All types of businesses are taking advanced steps to enhance their cleaning and sanitation procedures. You may have seen what companies are doing on their websites, on televisions commercials, or on social media. The hospitality industry is no exception in learning about and incorporating new disinfecting steps into their properties. One particular linen we wanted to focus on that can help in slowing the spread of germs is pillow protectors. It is a product that can be overlooked when preparing bedding for guests, but it is vital in this day and age. We will highlight the importance of pillow protectors, how to wash them, popular pillow protectors, and similar products that can help keep your bedding protected.
What is a Pillow Protector?
Like the name, the purpose of the pillow protector is to add an extra layer of protection for a pillow. Pillow protectors are placed around an entire pillow to act as a barrier and extend its life. They are not to be mistaken with pillowcases which are decorative, comfortable, and go over a pillow protector so that they are seen by the guests. Pillow protectors usually open and close with a zipper.
Importance of Pillow Protectors
- Acts as a barrier against allergens and bacteriophage
- Can be antimicrobial which prevents the growth of bacteria and viruses
- Protects against dust mites and bed bugs
- Should be breathable to increase airflow and not allow hot air to get stuck inside the pillow and make sleeping uncomfortable
- Waterproof pillow protectors protect against spills and body fluids like sweat or saliva
- Protects against bad odors that can be absorbed into a pillow without a protector
- Improves overall sleeping experience
How to Wash a Pillow Protector
The process of washing a pillow protector should be simple and convenient. It should slide on and off of a pillow with ease if it is the proper size. It can be washed as frequently as you prefer. However, it is recommended that pillow protectors be washed at least once a month, but it would be best to wash them between each guest reservation to increase sanitation efforts. Pillow protectors should follow the washing and drying settings listed on the manufacturer tag.
Popular Pillow Protectors
InnStyle offers a wide range of pillow protectors depending on your needs and preferences. They offer pillow protectors at different thread counts and different fabrics like 100% cotton and polyester. InnStyle also has waterproof and antimicrobial pillow protectors. Their more popular pillow protectors include:
Bed Care Pillow Protector: This pillow protector is developed with 100% polyester with a breathable urethane membrane and has a rust proof zipper. It works well against bed bugs and dust mites. This is a good option for guests who easily get hot because it’s “satin like” feel makes it smooth and cool on the surface.
Sleep Tite Pillow Protector: It is developed with a 100% cotton terry surface and a polyurethane backing to prevent allergens, dust mites, and other bacteria from getting into your pillow. It is very thin, breathable, waterproof, has a cool sleeping surface, with a zipper that will not affect the feel of your pillow.
STex Antimicrobial Pillow Protector: A new product that is also waterproof. It is created with antimicrobial fabric which means that it prevents the growth of microbes on the fabric like viruses and bacteria. This pillow protector is a great product to slow the spread of germs.
Mattress Encasements Important Also
While on the subject of protecting your pillow, the mattress is another extremely important part of the bed to protect. A mattress is a big investment, so you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. There are encasements offered to protect the mattress from harmful allergens, bugs, and microtoxins. They can also be waterproof and breathable. This way, your bedding will have the best quality defense barriers. Look for more information about mattress encasements in future blogs.
InnStyle is Here for You
Pillow Protectors help improve the overall cleanliness and disinfecting efforts at your property. They aren’t the first thing your guests notice, but they do help their sleep experience. If you have any other questions about pillow protectors or would like some recommendations, please speak with one of our account managers. We can be reached at 267-354-6020 or 800-877-4667. Our website is https://www.innstyle.com/.