I found the following sentence in this link and I'm having a hard time understanding the meaning of it.

"Line mattress and pillows if you are allergic to dust mites"

What does it mean to line a mattress or a pillow? I have found two possible definitions in this context for the verb "line", but I don't think either one of them is the "exact" definition in this case:

  1. To fit a covering to the inside surface of.
  2. To cover the inner surface of.

(The inside or the inner surface of a matress or a pillow?)

Thank you!

  • It means a lining: A layer of different material covering the inside surface of something. Like a double layer, for example two pillow cases on one pillow. The 'inside' is the inside of the outer layer. Obviously, you can't put it inside the pillow itself. Apr 15 '20 at 1:49
  • I suspect that in this context it implies a tight covering that is inside the pillowcase or under the bottom sheet.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 15 '20 at 2:02
  • Pillow liner is a pretty common term. However, if you search for it on the Bed, Bath and Beyond website (an authoritative source, I submit), you get redirected to pillow protector. For example: bedbathandbeyond.com/store/s/pillow-liners Apr 15 '20 at 2:36

To line a mattress and a pillow means to use a mattress protector and a pillow cover as the first layer followed by a top layer which is the bedsheet and the pillow case. You can google the images of a mattress cover and a pillow cover.

  • Thank you for your explanation!
    – Maurice
    Apr 17 '20 at 16:18

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