Pillow-cleaning fundraiser at Detroit Lakes Methodist Church Aug. 24
Feather pillows and down pillows will be cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed, with new ticking (fabric covers) of the customer’s choice, while crushed foam pillows can be cleaned and polyester pillows can be recovered.
DETROIT LAKES — The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church is holding an unusual new fundraiser – pillow cleaning.
Feather pillows and down pillows will be cleaned, deodorized, sanitized and fluffed, with new ticking (fabric covers) of the customer’s choice.
Crushed foam pillows can be cleaned and polyester pillows can be recovered.
The pillow cleaning event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the church at 885 Pembina Trail.
“Your pillows will be made cleaner than new for little more than the cost of new ticking,” according to the advertising flier by Carlson Pillow Cleaning Service of Willmar – a longtime, reputable family business that brings a mobile unit to fundraising events, according to church member and fundraiser organizer Judy Lightowler. Carlson Pillow Cleaning has been making annual visits to Perham for about 10 years, she said.
The service is especially popular with owners of feather pillows and down pillows, she added.
“He (owner Mike Carlson) will add more down and feathers if necessary, or remove some if they’ve gotten hard,” she said. “Just show up,” she said. “You can drop off your pillow at 8 a.m. and pick it up later, or wait while he works on yours.”
Carlson only works on one pillow at a time, she said. “There’s no mixing of feathers or down.” As part of the cleaning process, he removes the feathers or down and puts it back in new ticking, she said.
Feather or down pillows can last over 100 years, Lightowler said. She had her grandmother’s comforter made into two pillows – a service that Carlson also provides.
Carlson recommends cleaning pillows at least every two years, Lightowler said.
The fundraiser is charging $13.95 for a standard-sized pillow, $15.95 for a queen-sized pillow, and $16.95 for a king-sized pillow, and the church gets a percentage of that, Lightowler said, adding that the last pillow-cleaning fundraiser she was involved in raised several hundred dollars.