Gather round campers; today we'll teach you how to clean and store camping pillows so that your pillow lasts longer and stays clean!
A camping pillow such as our ALUFT Deluxe Inflatable Pillow is a must-have for any camper, hiker, trekker, or backpacker. When you're exploring the wilderness and sleeping in a tent, it's important to have something soft and comfortable to rest your head-on. However, if you're not careful with your camping pillow, it could get dirty and/or smelly from dirt and bug droppings. Cleaning a camp pillow before storing it away is very important. This helps to keep body odor and moldy smells from building up over time.
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There are many different types of camping pillows, but they all have one thing in common: they need to be cleaned after use. No matter what material your pillow is made out of, there is always dirt and oils that will accumulate over time. When properly cared for, all your outdoor gear will last much longer than if left dirty. This blog post will show you how to clean and store a camping pillow so it is ready for your next adventure!
If you don't want your pillow to be gross and smelly, here is how to clean it:
First off: don't be afraid to wash it! Most camping pillows can handle being washed. Next, it’s best to find out what type of fabric your pillow is made from (cotton, polyester, etc.). Different fabrics will need different care instructions. For example, cotton should be washed with soap and cold water while polyesters can be machine dried or hand-washed with mild detergents. If the pillow has any form of electronic components then we recommend taking them out beforehand.
Typically, you can clean camping pillows on your own by handwashing them with soap and water. This can be done by filling up a sink with warm soapy water and rubbing the surface of the pillow while it's submerged. This process should take about 10 minutes, during which time you'll want to massage any dirty spots on top of your pillow as well. You can also put some dish soap on the toothbrush or paintbrush and scrub away at the dirtiest parts of the camping pillow, like around zippers and seams.
Once finished, rinse off your camp pillow with cool running water. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the wet area before letting it dry, this will help absorb moisture and prevent mold growth during storage periods. It’s best to use an antibacterial cleaner like Lysol Disinfectant Spray or Clorox Wipes (be careful not to get any residue on the fabric). If possible, avoid using detergents because they will remove the dirt from the fabric but leave behind a chemical residue that is not good for sensitive skin.
Cleaning inflatable camping pillows is a two-step process. The first step involves removing all the air from the pillow and laying it flat on a surface. Next, use a cloth to wipe down the entire exterior of the pillow with soap and water, inside and out. Finally, lay it out in direct sunlight or near an indoor heater that will dry your inflatable camping pillow more quickly than if you left it alone to do its thing naturally.
Remember if your inflatable camping pillow has any fabric or polyester covers or built-in foam pads, they should always be removed before washing and dried separately from the rest of the product. This will avoid damaging any delicate materials with heat (or vice versa).
After you have properly cleaned/washed your camping pillow, you'll now need to know how to store your camping pillow. The best way is to store the camping pillow in the original storage bag it came in. Then you can use the storage method recommended by the manufacturer!
However, in case you don’t have the original storage bag, you can do this instead. Roll it tightly from one end to the other, then fold it in half lengthwise and place it into an airtight Ziploc bag with the air valve facing down. We do recommend getting a quality compression sack from Amazon. They come in different sizes and are reasonably priced at less than $20 each. You can even use some sort of zip tie or elastic band to keep it all together inside the storage case.
Now it's ready for storage! Just make sure to put the bag in an area where there will be little moisture and humidity when stored (if possible). Also, don't store them near something with sharp objects like knives or tools. They could puncture the fabric and cause leaks. Doing this will help the pillow last longer.
Properly cleaning and storing a camp pillow will make it last much longer and be ready when you need it. Follow these steps to clean and store your camping pillow after every use so that it is always in top shape! We hope this blog post has been a useful guide to how you can clean and store your camping pillow. If you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to comment down below!
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