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Bamboo Care

Care Instructions and Tips:

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

  • Make sure to zipper your duvet, euro sham or travel pillowcase closed prior to laundering them, this will maintain the integrity of the zipper.
  • BEFORE using your new BedVoyage sheets, wash them in warm water and tumble dry in medium or low heat. We have over-sized our sheets to allow for the one-time shrinkage in that first washing, so you will need them to shrink-to-fit. Don’t worry about continued shrinkage: as with cotton, the weaving process stretches and twists the rayon fibers and the first washing causes the fibers to relax and thus shrink back to their normal length.  Our linens are made from a tight twill weave, making for a beautiful sheen, but also keeping them from pilling!
  • As with all bed linens, wash your BedVoyage sheets separately from other laundry items, especially towels. Towels produce a lot of lint, which can stick to your sheets and also create a lot of friction in the laundry, which can cause pilling. Washing your sheets separately will prevent them from pilling and will increase the life of your sheets. Removing the sheets from the washer as soon as the cycle is over also will help reduce the wrinkling in your sheets. We recommend giving your pillowcase a hard shake to smooth out the hem, before putting in the dryer. We do not coat our linens with formaldehyde, which is a wrinkle-resistant chemical, so it is natural that bamboo will have a bit of a wrinkle on the hems, or develop as you sleep on them. But each time you launder they will come out smooth again!
  • Wash your BedVoyage sheets in warm or cool water with regular agitation and dry on medium or low heat.
  • Use a mild laundry detergent, and avoid liquid chlorine bleach (LCB), fabric softener, dryer sheets, and washer or dryer balls. Harsh detergents can do damage to any kind of sheets, particularly high quality sheets. LCB will weaken the rayon fibers, also reducing the life of your sheets. Fabric softener and dryer sheets will leave a film on the fabric and reduce the moisture wicking properties. Dryer sheets can also cause discoloration, as well: washer and dryer balls, like washing with towels, can cause pilling.
  • If you use chlorine-free bleach, be careful to not pour it directly onto your sheets. You can fill the washer with water and pour the chlorine-free bleach into the reservoir before adding your sheets to the washing machine or you can pour the desired amount of chlorine-free bleach into a larger container and predilute it before pouring it in.
  • If you have a stubborn stain on your sheet, spray chlorine-free stain remover or a mixture of 1 tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 4 tablespoons of water directly on it and then launder as usual.
  • If you have an oil stain from natural body oils, or body lotions, prewash your sheets in the washing machine with ¼ cup Dawn dish washing liquid. Then launder as usual. Dawn is a natural degreaser and works wonders on the stains!
  • As with all bed linens, dry your sheets alone in the dryer and remove them as soon as they’re dry. Drying with other slow-drying items such as towels or jeans can not only cause pilling and wrinkling, but can also cause you to stress your sheets by over-drying them.
  • Tumble dry on low or medium heat and remove immediately. You may iron if desired.

 Additional Tips:

  • As with all bed linen, you should wash your sheets at least every two weeks. Washing your sheets every week, however, will keep them cleaner.
  • Do not overload your washing machine with sheets. Sheets need to circulate in your washing machine to get truly clean.
  • If you have a washing machine with an agitator in the middle, don’t wrap your sheets around the agitator because this could cause them to wrinkle. Instead, place each sheet in the washer separately without wrapping them around the agitator.
  • If you mix colors when washing, add a Shout Color Catcher to your laundry load to keep your colors true.
  • Rayon resists bacteria, so there is no need to worry that washing in cold or warm water won’t thoroughly clean your BedVoyage sheets.
  • When you take your BedVoyage linens out of the washer they will feel a bit stiff, almost like a light-weight canvas fabric, but that’s normal for rayon. Once they’re dry, they’re back to a puffy cloud of softness. Don’t be surprised if you have a little extra lint in the dryer the first couple of washes, as some short fibers may release, making them even softer.
  • If you like to hang dry your linens, and if they are a bit stiff when dried, you may toss them in the dryer for 5 minutes to soften them. 
  • BedVoyage sheets can get soft wrinkles when you sleep on them, because we have not coated our linens with the wrinkle-resistant chemical formaldehyde, as this has been linked to cancer and respiratory illnesses, including asthma.  Nor have we treated our sheets with flame retardant chemicals because many people are allergic to those toxins.
  • If you weren’t able to take the linens out of the drier immediately, fluff them for ten more minutes in the dryer and remove promptly.
  • If you love to iron, feel free to iron your BedVoyage sheets! You can use a high heat setting and steam.
  • 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 your new BedVoyage towels, wash them in cool to warm water without a fabric softener and tumble dry in medium heat without a dryer sheet. This will ensure that your BedVoyage towels are working at their maximum absorbency.
  • Wash your BedVoyage towels in warm or cool water without fabric softener using heavy agitation. Dry on medium or low heat without a dryer sheet. Both fabric softeners and dryer sheets can build up on towels which can then both weaken the towel fibers and decrease absorbency.
  • If you use chlorine-free bleach, be careful to not pour it directed onto your towels. You can fill the washer with water and pour the chlorine-free bleach into it before adding your towels to the washing machine or you can pour the desired amount of chlorine-free bleach into a larger container and pre-dilute it with water before pouring it into the washing machine.

Additional Tips:

  • As with all towels, give them a shake when removing them from the washer. This helps fluff the terry loops and will aid the absorbency of your towels.
  • Do not iron your towels. Ironing 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 it brings back the softness.

Blankets

  • Before using your new BedVoyage blanket, wash it in warm water on a short cycle with gentle agitation in a lingerie bag. We recommend the bag as our blankets are knitted and anything that has a catch or hook on it will snag the blanket.  Then either tumble dry with low heat or hang to dry.
  • As with all blankets, wash your BedVoyage blanket separately on a short machine cycle (between one and five minutes) with gentle agitation.
  • Use a gentle laundry detergent. If you’re using a powdered detergent, dissolve it in the water before adding your blanket.
  • Do not use liquid chlorine bleach (LCB) or washer balls. LCB will weaken the rayon fibers, reducing the life of your blanket. Washer balls & dryer balls, like washing with towels, can cause pilling or snagging on the blanket.
  • Do not launder blankets with items that have zippers, clasps, buttons, or hooks. Washing with these can cause your blanket to develop snags.
  • If you use a dryer, dry your blanket alone in the dryer or with other fine linens.
  • If you washed your blanket using a lingerie bag, remove it from the bag before drying, and do not use dryer balls when drying your blanket.
  • Tumble dry on medium or low heat and remove immediately or hang your blanket to dry.

Additional Tips:

  • When you take your BedVoyage blankets out of the washer they will feel a bit stiff, almost like a light-weight canvas fabric, but that’s normal for rayon. Once they’re dry, they’re soft and dreamy again.
  • Beware of using your BedVoyage blanket for your pets. Their nails can catch the weave and create snags.
  • Don’t be surprised if you have a little extra lint in the dryer the first couple times, as some short fibers may release, making them even softer.
    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.