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Can You Put A Mattress Protector in Dryer?

Can You Put A Mattress Protector in Dryer

You may confuse a mattress protector with a mattress topper and while both seem to do the same task, they have vastly different applications. A mattress topper is used to provide comfort rather than protect the mattress. A thick mattress topper may protect the mattress to some degree, but it won’t be as good as using a mattress protector.

As its name states, a mattress protector’s job is to keep the mattress from staining and the user from allergens such as dust mites and the like. Several types of mattress protectors exist from the most basic to complex.

The most basic mattress protector may be a fitted quilted sheet, currently it is common to see mattress protectors made with a combination of synthetic and natural fibers to ensure comfort and protection.

Can You Put A Mattress Protector in Dryer

At first glance, the task of cleaning your mattress protector may look daunting, however, knowing a few simple things will ease your worries.

Some mattress protectors have washing instructions referring to whether they are machine washable or not. It is important to read them, as washing them the wrong way may lead to damage.

For both hand and machine washing, using as mild washing detergent is recommended, as harsher washing liquids may destroy any special lines the protector has. It is also recommended that you use lukewarm water as too high a temperature may damage or shrink the protector.

Now, we arrive at the answer to the question of whether a mattress may be put in a dryer or not.

While it is recommended that a mattress protector is air or sun dried, you can put it into a tumble dryer. However, there are several things to know when using a dryer to dry a mattress protector. The first is to use a medium to low temperature setting, between 60-70°C if you are using a mattress protector suited for tumble drying. If you are unsure, use the same temperature settings but use an ‘air dry’ mode.

When it comes to air drying, it is best to do it on a clear, sunny day. It is best to hang the dryer from a line without folding it. You may hang it indoors if the weather prevents drying in the open air.

Why Should You Use Mattress Protectors and Toppers?

There is a significant difference between a protector and a topper, as both of them are designated to separate tasks.

Firstly, the task of a mattress topper is to provide comfort to the user and aids in prolonging the life of your mattress. Most of the time, toppers are made from different materials, such as memory foam and goose down, in order to increase their comfort factor. They also act as a barrier between the mattress and the user and, in a way, protect it from stains.

Where the protector differs from a topper is the plain fact that they work to keep the mattress safe from stains, dusts and pests. Many are hypoallergenic and designed to be waterproof.

Types of Mattress Protectors

So, how many types of mattress protectors are there? Well, there’s three, and each one is used for different tasks.

As said before, a quilted, fitted sheet is the most basic form of protection. It doesn’t really do much, but at least keeps the mattress clean. Of course, with the advent and use of synthetic fibers and fabrics in textile manufacturing, newer, dust and allergen proof mattress protectors have been invented.

Another type of mattress protector may be a rubberized flannel pad, often used for infants under a bedsheet. Often, these pads are rather hot to sleep on and, alternatively, urethane laminated cotton provides a good mix between wicking moisture and breathability for hot summer nights.

Finally, let us talk about zippered cases. These protectors completely encase the mattress to keep it hidden from the elements. Most often used by hotels, they are also effective in containing and preventing bed bug infestations. They are made to be hypoallergenic and often recommended to asthma patients.


A mattress protector is incremental to keeping your mattress free from dust, damage, and stains that occur from general use. Knowing how to clean then, you also know if you can put a mattress protector in the dryer.