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How To Keep Bamboo Sheets Clean?

There are so many amazing benefits to sleeping with bamboo sheets. Not only are bamboo sheets unbelievably comfortable, naturally, and hypoallergenic, they also require very little work in maintaining. This may come as a surprise to some people since they do not know exactly how to care for bamboo sheets and assume that these incredible sheets have to be dry cleaned or receive special care in order to prevent the benefits from slowly diminishing.

However, these people will be happy to learn that this is not the case. The natural benefits of bamboo not only make one of the most comfortable sheets to sleep in, but it also creates a product that can be cared for easily and effortlessly.

One of the marvellous perks that come with the use of bamboo sheets is the fact that the bamboo helps with the regulation of the body’s temperature. This is wonderful in more ways than just one. Not only do you escape such nuisances as kicking the sheets off when you get too hot during those warm summer nights, but you also avoid the sweat that comes from overheating. Regular sheets absorb the body’s sweat and eventually will begin to develop a yellow tint with the passage of time.

This is a catastrophe that will never happen with bamboo sheets. The natural bamboo fibres in bamboo sheets absorb any extra heat emitted from the body at night and help prevent the body from sweating. Not only this, but bamboo sheets also wick moisture and will not absorb any of the natural moisture produced by the body. This is why bamboo sheets are white and will stay white the entire time that you own them (and beyond).

When it comes to washing the bamboo sheets, there are no special precautions that need to be taken. You wash the sheets the same way you would wash any other cotton or polyester fabric. Just toss the sheets into the washer on a mild cycle with any normal detergent from the store and the sheets will come out just like new. You do not need to add any bleach or any fabric softeners as bamboo sheets are already one of the softest fabrics you will ever have the pleasure of dealing with.

Keep in mind when washing your sheets that fabrics will last longer when washed in cool water rather than hot. You will notice as time passes that bamboo sheets do not turn that greyish colour that sometimes is seen with older white sheets that have absorbed harsh detergents.

So you just purchased your first set of bamboo sheets, and you are a bit stumped on how to launder them! Luckily it is not much different than your other linens, except that you can wash and dry in cooler temperatures, and with a gentle liquid detergent. Bamboo has shorter fibre than cotton, and to keep your sheets smooth and lasting longer; use low to medium temperatures. As bamboo fibres are naturally resistant to bacteria, mildew and odours, you do not need to use bleach. A plus with today’s green initiatives to use less chemicals around the house!

If you already own bamboo sheets and need some advice on how to care for them, this article is perfect for you. We will explain everything you need to know how to wash your bamboo sheets and bedding.

In this guide, you will find out simple steps you can take to clean your bamboo sheets the right way. We will also go over some very common mistakes people make that can ruin their bamboo sheets.

To keep your new bamboo bedding as soft and cozy as possible, as well as adding longevity to your linens, it is best to care for them properly. Washing your linens in cool to warm water, with a gentle or eco-friendly liquid detergent, will get them clean and keep them soft. Bleach is not necessary as bamboo is naturally resistant to bacteria, odours and mildew, so you no longer have to smell bleach on your sheets when you’re sleeping just to feel like they are clean! We do not recommend using fabric softener or dryer sheets, as they can add a film to your sheets, and can even discolour them.

And you simply won’t need them as bamboo linens are amazingly soft all on their own, with no added help! Washer or dryer balls are not ideal for bamboo, or any of your fine linens for that matter, as they can grab and pull on delicate fibres and cause tearing or pilling. The first time you wash your new linens, you may notice a bit more lint in the dryer, and this is normal, as bamboo has shorter fibres and some will release the first time you wash. It is imperative that you wash your new linens before you use them, as bamboo shrinks the first time it is washed as well, and we have purposely oversized the linens to allow for that first-time shrinkage.

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How do you wash bamboo sheets?

Wash sheets separately from towels or other clothing. This gives the sheets more room to circulate in the water, which means they’ll get cleaner. Washing sheets alone also prevents damage caused by zippers and other fasteners, and it reduces the amount of pilling that can happen over time.

Always pre-treat stains before laundering sheets. Avoid using bleach on bed linens as it can damage the fabric. If you need to brighten white sheets, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the wash water instead of bleach. Use a mild detergent for cotton and cotton-polyester-blend sheets. Special fabrics such as linen and silk may require a specialized detergent.

