pillow coverYou spend a lot of time with your pillow. You rest your head on it every night to sleep and may even sneak in a nap every now and then. Since you share so much time and personal space with your pillow, you want to be sure it’s clean and comfortable. But did you know most people aren’t doing anything to protect their pillow aside from putting it in a pillow case? Unfortunately a pillow case won’t really do much other than make your pillow look nice. You should use a pillow protector In order to keep your pillow as fresh and clean as possible. A pillow protector will take extra care of your pillow by acting as a barrier between dirt, bacteria and even allergens such as pet dander and dust mites. Pillow protectors are meant to be used in addition to a pillowcase and can be washed and cared for the same as your other bed linens. Unlike a pillowcase a pillow protector zips tightly around your pillow, keeping your pillow clean and fresh while you use it. We’ve listed some of the benefits of protecting your pillow in detail below. Keeps Dirt Out In addition to keeping your pillow a clean, a pillow protector will help it last longer. An unprotected pillow will collect many different unwanted particles, including sweat and other body oils, dead skin and dirt. The tightly woven material of a pillow protector will keep these particles out of your pillow. The added cleanliness will prolong your pillow’s comfort, helping it last longer and saving you money. Allergy Relief Many pillow protectors offer an added level of allergy protection. These pillow protectors are specially designed to keep allergens out of the fibers of your pillow. Allergens such as dust mites, pet dander and pollenwill settle into the fibers of an unprotected pillow. While you sleep you can inhale these allergens. If you’re an allergy sufferer this will trigger your allergy symptoms, making it extremely difficult to get a good night’s sleep. By protecting your pillow with an allergy pillow protector you’ll be keeping allergens from entering your pillow, as well as trapping any allergens that have previously entered your pillow, ensuring that you will not be bothered by them while you sleep. A pillow protector will not only help you protect your pillow from dirt, but you’ll be protecting yourself from possible health risks! Do you currently use a pillow protector? Do you find it helps your pillow last longer?