How to Care for Your Bamboo Bedding

Sheets, Duvets, Coverlets, Towels, Blankets, Shams and Pillowcases

  • IMPORTANT: BEFORE using the sheets or duvet, wash them FIRST to allow for the shrinkage that happens during the first washing. We have over-sized them to allow for that one-time shrinkage, so if you use them before washing you will think they are too big! 

  • Zip closed the duvet, euro sham or travel pillowcase prior to laundering to maintain the integrity of the zipper.

  • Wash the linens in cool to warm water with a gentle liquid detergent, and dry on low to medium, remove immediately. 

  • For best results, wash the sheets separate from other items, especially towels. Towels produce a lot of lint, which can stick to sheets and create friction which causes pilling.  Our linens are made from a tight twill weave, which makes a beautiful sheen, and also keeps  them from 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 a wrinkle-resistant chemical, so it’s natural that bamboo may have a little wrinkling on the hems, or develop soft wrinkles as you sleep on them.  But each time you launder, they come out smooth again!

  • Avoid liquid chlorine bleach (LCB), fabric softener, dryer sheets, and washer or dryer balls. Harsh detergents can do damage to fine linens and particularly high quality sheets. LCB can weaken the rayon fibers, reducing the life of your sheets. 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 prewashing 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 degreaser and works wonders on the stains! read more

  • If you like to iron your linens, you may do so by using 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, rayon from bamboo naturally resists bacteria, so washing in cold or warm water will thoroughly clean your BedVoyage sheets!

  • 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 well, 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 the 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 spit on the stain, and then always rinse in cold water before laundering.  The specific acid in your spit will break down the blood, interesting, huh?!

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.

  • 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, and it will not continue to 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 a lingerie bag, but are recommended to be only laundered with other fine washables, and nothing that may snag the knitted weave.   Do not use liquid chlorine bleach (LCB) or washer balls. LCB will weaken the rayon fibers, reducing the life of your blanket. Washer and dryer balls, like washing with towels, 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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