How to Care for Your Bamboo Bedding

  • VERY IMPORTANT:   We've oversized the linens to allow for the first-time shrinkage that occurs, wash them FIRST to allow for the best fit. 

  • Zip or button the Duvet, Euro Sham or Lumbar Pillow Cover CLOSED prior to laundering to maintain the integrity of the zipper.

  • Wash the linens in cool to warm water with a gentle eco-friendly liquid detergent, and dry with medium heat. We recommend removing immediately to reduce wrinkling.  WEIRD fact: Bamboo comes out of the washer feeling stiff and canvas-like, this is normal so please don't worry that you've harmed your linens.  

  • For best results, wash the sheets separately from other items, especially towels. Towels produce a lot of lint which can stick to sheets and create friction which can cause pilling.  We've made our linens with a tight twill weave, which makes for a beautiful sheen but also guarantees against pilling.  

  • We recommend giving your pillowcases a hard shake to smooth out the hem before placing in the dryer. And removing the sheets from the dryer when done will help reduce wrinkling.  We don’t coat our linens with formaldehyde, which is  what the cotton industry does to make the linens wrinkle-resistant chemical, but we've chosen not to use a toxic chemical and feel that sleepers would prefer a little wrinkle where your body lies, vs sleeping on toxic chemicals.  Each time you launder, they'll come out smooth again, and again shrink to fit, as bamboo wants to 'grow' while its on your bed!

  • Avoid liquid chlorine bleach, fabric softener, dryer sheets, and washer or dryer balls. Harsh detergents can do damage to fine linens and particularly high-quality sheets. Bleach can weaken the rayon fibers, reducing the life of your sheets, and fabric softener and dryer sheets can leave a film on the fabric, reducing the moisture-wicking properties. Dryer sheets can cause discoloration, and washer and dryer balls, similar to washing with towels, can cause pilling.

  • For stubborn stains, spray chlorine-free stain remover or a mixture of 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of water directly on it, then launder as usual.

  • Stains from natural body oils or body lotions can be removed by pre-soaking your sheets in the washing machine with ¼ cup Dawn dish washing liquid. Or you can gently rub a few drops of Dawn and water into the stain, then launder as usual. Dawn is a natural de-greaser and works wonders on the stains! read more

  • Ironing does not harm bamboo bed sheets, duvets or coverlets. You may even use high heat and steam, it won’t harm them at all.

 Additional Tips

  • If you mix colors when washing, add a Shout Color Catcher to your laundry load to keep your colors true.

  • Don’t worry that using cool water won't get your linens clean, as rayon from bamboo naturally resists bacteria, so bacteria does not thrive on bamboo.  Occasionally if you want to launder in hot water to remove any potential build-up, or to force the linens to shrink a bit, this will not harm them. 

  • It’s normal that the linens feel a bit stiff out of the washer, almost like a light-weight canvas, but once dried; they’re back to a puffy cloud of softness!  Extra lint in the dryer the first couple of washes is normal, as some short fibers may release which makes them even softer.

  • When hang drying, you may toss the linens in the dryer for 5 minutes to soften any stiffness. 

  • If you couldn’t take the linens out of the drier immediately, fluff them for ten more minutes in the dryer on high heat and remove promptly, this will remove wrinkles.

  • Weirdest Tip! If you have dried blood on your linens, get the person who bled on the sheets to put their own saliva on the stain, let it sit for 10 minutes, then always rinse in cold water before laundering.  The specific acid in your own saliva will break down the blood, interesting, right!? 

  • Towels

  • Before using, wash in cool to warm water with a gentle liquid detergent, but no fabric softener.  Softeners and dryer sheets can build up on towels which can cause weakening of the fibers and decrease absorbency.   Tumble dry on medium.  The towels will actually get even more absorbent after 2-3 washings, as they lose some of the silky-ness. 

  • If you use chlorine-free bleach, do not pour it directly onto your towels. Instead, fill the washer with water and add the chlorine-free bleach to dilute it prior to laundering, or pre-soak the linens for half an hour before starting the machine.

Additional Tips

  • Give the towels a good shake when removing them from the washer, this fluffs the terry loops and will aid in the absorbency of your towels.  Do not iron your towels, as that decreases the absorbency of all towels.

  • If your towel develops a snag, simply snip it off with sharp scissors at the snag, and it will not continue to run or snag.

  • You may hang your towels to dry outside, and if they need to be softened up, just toss in the dryer for a few minutes on high and this brings back the softness.

 Blankets

  • Launder the blankets in warm water using a gentle liquid detergent, on a short cycle with gentle agitation. We recommend inserting the travel blanket in a lingerie bag, so that other items in the wash won’t snag the knitted weave. Then remove from the bag and either tumble dry on low to medium heat or hang dry.

  • The Bed blankets don’t need to be inserted into a lingerie bag, but are recommended to only be laundered with other fine washables, and nothing that may snag the knitted weave.   Do not use liquid chlorine bleach or washer balls. Bleach can weaken the rayon fibers, reducing the life of your blanket. Washer and dryer balls can cause pilling or snagging on the blanket.

Additional Tips

  • Beware of using your BedVoyage blanket for your pets, their nails can catch the weave and create snags.
  • If you see a snag in the blanket, you can gently pull on either side of the weave and work the snag out until the blanket is smooth again.

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