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Pillowtalk: How to take care of your throw pillows

Should I wash my throw pillow?

To directly answer that, yes, you can wash your throws.  But you have to read this first before soaking your throw pillows in water.

Ross Mathews, an American TV personality then popular intern to Jay Leno, considers throw pillows as one his top 3 luxuries.  See how much throw pillow he has!  

You probably buy your throws with cover. Perhaps, without. We have tips to clean both.  Here are a few quick tips:

  • Do not wash suede, leather-trimmed, silk and wool. They only should be dry cleaned.
  • Check the tag on the pillow and find special instructions. If you happen to snip it off as
    you call dibs on your throw, wash the covers in cold water.
  • Dry your throws thoroughly to avoid the risk the growth of mold or mildew. Bulkier items such as pillows are harder to maintain and clean especially when trying to rid them of the odor.


If you wish to clean your throw cover separately from the pillow, you can do the following:

1. If you need to a little surgery on your pillow, carefully cut the thread that contains the last seam sewn. You can easily find it by identifying the exposed stitching near the corners of your cover. Slip the foam or fill from the cover.

2. If your pillow is washable, you can do spot treat by using a color-safe pre-wash spray like you would on any stains like you would any clothing. Allow 5-10 minutes and then blot with a damp sponge. You may also choose using solvent cleaner usually bought at your carpet care section of your favourite store.

3. You can also wash your covers with water, either you hand wash it you throw it in the machine tub. Always wash your covers inside-out. If you are washing a number of covers, please separate them by colour. When using the washing machine, run it on delicate cycle to avoid the harsh spins.

4. Hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. Remember that it has to be completely dry before using. You may also dry your pillow cases in the dryer on low or no heat to ensure that they do not shrink.

5. Iron the cover the before refilling the foam or filling back. Secure it with a slip stitch.  How to sew a slip stitch.  Note that worn stitching on pillows may burst in your washing machine especially on old or not-in-shape ones. Simply spot clean instead of washing the machine.

6. Finally, fluff your pillow to reshape. Throw it in your bed, couch or lounge area.


Italian choreographer and dancer Bruno Tonioli says,
“Before a long-haul flight, buy yourself a cheap, big, comfortable pillow. It makes a huge difference.”
Where else but here at MINTIQE!

A few good-to-know washing machine tips when washing your pillow.

1. Your washer multiplies in the weight when wet that could ruin ruin your washer and could lose the shape of your pillow.  You may not get the best result if your washing machine is top loading. Front loading washer tend to yield better.

2. Pillow fillers should be soaked in warm water with a small amount of mild detergent. Preferably launder on delicate cycle/mode of your washing machine. Rinse the foam/filling and gently press the excess water.

3. Let your pillows to air-dry under the sun. If you insist on tossing your throw in your dryer on a high heat, add a towel or two to the dryer can help with the drying process. Did you know that throw in some clean tennis balls to “fluff” them?

Other individuals prefer not to use the washer. They want to prevent stink and mildew accumulation. It is still best to take them to the dry cleaners.

For waterless cleaning, you can fluff your pillows and make them smell better. Simply spray them with odor-eliminating produch such as Fabreze and throw them in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls as shared above. Check your lint filter when done and be surprised with the amount of dust you’ll see in there.

MINTIQE is your throw pillow hub.  See our beautiful designs and customize them according to your preference.  Design your own custom-made indoor cushions here!


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