What Are Bamboo Sheets Actually Made Of?
There are essentially four different types of bamboo sheets. The most common one you are likely to find is 100% bamboo rayon. There are many who are put off by the fact that rayon is used to create these sheets but more often than not they are misplacing their worry.
Bamboo sheets that are made out of rayon typically do not have any chemical residue left on them. Instead they have an adverse effect on the environment. You simply need to be sure that you are buying such sheets from manufacturers that have strict effluent treatment protocols.
100% Bamboo Lyocell
If you are looking for a material that is incredibly sustainable and completely modern then bamboo lyocell bedding is the way to go. In this process raw bamboo is taken and then dissolved using non-toxic solvents that produce a non-hazardous effluent. This means that you can get Bamboo Lyocell sheets without worrying too much about any adverse effects on the environment.
For many bamboo/cotton blends are considered a compromise. They are composed of 60% bamboo rayon and 40% cotton. Some variations may have a 70/30 ratio instead. This means that the fabric is much stronger than you would find if you were to simply buy traditional bamboo sheets. However, there is a trade-off where the comfort of the bedding is concerned. It also means that the sustainability of the bedding is compromised.
Bamboo linen is possibly the least appealing material of the four if you are concerned with using it for bedding. It is not particularly comfortable and it wrinkles easily, so perhaps it is best relegated to purely decorative status.
How to Buy Quality Bamboo Sheets
Buying bamboo sheets may seem like a relatively straightforward process. After all, you simply need to pick sheets that are comfortable and meet your price range, right? Wrong. There are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration before you pick them up.
The first thing that you need to understand is that different kinds of bamboo sheets have shrinkage problems after they have been washed. This is something you will encounter with standard sheets, but it is especially problematic for bamboo sheets. You want to make sure that the sheets you buy are pre-shrunk to ensure no surprise shrinkage.
You also need to be aware of what type of bamboo sheets you are buying. The sheet set should be clearly labeled with what blend or type it is. This way you know exactly what to expect from the set that you buy.
Above all you simply need to do your research into which brands offer the best quality. You do not have to spend a fortune on bamboo sheets, but you do need to be aware of whether or not the brand you are purchasing from is reliable and makes a good product.
Are Bamboo Sheets Worth the Money?
One thing that is on the mind of anybody who invests in bamboo sheets is whether or not they are worth the money spent. The truth is that there is no right answer in this regard. It strictly depends on how much money you are willing to spend and how long you hope to get out of the sheets.
The fact will always remain that bamboo sheets are largely composed of synthetic material. Synthetic materials fall apart faster than organic materials. This means that you must have confidence that the set you buy is going to last, unless you are comfortable with it falling apart in less than a decade. For some this makes financial sense and is a good short term investment.
However, if you feel that it is most important that you get bang for buck. If you want sheets that will last you a considerable amount of time while bearing no compromise in terms of quality or comfort then you need a couple of high quality sets of Egyptian cotton sheets. These are a significant financial investment but Egyptian cotton will last a very long time for your money, especially if cared for properly.
Remember, there is nothing wrong with bamboo sheets, it simply means that they are of lesser quality than that of Egyptian cotton sheets. If you are looking for a good short term investment then they are a great way to save money while staying relatively comfortable.
Are Bamboo Sheets Breathable?
It needs to be said that most synthetic material does not breathe very well. However, in the case of bamboo sheets it can be said that they breathe quite well. This is especially true for bamboo sheets that are blended with cotton. This creates a blend that breathes better than a synthetic material would be able to on its own.
However, there is some debate as to whether or not the sheets that are made with synthetic blends are better at keeping you cool than organic sheets. Some argue that synthetic blend sheets can be made to be more breathable. Others believe that the best option is to go organic because it does not trap heat the same way that the synthetic blends would.
Do Bamboo Sheets Pill?
One of the advantages of bamboo sheets is that, because of their synthetic nature, they are less likely to pill for the first couple of years you have them. This is because their long fibers are interwoven through the entire length of the sheet. There are some who think that this means that the bamboo sheets will last longer than traditional cotton sheets, but because synthetic material tends to break down faster (as far as bedding is concerned) it stands to reason that this is not a default truth.
How To Wash Bamboo Sheets
With bamboo sheets you want to separate them from the rest of your laundry so that you can prevent color bleeding. You also want to use a gentle detergent. Most of the time hand washing your sheets is the best way to go, though it is understandable if you feel you do not have the patience for this method. Machine washing them is doable so long as your washing machine has a gentle or light setting. It does need to be said that you should use cool water, unless the sheets are considerably dirty. That is the one exception for using warm water.
How to Get Stains Out of Bamboo Sheets
If you want to get stains out of your bamboo sheets then you need to avoid bleach which will ultimately damage the sheets. Instead use ½ cup of baking soda in each wash cycle and ½ cup of white vinegar. Just be sure to add them during different cycles or you will have a mess on your hands. This works for most stains, whether your are trying to get oil out of your bamboo sheets or if you are getting blood out of bamboo sheets.