Two years ago, I purchased rectangular cooling gel pads to insert into my pillow cases to keep pillows cool for summer sleeping. When I wasn't using the gel pads, I stored them lying flat on a shelf. They were never damaged or punctured but this summer, when I tried using them, the gel flattened or may have evaporated, if that is possible.
I put them in the freezer overnight but they are still flat. Before I purchase new ones, I'd like to know if the ones I already have can be restored, and if so, how - and how should I store them after the summer?
June 14, 20210 found this helpful
I'm sorry but there are so many different brands of rectangular cooling gel pads (even from the Dollar Tree) that it would be difficult to say how long these pads were intended to be used.
Rectangular cooling gel pads are made for many uses; doggie pads, rechargeable gel pads, etc.
I can only suggest you contact the company and ask for their advice as they should be able to tell what caused the pads to change when not in use.
June 18, 20210 found this helpful
Thanks for the new information.
When we do not have sufficient information it is very difficult to answer a question so I tried to explain that we needed to know what product you were asking about.
Since your cooling pads are very expensive you should be able to contact the company/site where purchased and ask for instructions on how to care for your pads when not in use.
They should be happy to answer your questions.
If you would like someone on this site to help you further, it would probably help if you could supply the brand name of your cooling pads.
Thanks for supplying more information.
many of these pillows have 3-5 years warranties so be sure to check this out also.
Could one of these be your pillows?
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June 26, 20210 found this helpful
A photo of your cooling gel pads would be very helpful.
So far, I can only guess.
Do you have Gel'O Cool Pillow Mats? www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1?tag=thrif06-20 (Affiliate Link) It says "we bring you our best solution during the summer time: Human Creations Gel'O Pillow Insert! " This is made in Taiwan. This product has only One-year warranty. www.human-creations.com/.../gel-o-cool-pillow-mat-11-x-22-soft...
If you have this, then they have an online instruction d15c9a79-8f9b-4e96-a7ca-1679e4d68794.../.../f20e33_fde0b8ed5483469a9363ea6d0582300f...
The instruction has General Care:
"Keep away from fire and sharp items.
If any of the inner substance comes in contact with the skin, rinse it away with water and see a doctor if irritation occurs. Should it get into the eyes, flush with water and see a doctor immediately.
This mat is designed for use on soft surfaces such as beds and
cushions. Inappropriate use such as sitting on it and applying
uneven pressure to it on hard surfaces, will cause the gel to shift.
Once shifted, the gel cannot easily be evened out again.
Store horizontally to avoid uneven wear on the fabric.
Store at room temperature when not in use. Do not place in the
freezer for long periods.
Keep in a dark place away from direct sunlight when not in use.
Care should be taken by pregnant women, infants, and the elderly to avoid over cooling. Cover the mat with a blanket or limit use as necessary."
When you kept it, was there something on top? Did you store it in a dark place? As I understand it, this cannot be kept for long in a freezer.
Contact them www.human-creations.com/contact-us
June 30, 20210 found this helpful
I've discarded the gel pads and yes I did store them horizontally and never put them into the freezer until I found that they had flattened out over time. I was hoping I could get some more use from them, considering their cost. They were not pierced or damaged in any
way. The frugal lesson I learned is that they don't last long enough to justify their cost.
Again, thank you for helping me get answers. - Chris