If you are one of the many people who have realized just how comfortable a body pillow is you will want to make sure that you take good care of your pillow so that it provides many years of use. One of the most important things that you can do to protect a body pillow is to keep it covered with a good quality pillow case. There are several reasons why this will extend the life of your body pillow.
Using body pillow covers means that you will not have to wash the body pillows themselves very often. You can simply throw the pillow cover into the wash when you clean the sheets. Some people even use two layers of protection on their body pillow. In addition to keeping dirt and dust away from the pillow, a good quality case will protect the pillow from the natural oils that are found on your skin as well as body lotions, hair products, etc.
Moisture is also an enemy of all types of pillows, especially if they are down or feather pillows. Again a pillow cover will help protect your body pillow from moisture but it is also a good idea to throw a pillow into the dryer for a while if you live in a humid climate. If your body pillow is too big to fit in your home dryer, you may want to bring it to a commercial laundry or dry cleaners for cleaning and a good drying out two or three times a year.
Most body pillows come with one cover but it does not hurt to have at least one extra. If your body pillow is a standard size, it should be easy to find extra cases at a department store or online. If it is not a common size and shape, check with the manufacturer to see if they sell additional cases. Your last resort would be to have a custom case made for your pillow. It is worth the time and investment to keep your body pillow protected so it will last you for many years.