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How to wash your Aeros Inflatable Pillow
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How to wash your Aeros Inflatable Pillow

It has been a couple of years since we launched our inflatable Aeros Pillows, and in that time they have gained a reputation as the most comfortable, quietest, easiest to use, lightest, and most packable pillows on the market. Oh, and they’ve also become the best-selling backpacking/camping pillows on the market, too.

Many people have written to us to say that they wonder how they ever camped or traveled without an Aeros Pillow. With all this pillow love going on, a little advice on how to wash an Aeros Pillow seemed appropriate. Here’s how:

Firstly – what kind of Aeros Pillow do you have? There are two types:

 

    Ultralight/Premium Pillow:

    Begin by closing the valve to make sure that water does not get inside the bladder. There’s no need to use any special type of soap. Regular laundry soap will work fine. Immerse the pillow into the soapy water and knead it gently with your hands.

    Once you’re confident that the pillow is clean, repeat the above procedure with clean water to rinse the soap from the pillow’s face fabric; you may need to rinse a couple of times.

    Squeeze the excess water from the face fabric, then hang the pillow up to air dry.

    Do not dry the pillow in a tumble dryer, as this could damage the TPU bladder.

    Make sure the pillow is completely dry before you store it to prevent mold or mildew.

    Pro Tip: we now have Pillowcases available which can be removed from the pillow and easily hand or machine washed.

    Aeros Down Pillow:

    Begin by closing the valve to make sure that water does not get inside the bladder. Use a down soap such as Grangers Down Wash. Supermarket laundry ‘soap’ will leave residue in the down which may prevent it from lofting properly. Add the Down Wash to warm water, immerse the pillow and knead it gently with your hands.

    Once you’re confident that the pillow is clean, repeat the above procedure with clean water to rinse the soap from the pillow’s face fabric; you may need to rinse a couple of times.

    Squeeze the excess water from the face fabric, then hang the pillow up to air dry. You should shake the pillow from time to time to prevent the down from forming into clumps. The down may take longer to dry thoroughly than the fabric of the pillow - make sure the whole pillow is completely dry before you store it to prevent mold or mildew.

    Do not dry the pillow in a tumble dryer, as this could damage the TPU bladder.


    How to store your Aeros Pillow:

    Store it flat or loosely rolled up with the valve open. It is essential to avoid long-term storage of the pillow tightly packed in its stuff sack with the valve closed – any trapped moisture (from condensation) can weaken the bladder.

    13 thoughts on “How to wash your Aeros Inflatable Pillow

    1. avatar Baz says:

      Thanks for contacting us, Gary. The majority of air-loss issues we see with Aeros pillows come from the pillow being stored with moisture from condensed breath trapped inside it. This weakens the laminate and may mean that the pillow will no longer hold air.

      The solution for this is to store the pillow unrolled with the valve open – this allows internal moisture to dry out.

      To resolve your issue, please send images of the pillow and a copy of your receipt along with your ship-to address and phone number to warranty@seatosummit.com – we’ll be happy to find a resolution.

    2. avatar Baz says:

      G’Day Joan! Our Aussie design team have the solution – they made the Airstream Pump/Stuffsack (supplied with your Ether Light mat) with an extra mini-valve nozzle already built in. Just turn the pumpsack inside out, and you will find the nozzle ready to attach to your pillow valve.

    3. avatar Gary Harkinson says:

      I used my pillow about 2 years ago and it was great. Have not hiked for two years now. Used this green ultra lite maybe 20 nights 2 years ago. Last night I was going through my gear getting ready for the AT in April and it won’t stay inflated. I am 70 and need something for my neck will get stiff. Can’t hear a leak or see any damage. If I submerge it in water will it hurt the pillow and is there a way to fix a small leak on these pillows?

    4. avatar Joan Banks says:

      I just bought the Aeros Pillow and wondered is the only way to inflate it by directly blowing into it.
      I bought the Sea to Summit Etherlight XT air mattress at the same time and was hoping I could use this pump sac but it doesn’t seem compatible.

    5. avatar Doc G (FMF) says:

      Had my pillow for 3 years. It’s fantastic. Neck doesn’t hurt as much anymore. I use it in my regular bed, wherever I ride my Harley for camping or during truck camping. Love it…….. I should probably wash it. Probably need a bigger one too :)

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