A good goose feather pillow, (considered the Cadillac of pillows) given proper care, should last anywhere between 60 and 100 years and still be in good usable condition. Here is why most of them don’t:
Every time a pillow is washed or steam-cleaned, those feathers have lost between 10 and 15 years of their usefulness.
A feather depends on the oil in it for its life and softness. Washing or steam cleaning removes oil from them, shortening their usable life. If cleaned by Carlson Pillow Cleaning Service, a machine is used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize the feathers without removing any of their oil. The feathers are not mixed with feathers of another customer’s feathers. The machine tumbles and fluffs the feathers. Tumbling removes the chaff and dust to a filter in the bottom of the machine. The feathers are subjected to germ-killing ozone-emitting ultra-violet light produced by a powerful germicidal bulb set in the top of the machine. The process takes about five minutes, the feathers are put into a new down-proof ticking, and the result is a cleaner than new pillow.