Bamboo sheets are machine washable and can be tumble dried. Although all bedding products come with an instruction label, here are more details about the practices that we recommend to retain the charm and properties of your bamboo sheets.
How often should you wash your bamboo sheets?
If you use your bed linen on a daily basis, we recommend washing it once a week, especially during the summer or if you live in a hot and humid climate. In winter, you can stretch that and wash your bamboo sheets every two weeks.
The frequency may seem excessive, but it helps your bedding stay fresh and hygienic. Even with few days of uses, there can already be a significant accumulation of sweat, dead skin, body oils and makeup stains, to name a few.
Properly cleaned and fresh bedding is also conducive to a good quality sleep.
Tips for Washing your Bamboo Sheets
- Wash your bamboo bedding in cold or lukewarm water. The maximum water temperature should not exceed 30 degrees.
- Wash your bamboo sheets separately from other colours.
- It's also a good practice to wash bamboo bedding separately from fabrics with rough surfaces, such as blankets or towels. This is to reduce friction, a common culprit to the pilling issues.
- A gentle cycle or delicate care is recommended.
- It is very important to keep bamboo bedding away from items with hooks, zippers and sharp decorative objects, as they can damage the fabrics and rip the sheets.
- Bleaches should be avoided for the Bamboo sheets. Not only because the chemical components in them can damage the fabrics, but their toxicity can also be harmful to you.
- To remove stubborn stains, baking soda and oxygenated detergents are recommended.
- It's not necessary to use fabric softener for bamboo sheets as they are already very soft.
- Tumble dry bamboo bedding on a low heat setting. Take the warm sheets out of dryer as soon as the cycle stops to avoid excessive wrinkling.
- Air dry is another safe and more sustainable way to dry the bamboo bedding.
How to get rid of stubborn stains without using bleach?
As chemical-based bleach can be damaging to bamboo sheets, here are some more natural alternatives for removing the stains.
Use Baking Soda
Soak your sheet in the mixture of water and baking soda for a few minutes. Then wash the sheet with plain water to get rid of stains.
Hydrogen Peroxide [for on-Spot Stain Removal]
Hydrogen peroxide has proven to be particularly useful for bloodstains. We recommend soaking the spots with bloodstains with the fluid, and rinse with cold water before transferring the bedding to the washer.
Simply running the sheet underwater can remove the stains if they are not stubborn. Make sure to rinse it and then blot the sheet. Now, dab it underwater. Do it multiple times to remove the stain.
Common Causes of Pilling in Bamboo Sheets?
One of the most unwanted things to see in bedding is pilling issues. Just when you start relishing them, they get piled up. Pilling happens when small fabrics appear on the sheet surface.
Usually, the main reason behind sheet pilling is because they are rubbed closely. As a result, the fiber may break due to friction. Pilling can also occur due to exceedingly high temperature and inappropriate laundering. That's why it's recommended to be careful with water and dryer temperature as well as the use of chemical bleach when handling bamboo sheets.
Final Tip: How to Store your Bamboo Sheets
Your bamboo sheets can go into your cupboard or the bed. Avoid storing in plastic because it is prone to trapping moisture, resulting in yellowness in sheets.
We recommend storing your bamboo sheets in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Sunlight can make the sheets stiff that cannot be fixed with cold water.