Pillows are important for the comfort and beauty of the home. A good example of pillows that enhance the aesthetics of a room are colored floor pillows for kids.
They are also useful for supporting the body when one is sleeping or sitting upright.
They come in different forms with the most common ones being those that form part of the bedding.
The pillows that are used as a form of bedding are used in supporting the neck and head during sleep. These also come in different designs and technologies.
Some are even designed to take the shape of the human body which in turn increases comfort during sleep. Other forms are the decorative pillows, throw pillows among others.
What are pillow covers made of?
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Pillows are made of a stuffing material that is enclosed in a cover made of fabric. These covers that are made of cloth are usually known as a pillow cover or a pillow slip.
Over time, the pillow covers or slips have evolved into fancier ones that are called a sham.
A standard pillow cover usually has one side open all the time through which the pillow is inserted into the cover.
A sham, on the other hand, has both sides closed while having a slit at the back through which the pillow is inserted. Most shams are made for both their functional and decorative purposes.
A pillow protector is also a type of pillow cover whose role, as the name suggests, is to protect the pillow from dirt and damage.
A pillow protector usually has a zipper on one end through which the pillow is put in.
The pillow cover is, therefore, an important part of the pillow since it holds the filling together thus protecting it from damage.
Over time, pillow covers have developed depending on how one prefers it to be and the level of comfort one desires to derive from the pillow.
Most recently, there has been a lot said concerning silk pillow covers. Silk pillow covers, which were once used just for luxury sleeping, are now said to be good for the health of the hair and the skin by keeping their moisture intact as one sleeps.
The arrival of hypoallergenic bed sheets and pillow covers also are helpful in the reduction of allergies and illnesses that result from the dust mites that build up while we sleep.
Pillows are made of different fillings which give a pillow its characteristics. A pillow can be characterized as a hard, soft, firm, high or low loft, but most importantly, supportive.
The fillers are the definers of how the pillow can be used. Most often than not, the type of pillow one uses determines the level of comfort they have while sleeping or sitting.
What works for one person’s comfort may be the cause of excruciating neck or back pains for another person.
Some of the most common fillings of pillows bird feather or down pillow fillings, polyester fiber pillow fillings, memory foam, microbead pillow fillings, cotton pillow fillings among others.
Why do you need pillow covers?
Pillow covers or pillow covers are important in protecting the contents of a pillow and ensuring they stay for long.
Just like bedsheets which hare used in protecting the mattress and keeping it clean, the pillow cover plays the same role in keeping the pillow clean.
They also protect you from sleeping directly on the pillow fillings which can cause some allergies. In this way, they help in making you comfortable while sleeping.
Pillow covers are easy to remove and wash therefore making them easy to keep clean as compared to having to wash the pillow itself every so often. As you sleep, there are a lot of things that come from your body onto the beddings.
Dead skin cells, hair and body oils, sweat, drool, and dirt is among some of the things that fall off your body as you sleep.
These build up over time and will require you to wash the pillow to enjoy your sleep. A pillow cover prevents these from building up onto the pillow fillings inside the pillow.
Having a removable pillow cover, therefore, extends the life of the pillow since it will not be washed often.
The oils and dirt in your sweat, as well as your drool directly on your pillow, cause the fillings to clump together. A good and comfortable pillow is one that is fluffy and soft, not one that is lumpy.
You most definitely do not want to sleep at night while all the time trying to arrange the lumps in your pillow to find a comfortable position.
A pillow cover will protect your pillow from the oils, dirt, and saliva that come out of your body onto the beddings.
It will help in keeping your pillow nice, soft and fluffy for a longer time. Pillows, when left for a long time accumulate some bacteria, fungus and dust mites that can have adverse effects on your health as you sleep.
These include breakouts on the skin, allergies, problems with the upper respiratory system and in some extreme cases, asthma. These adverse reactions can make your sleeping time not a very restful time.
The solution is right where you rest your head. Frequently cleaning the pillow covers has been known to significantly reduce these cases of allergies.
How to care for pillow covers
Pillow covers are important not only in protecting the pillow and prolonging its lifespan but also for the protection of the person sleeping on them.
Therefore, they must be taken care of very well to fully serve their purpose. This is especially so for pillow used by babies and small children who need extra care.
Since they can easily be removed, they need to be changed as often as once in a week.
These can be laundered depending on the fabric they are made of and they will be ready for use the next time.