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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.

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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?

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 677 Posts
June 14, 20210 found this helpful

I think there may have been some evaporation. Why dont you contact tne company with these questions?

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June 14, 20210 found this helpful

It sounds like they did somehow evaporate. You may need to go ahead and buy some more.

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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.

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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.

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June 17, 20210 found this helpful

Update: Many thanks, one and all, for your comments. For clarification, I purchased these cooling pads via the internet, not at a dollar store. They are not at all like the squishy first aid gel kind that can be frozen and applied to black eyes, sprained wrists, etc. My cooling pads did not arrive with instructions for storing them.

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They are meant to be inserted into pillow cases. As I spent about $100 for them and used them only a few times, I don't want to discard them unless there is a way to continue using them. They are made of tough, opaque navy blue fabric and measure 12" x 16." Thanks again for your interest. -Ye Olde

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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.

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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?
www.tuck.com/.../

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June 19, 20210 found this helpful

The tuck website you shared is for pillows - I'm asking about inserts that fit between a pillow and pillowcase. Recently I did purchase some gel pillows which I tried out first at the store - they stay cool to the touch but it is diffricult to find the right pillow that suits my neck and shoulders.

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Gel pillows can cost in the range of $169.00 and feel like bags of cement!

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June 20, 20210 found this helpful

Sorry - I posted the wrong website but cannot find the correct one to post.
I hope the brand company will help you or maybe replace them.
Perhaps other members will have better luck answering your question.

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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...

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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

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