Bamboo Sheets - Easy Care
If you take care of your bamboo sheets, they will last for years, providing remarkable comfort without an undue investment of "sweat equity". The following was prepared with the help of an article from E-How, which featured luxurybamboobedding.com as a supplier of bamboo bedding.
Characteristics and Care of Bamboo Sheets:
Proper care of bamboo sheets will ensure that you will enjoy their many luxurious qualities over the long term. Bamboo sheets are the most comfortable bedding to sleep on. They soften with repeated washing and are more comfortable than the finest silk (without the care issues of all silks including "washable" 18+ momme silk). An added feature of bamboo sheets is that they wick away moisture and are well ventilated, giving bamboo bedding a feeling of being cool during hot months and warm and dry (under an insulating layer) during winter months. Bamboo can be sustainably grown and harvested without pesticides. Some manufacturers claim that bamboo bedding is antimicrobial and odor resistant. Bamboo fiber in its original form is antibacterial. Note that the process of extracting bamboo cellulose from bamboo plant tissue to make bamboo rayon fiber (bamboo rayon fiber is used to weave all bamboo fabrics for bamboo sheets and bamboo apparel) eliminates the natural anti-microbial qualities of the original plant tissue.
No Bleach or Vinegar: Bleach and acids like vinegar (acetic acid) will damage your bamboo sheets. Avoid detergents with brighteners like Oxy-clean (or Boost) which are hydrogen peroxide based. For brightening and freshness, add one quarter of a cup of baking soda (e.g. Arm and Hammer) to the wash cycle.
Washing: Wash your bamboo sheets before you use them. Wash in cool water with a mild detergent using a gentle cycle. Eco-friendly detergents like Ecos will be gentle to your sheets and ensure that your bamboo sheets will remain soft and silky and last a long time. Hand washing is not required, but it will place less stress on the fibers. Wash bamboo sheets separately or with similar colors. The color from dark color bamboo sheets may run more easily, and could possibly stain lighter fabrics in the same wash.
Soap: Use soap made for natural fibers for your bamboo sheets, one of neutral pH, or one created for delicate fabrics. Be aware that some popular soaps may contain harsh chemicals (like bleach) which may make them inappropriate for use with bamboo.
Drying: If possible, allow the bamboo sheets to air-dry by hanging them on a line. You can use a dryer. Choose the mildest settings: low heat, cool or air dry. Take care not to leave your bamboo sheets in the machine for longer than necessary to dry them. Remove the bamboo sheets as soon as the drying cycle ends to prevent wrinkles from setting in. Iron on a low-heat setting only. Avoid using too much steam because bamboo fibers are very absorbent and it is prudent to avoid storing your bamboo bedding when damp.
President Luxury Bamboo Bedding.com