem for you or anyone in your family, pillow protectors are a good idea.

Protectors help pillows last longer

Covering your pillows with a protective case does more than keep allergies at bay. Protectors ensure your pillows will last longer with the barrier they provide against moisture, stains (anyone who enjoys a cup of coffee in bed, or has children or pets, can appreciate the beauty of stain-free bedding), and everyday wear and tear. People who buy super high-end pillows, such as goose down or memory foam, should really not balk at the cost of pillow protectors since they are literally protecting your investment. 

How to choose pillow protectors

Invest in quality pillow protectors—cheap ones won't be able to do the job properly. Here are some tips for choosing a good protector. They are usually sold in pairs, just like pillow cases. 

Check the fabric label for fabric pore size—yes, that's a thing. The pore size is basically the tightness of the weave, and tighter is better. Look for a pore size no bigger than 6 microns or micrometers, and for a woven fabric. 

The better pillow protectors are certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and are labeled "Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly" or "Meets Certification Standards" on the package, as well as the AAFA logo. A pillow that meets the AAFA standards is tested to ensure it blocks over 99% of dust mites when they're new, and 95% after 18 trips through the laundry. 

What's the best fabric for bed linens?

Cotton and linen have been the go-to fabric for fine bed linens for centuries, but neither are really great for breathability—consider how much cooler a yoga shirt is when compared to a cotton tee. So if natural fibers or synthetics aren't great options, what's left?

Bamboo Pillow Protector Benefits

Our bed linens, including pillows and pillow protectors, are made from sustainable bamboo. Bamboo is superior to cotton and linen in almost every way. For starters, our manufacturing process is not harmful to the environment—we don't contribute to the depletion of natural resources, and our process promotes long-term sustainable balance. 

Bamboo has other qualities that make it a premium fiber for bed linens.

Breathability

A cool pillow is almost a necessity when it comes to a good night's sleep. The natural breathability of bamboo fibers means our pillow protectors create a cool surface underneath your pillowcase. When you put HotelsDirect.com bamboo sheets on your bed, the dual layers of bamboo on your pillow help keep you cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. 

Durability

When you care for your bamboo linens properly, they are quite durable, holding their coloring and texture over time. Cotton, on the other hand, tends to fade and lose strength as they age. 

Final thoughts: Bamboo Pillow Protectors

Wash your bamboo sheets before you put them on the bed for the first time. A good laundering removes any chemical residue that may be left over from the manufacturing process. Bamboo is a naturally soft fiber, so fabric softeners aren't necessary to keep them silky smooth. Also, the chemicals in fabric softeners, even the "gentle" ones, can degrade bamboo fibers. 

Don't use bleach on bamboo

The chemicals in commercial bleach are harder on bamboo fibers than even fabric softeners—do not use it on your bamboo linens. Not only will the bleach break down the fibers, it will leave the linens feeling crunchy.

How to launder bamboo

Run a cool water cycle and dry on medium heat. Excessive heat, including ironing, can cause bamboo to shrink. 

Caring for your pillow protectors

It's important that you launder your pillow protectors weekly. Because they act as the barrier between your face and all the bacteria and germs lurking in your linens, you should keep them in top working order. Wash your pillows every few months too, to ensure that there are no allergens hiding in the foam or feathers. 

As with any fabrics that you launder routinely, even the best pillow protectors degrade over time. Plan to replace any protectors you use regularly every couple of years. For guest pillows, you can go longer between replacements.