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    Wash A New Mattress Pad

    Would you wash a new mattress pad before using it? It's a real b!tch to wash it because it's so large and takes forever to dry. Plus if you're putting a sheet over it and it's hypoallergenic and all, shouldn't it be okay to use it without washing it first?

    What would Eddy do?
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    I'd probably spray it down with a disinfectant if I didn't wash it first. But other than that, a new one should be good to go (unless you mean new to you, but used - in which case, ewww, and definitely wash it).
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    Only if you stole it from "The Short Time Inn".
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    It's new, new. As opposed to eww, new.

    I just got it from the Bed Bath and Beyond.

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    Then you should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by il sogno
    Would you wash a new mattress pad before using it? It's a real b!tch to wash it because it's so large and takes forever to dry. Plus if you're putting a sheet over it and it's hypoallergenic and all, shouldn't it be okay to use it without washing it first?

    What would Eddy do?
    wash it. you never know where it was stored (and how) before it was sealed. i've had more than a few things irritate my son's skin (and mine) before i learned to wash things before using them, even if they're shrink-wrapped.
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    Fabric used in commercial manufacture has "sizing" in it. Basically it's starch which keeps the fabric somewhat rigid making it easier to sew.

    ANYTHING you purchase should be washed before you wear it to remove the sizing, but also to remove any other storage chemicals and treatments. These could be simple or complex chemicals, but washing removes all this stuff -- warehouse dust, packaging dander, etc.

    Most items, particularly bedding will include a tag which recommends washing before using.

    Take it to a laundromat and wash it in a large, commercial machine. That's the way to do bedding, large comforters, quilts, etc.

    Get the package dander and sizing out of it.

    But ALL clothing and bedding should be washed before use. Riding shorts particularly can get allergic if not washed before use.

    No instructions in the packaging? No instruction on the fabric label/tag?

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