If your washing machine features a centre agitator, loosely from each sheet into a ball before dropping it into the tub, this strategy will reduce the damage that can be caused by sheets coming into contact with the agitator.

Use a gentle wash cycle and cool or lukewarm water. Remove the sheets as soon as the cycle is over to reduce wrinkles. Shaking the sheets out before placing them in the dryer can also reduce wrinkles.

When possible, dry sheets on an outside clothesline but out of the direct sun. If drying in the clothes dryer, use a low heat setting to minimize damage from high temperatures.

Remove the sheets from the dryer as soon as the cycle is over, and fold them, smoothing wrinkles with your hands. If wrinkles have set, dry the sheets for an additional five minutes with a damp towel tossed into the mix to add moisture. Avoid ironing the sheets if possible because that kind of heat can damage the fibres.

Less is more when it comes to cleaning products and one’s bamboo sheets. When washing one’s bamboo bed sheets and other bedding products try to use a mild detergent and run the wash on the delicate/gentle cycle

Avoid using super hot water; most care instructions will suggest a cold or warm wash.

For stained fabric, people can use a chlorine-free stain remover but avoid products like bleach or other harsh stain removers.

If people are looking for DIY option – try cleaners with a baking soda base and avoid using vinegar which can damage the bamboo fibre.

In summer we recommend washing your bed linen every 7-10 days. In winter you can wash them every two weeks.

Things to remember:

  • First, always wash your bamboo bedding in cold water, at 30C max and on a gentle cycle.
  • It is important to wash them separately, because zippers, hooks, etc. can cause pilling and abrasion.
  • Also, unless you like super linty sheets – avoid washing them with towels or blankets.
  • Use a mild, liquid, biodegradable detergent. Or, if you prefer powder, make sure it has dissolved before adding your bamboo sheets to the wash.
  • We do not recommend using bleach, as they are usually packed with toxic chemicals.
  • Eco-friendly laundry pre-soak and stain remover can help to brighten your bamboo bedding.
  • Fabric softener is not necessary with bamboo sheets – they are already soft and will stay that way after washing.

How to dry your bamboo sheets?

If possible, Line dries your bamboo bedding to preserve fibres, colours and elasticity. If you have to use a dryer, choose a low heat and a low tumble cycle. As soon as the dryer finishes, avoid wrinkles by immediately taking them out.

A large benefit of bamboo sheets comes from their ability to drape very well. Even if there are wrinkles from being washed or stored, they gradually go away in a few hours. By the time you hit the bed at night, they are flat and fresh, ready to give you the good nights sleep you deserve. If you are after a crispier look immediately, you can iron them at a low temperature.

Sometimes, you’ll take your clothes out of the washer, and they’ll feel a little stiff, almost like it’s a different material. This will change once it’s done drying.

The best way to dry your bamboo clothing or linens is out on a line in good weather, but since that’s not an option for a lot of us, there are some simple tips to follow when drying indoors.

If you use a machine, tumble dry on mild settings, and no longer than absolutely necessary. When you’re done, promptly remove everything from the drier.

(As a side note, if you can dry your stuff outdoors, be aware that the natural moisture-wicking and absorption qualities of bamboo mean that it can take some extra time to dry. So you may want to start earlier in the day than you normally would.)

How frequently do you wash bamboo sheets?

Laundry Experts recommend that you wash your sheets every week or every fortnight. This is the same with bamboo sheets or cotton sheets. Wash your sheets weekly (more often for humid climates) to extend the life of your bed linens. During the time spent on the bed, dirt, dust, skin cells, body oils and fluids, and fecal material accumulate on sheets. The longer these particles accumulate on the sheets, the more stress is put on the sheet fibres. In addition, skin cells and body oils and fluids can attract microscopic mites.

If you leave your sheets on your bed for a long period of time, the fabric becomes stretched and becomes difficult for it to recover its shape. This makes them more prone to tearing when you wash them.

To reduce the washing frequency, bathe before bedtime so you’ll take less dirt into bed with you. Keeping sweat, oils, and dirt out of bed will keep the sheets clean longer.

