The bamboo pillow will need to fluff when you first purchase it and about every 2-3 months afterwards. This article will teach you how to re fluff a bamboo pillow using two different methods. Furthermore, you’ll get some tips on how to keep your bamboo cushion lofty and comfortable for quite some time.
As a side-note, you can only fluff a bamboo pillow that has polyester or shredded memory foam filling only. You should never attempt to fluff a Solid Memory Foam Pillow at all!
Bamboo Pillow Construction
Bamboo pillows get their name from their cover which is constructed out of quality bamboo fibers. A bamboo case provides you with advanced temperature regulation, a super soft feel, and a hypoallergenic sleeping surface. Most of these types of pillows use a shredded memory foam or shredded memory foam blend in order to provide a malleable, softer feel that can be manipulated or adjusted to fit a wide variety of sleep positions and comfort needs.
Shredded memory foam has its benefits. However, it has a tendency to bunch up, flatten, or harden over time. Luckily, the number of air pockets created by the memory foam shreds and soft filling makes fluffing these types of pillows easy and hassle-free. While shredded memory foam stuffing may require regular fluffing, it is also more breathable, adjustable, and better at temperature regulation than a solid piece of foam. Overall, we think it’s worth the extra effort, especially if you sleep in multiple positions that require varying levels of support and loft.
How to Fluff a New Bamboo Pillow
A new bamboo pillow is usually delivered compressed but even if it isn’t, it may arrive with clumps of filling that need separating and a bit of time to fully expand. To remove any lumps in your new pillow, first, try shaking the filling up. If more action is needed, you can always unzip the bamboo casing and reach inside to separate the filling by hand.
Do you put a pillowcase on a bamboo pillow? Yes, but only once your new bamboo pillow is fully decompressed so you don’t slow down the process.
2 Easy Ways of Fluffing Bamboo Pillows
Now that we have covered the basics, let’s explore how to re fluff a bamboo pillow and make it softer using two methods which you can easily do at home.
1. Fluff a Bamboo Pillow in a Dryer
The fastest method to fluff a bamboo pillow is to use a dryer. This only works on polyester or shredded memory foam filled pillows! Solid memory foam pillows can’t be fluffed and should never be placed in a dryer.
Start by taking the bamboo cover off the pillow filling. Even if the bamboo cover can be both machine washed and dried on a delicate and low heat cycle, make sure to clean the casing and the memory foam filling separately.
Fluffing a bamboo pillow in a dryer only takes a few minutes. Once done, you will immediately see the difference in size and the pillow will be fully expanded to its proper loft.
- 3 Minutes for Standard Size Bamboo Pillows
- 5 Minutes for King and Queen Size Bamboo Pillows
- Lowest Possible Heat Setting
Complete the process by hand fluffing your pillow:
Remove your pillow from the machine. Replace the bamboo cover and gently hand fluff the memory foam until you achieve the desired fullness and filling placement.
As a side-note, not every bamboo pillow should be fluffed in a dryer. If it has a large zipper, ruffles or anything that may get caught in the dryer, you want to fluff it manually.
2. Fluffing Your Pillow by Hand
Most people regularly plump their pillows to get it nice a ‘poof’ before a good night’s rest. How to re fluff a bamboo pillow? With a bamboo pillow, the concept is no different, but due to the heavier material within, you’ll want to take a few extra seconds to get it well aerated and get the memory foam shreds well separated.
- To start, grab the middle of the pillow with one hand and shake it up and down. This will help the pillow-stuffing to expand and allow air to flow in between.
- Next hold the pillow by its sides and squish it back and forth several times.
- Repeat this process for 3-5 minutes and leave it in a cool place away from the sun for 1-2 hours to fully expand. You can sleep on it afterwards or wait the full 24 hours before it reaches its full loft.
Adjustable Filling Replacement and Refreshment
Many bamboo pillows allow you to not only adjust your pillow by manually manipulating it, but also by the removal or addition of filling. Many people take out a little bit of filling in order to provide a less lofty fill upon purchase. You should always keep this filling as you can use it to replace and help refresh your pillow in the future.
Pillows that have this feature also have an advantage over others that don’t since you can remove the filling to mix it up and help with the plumping up process. This is simple in that all you have to do is remove the majority of it and place it in a larger bag than the casing.
Then just shake it up well before placing it back inside. You can also use this time to add few drops of lavender essential oil or any other oil scent that supports sleep.
Washing Your Bamboo Pillow
It is not generally advised that you put your memory foam pillow in the washing machine because of how fragile the material becomes when it gets wet. Therefore, even if a pillow states it is washable, it is best to avoid doing so unless absolutely necessary.
If you do have to wash it, be sure to follow the directions given on the pillow, and then you dry thoroughly – running it through a dry cycle multiple times until you are sure it is completely dry within and well plumped.
There are a couple of other ways you can use to keep your bamboo pillows clean and in good condition for a longer time. One method includes placing your pillow in direct sunlight for several hours. The heat will kill any bacteria or dust mites that could be thriving inside the material. It will also dry out any moisture in the foam and prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
However, this method is highly discouraged if you live in a quite humid environment, as it would make the problem worse. Sometimes, these cushions require a deep clean or an entirely different approach in washing. You may need to use baking soda, a vacuum, or other solutions to make your pillow smelling fresh again.