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Your mattress protector is a waterproof barrier that protects a mattress from dirt, liquid, bacteria, and allergens. They keep your bed clean while preventing damage from spills and stains, increasing the life of a mattress, and protecting the mattresses manufacturer’s warranty.

A mattress protector is a breathable protective layer that fits a mattress like a fitted sheet. It’s easy to take on and off. It’s important to take proper care of your mattress protector to help prevent any bacteria build up and also to protect any warranty that it might have. Improper care can void a warranty, so make sure to check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. It is generally not recommended to dry clean your mattress protector. Instead, you can safely care for it in the comforts of your home.

Here are some general tips to help you learn how to wash a mattress protector.

Should I Wash a Mattress Protector Before Use?

Wash your mattress protector prior to placing it on your mattress. When you first take a mattress protector out of its packaging, it will have a starchy feel that, if used unwashed, could cause a crunching sound when sleeping on it. Washing your mattress protector before your first use will help soften it and make it fit your bed better. It might take a couple washes before a new mattress protector will have the most ideal fit and feel.

How Often Should I Wash My Mattress Protector?

You should try washing your protector at least every two months or so. If you have pets or suffer from allergies, wash it more frequently. If you spill something, you need to wash it immediately. An easy way to remember to wash it is by washing it every 4th or 8th bed sheet wash, depending on how often you use it.

How to Wash My Mattress Protector?

Use a mild liquid detergent. Avoid products with added bleach or whiteners. It’s also important to try to dilute the detergent rather than applying it directly. Set your machine on delicate cycle with cold or lukewarm water. Start your washing machine with just water and then add in the liquid detergent. If you have a separate section where you add in your liquid, then proceed like regular. Machine wash the protector with warm water to help prevent any damage.

How to Dry My Mattress Protector?

Try to line dry your mattress protector to help preserve its shape and form. If you cannot do that, tumble dry on low heat with other bedding items. Avoid drying it alone in the dryer. Drying it at a high heat will make it lose its strength, damage the waterproof material and shorten its lifespan. Never iron a mattress protector.

How Many Mattress Protectors Do I Need?

We find that most customers start with two mattress protectors, one to immediately put on the mattress and another for back up in case of emergency spills or while doing the laundry.

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