Keep multiple sets of sheets available, so a clean set is always ready to go on the bed. By rotating three sets of sheets per bed, the sheets will last longer.

When to replace your bamboo sheets?

This varies for everyone. As with regular cotton sheets, when your sheets start to wear and become discoloured, you should consider replacing them soon. If you wash your sheets and put them in the dryer regularly, they may begin to wear out after 12-18 months. If you are very gentle with your sheets, they can last for several years.

We use sateen weave for our sheets which makes them much softer than the other types of weave, but this makes them more delicate. They must be cared for in a gentle manner, and you should avoid placing sharp objects (e.g. clothing with zippers) on your bed. If you notice a small hole or rip in your sheets, you will need to repair it immediately to avoid the hole getting bigger.

Even the highest quality bedding will eventually reach the end of their lifecycle. After years of beauty sleep, fraying hems and stains can mean it is time for an upgrade. We suggest replacing your bamboo pillowcases more often than sheets and duvet covers. This is due to the oils from your hair, skin and makeup that comes into direct contact with the fabric while you sleep. The recommended frequency to replace pillowcases is every six months, followed by sheets and duvet covers every 12-18 months.

Is your bamboo sheet recyclable?

It’s always nice to freshen up your bedroom with fresh, new bamboo sheets from time to time, but what do you do with the old ones? Bamboo fabric is 100% biodegradable, so it’s totally safe to send them to landfill. But as a sustainable brand, we encourage Reduce, Reuse, Recycle wherever you can. If you aren’t sure how to repurpose your old bedding, read this article for tips.

How do I remove stains from my bamboo sheets?

Please avoid bleach at all costs. Our bamboo fibre is very delicate, and bleach can eat a hole in your sheets. So what can you do? Try a mild, eco-friendly pre-soak and stain remover for removing light stains.

Stains can be treated with a bit of vinegar and water. You can do this by preparing a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, and applying it on the stain for a couple of hours. For more stubborn stains, you can try an enzyme-based stain remover, as long as they do not contain chlorine.

If you use a stain remover, we suggest doing a test on the bamboo fabric bag your bedding comes in to make sure the product doesn’t damage the fabric.

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Sweat

Two of the most common stains that you’ll have to deal with are those that come from bodily fluids like blood and sweat. Sweat turns a nasty yellow colour after it’s been exposed to bacteria. You can avoid this by simply washing your sheets regularly.

If the sweat stains do get to the point where they are yellow, you can get rid of this by using a gentle rub detergent.

Blood

Blood will be a little harder to get out of your sheets then sweat. If you bleed on your sheets, the first thing you want to do is soak the area in cold water, so the stain doesn’t get the chance to soak in.

Once the area has soaked for a bit, apply an enzyme cleaner. It’s very important that this cleaner contains no chlorine. Let the sheets sit in the cleaner and cold water for about 15 minutes and then check it.

If the stain is gone, then you can toss it in the washing machine as you usually would finish the process. Hydrogen peroxide works as an effective cleaner for bamboo sheets as well. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide and then rinse it with cold water. This method only really works for a fresh stain.

Hydrogen peroxide is also a great base in another cleaner that you can DIY. Combine a cup of it to 12 cups of water and 1/4 cup of lemon juice for a natural, effective solution for bloodstains.

Taking Care of Sweat and Body Fluids

Girl Washing Bamboo Sheets NaturallyIt’s not unusual to find patches of yellow on your bedding. These patches are often sweated and/or other body fluids. Answers to why you might be sweating in bed are the following: Emotional/sexual arousal, high environmental temperatures and digesting certain fatty, moist foods.

One way you can avoid getting sweaty sheets is by getting a Fluid/Stain/Odor – Resistant Bamboo Mattress topper. You can also apply the steps below on bamboo underwear or bamboo panties, which commonly come in contact with body fluids.

Can you whiten the sheets?

After a while, your sheets can become a little dingy, especially if they’re white. This is the case for all sheets, not just bamboo ones. Don’t worry, though, and you can whiten them without having to use a single drop of bleach.

Citrus juice is great for whitening clothes. All you have to do is add a little bit of lemon juice to your wash cycle. White vinegar is another natural whitener that you can add to the wash cycle.

