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Monday, 29 August 2011

Checking for Quality and Comfort

Checking for Quality and Comfort
Step 1
Ask how the feathers have been treated or processed to reduce allergens, assure cleanliness and eliminate odors. If information is not included with the packaging and your vendor cannot provide this information, check the manufacturer's website. Most manufacturers who take extra steps to insure the cleanliness and safety of their feathers will say so in their on-line information pages.
Step 2
Feel the pillow to determine its degree of softness and also to feel for quills. If the feathers are too large you will be able to feel individual quills. Not only will this produce discomfort, but it will also be an indication that the pillow will lose loft more quickly than pillows stuffed with smaller and finer feathers.
Step 3
Listen to the pillow. If you squeeze and rub the pillow as you hold it to your ear, you will hear larger quills rubbing together. Consider that you will hear this as well when you are trying to sleep.
Step 4
Ask where the feathers are placed within the pillow. Some feather pillows feature an outer core of down or other material that add comfort and help keep quills from poking through the covering material and protect you as well from allergens produced by the feathers.
Step 5
Read the washing instructions. A good quality feather pillow should be machine washable and should come with detailed care instructions.

1 comment:

  1. Pillows are filled with different kinds of feathers, mostly Chickens.

    Chicken Feather Pillows ~ Mostly collected from dead birds (killed for their meat). But sometimes collected from their nest boxes.

    Duck Feather Pillows ~ Sometimes from Ducks that have been killed for their meat, but sometimes collected from their nest boxes.

    Goose Feather Pillows ~ Mostly collected from their nest boxes, very rarely from dead birds (unless natural causes).

    Ostrich ~ From live Birds (dropped off feathers), but sometimes from dead birds.

    Other (Rare) ~ Mostly from live Birds these days, but in the olden days, they just killed anything for their feathers. Take the Dodo for instance.



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