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What causes my down pillow to break in and get softer with use?
Simple. The absorption of body oils, perspiration, and humidity through the cotton shell and into the down cause a pillow to break in. A pillow protector will help protect your down pillow, provided you remove it and wash it often. We've noticed that down pillows last far longer in dry climates and in air conditioned bedrooms. Oils and humidity are their enemy, working their way into the fill causing it to mat, clump and deteriorate. But remember, this happens to synthetic pillows as well. Consider the relative cost of your pillow to the years of comfort and use you will receive. It seems reasonable that a pillow, like everything else, should be replaced after its serviceable life.
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