How To Care For Your Bamboo Sheets

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Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and luxurious – they’ll make you want to stay in bed all day. To ensure many nights of blissful sleep in your sheets, always follow the care instructions as closely as possible.

Even though they are silky and soft, bamboo fabric is durable. You can machine wash and dry the fabric but is best to avoid certain cleaning products.

Here are our suggestions for the best way to keep your bamboo sheets in good shape.

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Cleaning

Less is more when it comes to cleaning products and your bamboo sheets. When washing your bamboo bed sheets and other bedding products try to use a mild detergent and run the wash on the delicate/gentle cycle.

Avoid using super hot water; most care instructions will suggest a cold or warm wash.

For stained fabric, you can use a chlorine-free stain remover but avoid products like bleach or other harsh stain removers.

If you’re looking for DIY option – try cleaners with a baking soda base and avoid using vinegar which can damage the bamboo fiber.

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Drying

Many companies that produce bamboo products will tell you the best case scenario for drying your bamboo clothing, sheets, and other products is to hang dry them outside in good weather (if only we could all live in Hawaii, right?).

Since air drying outside is not an option for many of us year-long, you can also throw your sheets in the dryer.

Keep in mind that most care instructions will tell you to dry on a delicate cycle on a low tumble dry and remove the sheets as quickly as you can to avoid letting wrinkles set in.

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Wrinkles

While bamboo fibers are durable they are soft and very lightweight, leaving it easy to wrinkle if the sheets are left in the dryer.

The sooner you remove them – especially when they are still a little warm – the fewer wrinkles you’ll have to deal with.

The wrinkles in bamboo sheets are not the quite as deep creases in cotton sheets. They fall out easier but may still require some light ironing.

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Use your iron on the lowest setting possible. Avoid using steam unless you’ve got a really bad wrinkle – then go for it!

Things to Avoid

Keep the cleaning and drying of your bamboo sheets as simple as possible. Avoid using the following products as they may potentially damage the bamboo fibers in your sheets.

  • Bleach
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Chemicals like chlorine and hydrogen peroxide

Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news. She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Blog Comments

I always wonder about how to take care of my bamboo sheets, not using hot water and detergent?Your share is great, thanks

Hi Laura, I would always recommend following the care instructions on your particular set of sheets. In most cases, it’s OK to clean your bamboo sheets in a cooler water setting. If you have an agitator and your sheets aren’t super soiled, you can probably get away with just using water on your sheets but you may want to consider a little bit of detergent every now and then.

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