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Thoughts on cleaning a bed wedge?

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  1. WeltsAbound

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    Hello,

    I know I'm posting a lot right now, so please forgive the frequency. Just trying to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible early.

    I am currently Washing all bedding per my PC's instructions, but I have a foam bed wedge that I use to elevate my head/prevent heartburn.

    I think it's small enough to fit in the dryer, but I don't think it will fit in my mattress engagement (there's already a Tempur Pedic topper squeezing in there).

    Does anyone have thoughts/experiences with proper cleaning and isolation of this type of thing?

    Thank you!

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    Sat Sep 15 2018 11:02:34
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    Forgive typos--my phone has an aggressive and faulty autocorrect!

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    There are two concerns with such an item:

    1. Killing bed bugs/eggs in something.
    2. Removing bed bug fecal stains (if any).

    If you’re worried about #1– this is likely your PMP’s concern. A dryer will kill bed bugs and the item can likely be safely dried on hot. We recommend 1/2 hour for most things but you might want to go a bit longer with something like that.

    #2 (no pun intended) may or may not be an issue but if it is, if you can dry it, maybe you can also machine wash it (or at least the cover, if removable). If #2 isn’t an issue, then you don’t need to worry about washing the item. A hot dryer will kill bed bugs and eggs.

    I’m not sure you can prevent it from being accessed by bed bugs later, but you can certainly dry it on hot regularly. That would kill any bed bugs introduced to it (& eggs). You may be able to buy a pillow encasement that is secure and fits the wedge.

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    I wonder if the foam would be bothered by heat -- dry it out. If the wedge is in a pillow-type case, you can wash the case and put it on the wedge again. Using a case is like using an encasement. An encasement doesn't protect you or keep you from being bitten. It serves to make it easier to spot bed bugs because you remove potential harborage points like seams and edges. You force bed bugs to go to other places where they can be seen.

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