How to wash bamboo sheets? In modern times, bamboo bedding is gaining more and more popularity in terms of its allergen-free weave, resistance to dust mites and sheer comfort.
But with this higher degree of comfort and luxury comes a higher degree of required care.
If you have bamboo sheets and you're wondering how to properly care for them, we've got you covered. Here are seven tips on learning how to take care of your bamboo sheets through careful washing.
Bamboo Sheets are Tricky
Bamboo sheets are a little harder to wash than normal sheets. There isn't an exact science to removing any stains they might acquire in the process of being used.
Different stains from different sources can have a lot of different effects when it comes to removing them. Because of this tendency and their delicate nature, bamboo sheets are going to require a little extra care than most normal sheets.
So be prepared for a bit of research. It's not tricky, but it can be a little confusing to first-time sheet owners. However, these sheets are well worth the extra effort. It's honestly worth it to learn all this extra information on their proper care for all the benefits they bring to the table.
This particular bedding is very delicate in weave and texture, so learning how to wash bamboo sheets requires a very gentle touch and eye.
When you go to wash them, after stain removal, make sure to set the washing machine on cold water on the gentlest setting for the best, least damaging results.
The cold water also washes sheets more quickly than hot water will and once they come out, your sheets will be a little stiff, but this is entirely normal.
Using harsh chemicals and cleaning solutions on your sheets can cause the rayon fibers to break down. This will make the sheets grow loose and less tightly woven.
This makes them wear down far faster, preventing them from providing proper comfort and protection that they normally would if they were well cared for.
Don't Use Bleach to Whiten
Bleach is loaded with harsh and dangerous chemicals for fabrics. It's very risky to use it on bamboo sheets especially because it can positively destroy them. If you've got a bad stain on your bamboo fabric and you're desperately trying to whiten it away from sight, then here's what you should do it instead.
— Soak your sheets for one or two hours in a solution made from Oxyclean and warm water. Then, once they're finished soaking, add it to the washing machine and run it on the regular cycle like you normally would.
Your sheets will be nice and pearly white for as long as they soaked, or longer. The longer your sheets are allowed to soak within this solution, the whiter they'll be and the less noticeable the stains.
So, it might serve you well to soak them periodically to rid them of any major stains that you may or may not have to deal with.
You're going to sweat at night for any number of reasons, and it's more or less unavoidable, so just accept that. However, you don't have to accept the stains that come with the process.
In fact, you can remove them fairly easily. Before washing, rub the stains with a mild detergent until it's fully absorbed into the fabric. Then wash it in the machine on normal as usual.
The stain should now be gone, but if it isn't, just keep repeating the process until you can't see it anymore. Sweat is normally colorless; what turns it yellow is its gradual introduction to and reacting to various bacteria it may encounter. Taking proper care of the sheets makes these stains less noticeable.
Removing Blood Stains
This one is a bit harder than sweat since sweat isn't colored. Blood, however, very much is, especially if it's fresh and reacting to oxygen in the air, which is what turns it bright red.
Blood is one of the most annoying stains for a reason and in bamboo sheets, it can be particularly disheartening. When learning how to wash bamboo sheets, this will be one of the first things you'll want to do some research on so you have it handy in a worst-case scenario.
Firstly, flush the sheets in cold water to keep the stain from setting even further and making it harder to remove. Then, simply soak the sheets for about fifteen minutes in an enzyme cleaner. If the stain is older, then soak it for longer. If it's still being stubborn, a few drops of ammonia should do the trick.
Don't Use Softener
Most people when washing sheets are going to use fabric softener in the load to make their sheets silky and comforting to the touch. Normally, this is a good idea, especially with certain types of sheets that may gain a rougher edge to them once run through the wash with detergent.
However, bamboo sheets are a bit different, in that their weave and material is so naturally soft that softener isn't even necessary. Just wash your bamboo sheets as normal with detergent and let them soften themselves.
Storing Clean Bamboo Sheets
You'll want to make sure that your sheets are stored properly. If you aren't going to put them back on your bed straight away, then how do you store them safely?
Avoid storing them in plastic bags or containers, since these trap moisture and can lead to yellowing. Same with cardboard, which can release irreparable acids into your sheets over time.
For best storage results, fold and store away in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, preferably in a cabinet or something. This should work perfectly fine for them and keep them safe from general dangers.
Learning how to wash bamboo sheets doesn't need to be as complex as the sheets themselves. With a little extra care and attention, you can keep these wonderful sheets soft and cozy for years to come.