Instructions for using and caring for your Hot Cherry® pit therapeutic pillow
Instructions for Warming your “Hot
Cherry”® pit pillow
Before Use: Check the wattage of your microwave, many small microwaves are 700 watts, but can be 780 watts, most medium-sized microwaves are 1000 watts, but can be even more powerful. Larger more professional type microwave ovens can be as much as 1600 watts. If you are not sure of the oven’s wattage, begin with lowest setting and increase in small increments. Hot Cherry® pit pillows should be hot, to be most effective, but be careful, not to overheat!
Very Important: Be sure that your pillow does not touch the microwave oven walls, and that it is centered to allow for complete rotations of the turntable (with small ovens or larger pillows–– double or fold over). All microwaves have hot spots, so if the microwave is also used for food, be sure that all food particles are removed, as they can cause hot spots. Place a large
Microwaves and pillows are different in size and wattage. Always test Hot Cherry® pillows first on lowest setting and increase in 30 second to 1 minute increments. Some large pillows may be too big for small microwaves. Very important: microwave turntable must rotate completely, otherwise the pillow may get scorched.
WARNING: If turntable does not move freely with pillow rotating, it is possible that it may catch on fire! Please follow heating instructions. In the past, cherry pit pillows have been warmed in wood burning stoves, furnaces and conventional ovens, but we do not recommend it, because of the risk of burning the fabric. Hot Cherry® not responsible for burned or scorched pillows.
- # 1Square pillow (2 lbs) in 700 watt micros––maximum, 4 minutes
- Large rectangle pillow (4 lbs) in 700 watt micros––maximum, 8 minutes
- Square pillow (2 lbs) in 1000 watt micros––maximum, 2 minutes
- Large rectangle pillow (4 lbs) in 1000 watt micros––maximum, 6 minutes
- Eye pillow (1/2 lb) in 700 watt micros––maximum 2 minutes
- Eye pillow (1/2 lb) in 1000 watt micros––maximum 30
- Neck pillow (1.5 lbs) in 700 watt micros ––maximum 3 minutes
- Neck pillow (1.5 lbs) in 1000 watt micros––maximum 2 minutes
Be careful when using a hot pillow. It may not be advisable to place it directly on skin, rather separate with a layer, or more, of sheeting or blanket.
Alternative means of heating:
Hot Cherry® pit pillows can be warmed in crock pots. Both pillows and crock pots vary in size, thus in the time it takes to warm them. Try ½ on high, then turn pillow rotating center pits to outside, for another half hour. Do not leave the pillow in the crock pot unattended!
In the past cherry pit pillows have been warmed in wood burning stoves, furnaces and conventional ovens, but we do not recommend it, because of the risk of burning the fabric.
Cleaning and Washing:
Each time you heat the Hot Cherry® in the microwave it sterilizes the fabric, so there is no need to regularly wash the pillow. If a spot cleaning is needed, wash by hand, in cold water and dry flat, on paper towels. Please note that red colors are not colorfast, so be careful not to put a wet Hot Cherry® on other fabrics. Hot Cherry® pit pillows can be washed in the washing machine, separately, minimal shrinkage will occur. To dry lay flat in the sun. Be sure to dry completely before storing your Hot Cherry®.
WARNING! Never allow a child to warm or use a Hot Cherry® pit pillow without adult supervision. Pillows can be very hot when taken from the microwave oven It is advisable to place a layer of sheeting between skin and a heated Hot Cherry®.
Do not put a heated moist pillow on wood furniture.
Moist Heat is not for every condition; consult your doctor or health care practitioner before using Hot Cherry® therapeutic pillows, especially if you suffer from diabetes, or have a heart-related disorder. Do not use heat therapy on open wounds, bruising, or other skin conditions. Do not put heated Hot Cherry® pillows on people who cannot move them off if the pillow is too hot, such as infants, the elderly, or disabled.