Well the short answer is that some you can and some you can’t. Most mattress protectors suggest on their labels that tumble drying on a low heat setting is permissible but from experience some mattress fare better than others whilst in a tumble dryer and it often just comes down to the quality of the fabric that they are made out of. If it looks like the material is at all fragile and thin then you are better of hanging them out, or up, to dry. Some of the lower priced quilted mattress fall into this category.
But what about waterproof mattress protectors that have a waterproof membrane on the underside?
Surprisingly many of these handle tumble drying better than most. But you still have to check the care first to make sure that the tumble dry icon does not have a cross through it, which tells you that it cannot be tumble dried.
If the care label says that it can be tumble dried then there are still a few precautions to take. First make sure that you have set it to your lowest available heat setting. Check the dust/lint filter is clear. Set the machine running but don’t just go out and leave it. What you don’t want to happen is for the cycle to stop and the mattress protector be left sitting on the hot drum surface for any amount of time. This is the point where damage can be caused to the waterproof backing. Even on a low heat setting the drum gets quite hot. If the cycle stops and part of the waterproof membrane is left sitting on the drum it can melt it, making the protector unusable.
So as soon as the cycle stops or just before it stops, open the door and lift the protector straight out and into a laundry basket. Do this every time you wash your mattress protector and you shouldn’t have any problems.
This Allergon Waterproof Mattress Protector can be machine washed at temperatures up to 90c and tumble dried on a low heat setting. They are our best selling mattress protector. Click on the image for more information.
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