Drying a Memory Foam Pillow in the Dryer
The use of a tumble dryer is never recommended for drying a memory foam pillow. First, the fibers within the pillow can break, causing the pillow to essentially, fall apart and be of no use. Secondly, fibers can become too hot in a dryer and have the potential to catch fire. However, if you must use a dryer to dry your memory foam pillow, follow this procedure.
Overloading the dryer with too many pillows can cause it to not dry the pillows properly. Pillows will expand while drying so never place more than two memory foam pillows in your dryer at any one time.
Lowest Heat Settings
Your tumble dryer has a range of heat settings. For the purpose of drying a memory foam pillow, set the dryer to the very lowest heat settings. Setting it any higher has the potential to cause a fire.
Use Tennis Balls to Help
Your tumble dryer can effectively dry most items, but they have a difficult time drying substantial things such as memory foam pillows, so to help the system work better, place a few tennis balls inside a sock. Throw this in with the pillow. While the drum spins, the tennis balls will help maintain the pillow’s fluff and bounce.
45 Minutes at a Time
The process of drying a pillow in a tumble dryer takes time and patience. Dry for 45 minutes at a time and check the pillow between cycles. After each cycle, remove the pillow and shake it out to help maintain fluff and avoid clumping.
Check Moisture Levels
Once your memory foam pillow has gone through a few cycles, squeeze it out to ensure there is no underlying moisture. If it is dry, then you are done, but if not, repeat another cycle until all interior fibers are devoid of moisture.
Memory foam pillows can last for many years when properly cared for and regular washing is part of that important care, so wash your memory foam pillow regularly and always dry responsibly and completely.