While our wash labels can provide a great starting place, proper bedding maintenance requires additional steps. To increase the longevity of your favorite bamboo sheets, you must provide them with a little extra TLC.
(If you don’t already own Ettitude beddings, made of 100% organic bamboo, check out our recent collections here.)
In summer we recommend to wash your bed linen every 7-10 days. In winter you can wash them every two weeks.
Things to remember:
- First, always wash your bamboo bedding in cold water, at 30C max and on gentle cycle.
- It is important to wash them separately, because zippers, hooks, etc. can cause pilling and abrasion.
- Also, unless you like super linty sheets – avoid washing them with towels or blankets.
- Use a mild, liquid, biodegradable detergent. Or, if you prefer powder, make sure it has dissolved before adding your bamboo sheets to the wash.
- We do not recommend using bleach, as they are usually packed with toxic chemicals.
- Eco friendly laundry pre-soak and strain remover can help to brighten your bamboo bedding
- Fabric softener is not necessary with bamboo sheets – they are already soft and will stay that way after washing
If possible, Line dry your bamboo bedding to preserve fibres, colours and elasticity. If you have to use a dryer, choose a low heat and a low tumble cycle. As soon as the dryer finishes, avoid wrinkles by immediately taking them out.
A large benefit of bamboo sheets, comes from their ability to drape very well. Even if there are wrinkles from being washed or stored, they gradually go away in a few hours. By the time you hit bed at night, they are flat and fresh, ready to give you the good nights sleep you deserve. If you are after a crispier look immediately, you can iron them at a low temperature.
As a gift to you, all of our bamboo bedding comes with a reusable bag that is made from recycled bamboo fabric. After folding your bamboo sheets, they can be stored back in the breathable bamboo bag. Avoid storing them in plastic containers, these trap moisture and result in mildew and yellowing. Also avoid cardboard, these can transfer acids to the fabric. Store all your linen in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
Even the highest quality bedding will eventually reach the end of their lifecycle. After years of beauty sleeps, fraying hems and stains can mean it is time for an upgrade. We suggest replacing your bamboo pillow cases more often than sheets and duvet covers. This is due to the oils from your hair, skin and makeup that comes into direct contact with the fabric while you sleep. The recommended frequency to replace pillowcases is every 6 months, followed by sheets and duvet covers every 12-18 months.
It’s always nice to freshen up your bedroom with fresh, new bamboo sheets from time to time, but what do you do with the old ones? Bamboo fabric is 100% biodegradable, so it’s totally safe to send them to landfill. But as a sustainable brand, we encourage to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle wherever you can. If you aren’t sure how to repurpose your old bedding, read this article for tips.
Originally posted on Apr 6, 2016, Updated: September 24, 2019.