You can also create a detergent out of baking soda. Just mix up four litres of water with one cup of baking soda and let your sheets soak in it until they start looking a little less dingy.

What are the tips to remove sweat stains on your bamboo sheets?

To start with, sweat isn’t yellow. However, it may turn yellow if it reacts with bacteria. These yellow stains are more apparent on pillows and can stain your bamboo pillowcase. One simple solution to this is washing your bedding frequently so that bacteria can’t build up, thus rendering the sweat invisible.

To remove the stain, rub a detergent, like Oxyclean, into it until the detergent is fully absorbed. Next – wash it how you would normally, and the stain should be gone. If not, try repeating the process.

Will bamboo sheets pill?

Our sheets will not pill if they are cared for properly. Pilling is caused by too much heat and abrasion from friction and harsh chemicals. Using harsh detergents, placing them in the washer with a rougher fabric, and excessive tossing and turning on the bed will cause your sheets to pill. If you regularly toss and turn, we recommend using a mattress protector to give some cushioning between the sheets and the mattress to reduce the friction.

What special care can you give to your bamboo sheets?

Silk is strong but needs special laundering to keep its fibres intact. Hand-washing is the preferred method of laundering, at least for the first several items of washing. Don’t wring silk sheets. Instead, blot them with a towel. If washing in a machine, choose a delicate or hand-wash cycle in cool water, using Woolite detergent or any special soap recommended by the manufacturer. Hang the sheets on an outside line out of the direct sun, or dry on the lowest setting above air fluff on the dryer.

Because linen is a durable natural fibre, it can withstand higher washing temperatures than other sheets. In essence, up to 104 degrees F. The more frequently linen sheets are washed, the softer they will become. Use a mild detergent, but avoid bleaches or detergents containing bleach. Linen will dry more quickly than other fabrics so that the sheets won’t need a hot or long dryer setting. Linen can be ironed at the hot linen setting on your iron.

Bamboo is a natural fibre that benefits from using mild laundry soap or one specially designed for natural products. Bleach or harsh cleaners will damage bamboo sheets. Use a gentle wash cycle, and be prepared for fading as a result of the first few items of washing (which is why you should wash them separately). While air-drying is preferred, sheets can be put in a dryer on a low or air-dry setting.

How to iron my bamboo sheets?

Bamboo is a durable material, but if you hit it with excessive heat, you could end up scorching the fibres. If you want to iron your shirts or other items, always use the lowest heat settings to avoid damaging the fabric. Use very light steam if you must, but it would be better to avoid steam all together.

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What are the things to avoid?

In order to ensure the longevity of your bamboo products, there are some things you should avoid.

  • Bleach – The chemicals in bleach can damage bamboo fibres and ruin your stuff. Consider using other options like baking soda.
  • Certain chemical agents – Chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and other similar chemicals can fade your clothes and should be avoided. Chlorine bleaches especially can cause yellowing and weaken the material.
  • Fabric softeners – These are not needed (the fabric is already plenty soft) and not recommended as they could break down the composition of the fabric.
  • Dryer sheets – These are not recommended.

How to store bamboo sheets when not in use?

After you wash your sheets there comes the time for you to store them. Most people either put them back on their bed or store them away for safekeeping. Storing them usually happens if you have more than one set of sheets and you regularly rotate them.

Two things that you want to avoid are plastic bags and cardboard. Plastic will yellow the sheets because it allows moisture to get in and cardboard lets harmful acids get to them. Where ever you do decide to store the sheets, make sure it’s dry and out of direct sunlight.

As a gift to you, all of our bamboo bedding comes with a reusable bag that is made from recycled bamboo fabric. After folding your bamboo sheets, they can be stored back in the breathable bamboo bag. Avoid storing them in plastic containers, these trap moisture and result in mildew and yellowing. Also, avoid cardboard, these can transfer acids to the fabric. Store all your linen in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.

Bamboo fabric is easy to care for, and you don’t have to change your routine to keep everything nice and clean. It just takes a little extra care to add to the longevity of your shirts, sheets, and the rest of your bamboo collection.

When it comes to sheets, bamboo is the best. It’s a soft material that won’t peel easily if you take proper care of it. Use these care tips for bamboo bedding to keep yours around for as long as possible.

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