How to Care for your Bamboo Sheets
Caring for your bamboo sheets is very easy, and doesn’t require you to change your routine or buy a special detergent for them.
How to wash your bamboo sheets?
Bamboo sheets are machine washable at a maximum temperature of 30 degrees. It is best to use a gentle cycle and a mild detergent.
The sheets should be washed separately to avoid them coming into contact with sharp objects such as zippers.
How often should I wash my sheets?
Laundry Experts recommend that you wash your sheets every week or every fortnight. This is the same with bamboo sheets or cotton sheets.
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 it's shape. This makes them more prone to tearing when you wash them.
Which detergent should I use?
Although we recommend a mild detergent, it’s not absolutely necessary but it does help make you sheets last a little longer. A normal detergent without any added stain remover, fabric softener or optical brighter should be okay.
Can I bleach the sheets?
If you must bleach your sheets, we recommend an oxygen based bleach – you should avoid chlorine based bleach as this damages the bamboo fibres.
Can I use fabric softeners?
No, fabric softeners will damage the sheets. It’s not necessary to use fabric softeners as your sheets are already extra soft.
How do I remove 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.
Can I put my sheets in the dryer?
Although we recommend air drying your sheets, you can put them in the dryer on the lowest heat setting. You must take them out of the dryer immediately so they will not overheat in the dryer, as this will damage the bamboo fibers and cause your sheets to shrink.
Can I iron my sheets?
You can iron them on low heat but usually the wrinkles on the sheets will go away you sleep on your sheets.
How long will my sheets last and how often should they be replaced?
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 (eg. 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.
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.