cold to warm water
low heat or air dry
do not use chlorine bleach
low iron settings
pretreat any stains
enzyme-based stain removers or a small amount of a heavy-duty detergent are safe to use on stains on bamboo fabrics. work a small amount into the stained area and let it work for at least 15 minutes before washing.
avoid chlorine bleach
bamboo fabrics can be weakened by chlorine bleach. to remove heavy stains or if the fabric needs to be whitened or brightened, use an oxygen-based bleach soak. if bamboo sheets and towels need to be disinfected, choose a pine oil or phenolic disinfectant.
use regular detergent
bamboo can be washed with your regular laundry detergent. if the garment is heavily soiled, opt for a heavy-duty detergent that contains enough enzymes to break apart the soil.
choose gentle washer cycle and cold water
the gentle cycle is best for bamboo clothes to help the fabric maintain its suppleness and the normal cycle can be used for bamboo linens.
use cold water for lightly soiled bamboo clothing. for heavy soil and for bamboo sheets and towels, select a warm water temperature in your washer and allow the clothing to pre-soak for at least 15 minutes in the warm water and detergent solution before washing to remove excess soil. never use hot water for regular washing, because it can cause the fabric to shrink.
load the washer
to prevent pilling, always close all buttons and zippers and turn garment insides out before loading the washer.
air dry or low heat cycle of the dryer
clothes and linens made from woven bamboo fabrics should be air dried flat, on an indoor folding rack or hung from an outdoor clothesline for best results. knitted bamboo sweaters and accessories should be dried flat to prevent stretching. if quicker drying is needed, use the low heat cycle of the dryer and remove the fabric while still slightly damp. high temperatures in a dryer can shrink bamboo sheets and clothing.
use a cool iron
keep the iron temperatures low, as well. if ironing is necessary, use a dry iron (no steam) at a low setting. extremely high temperatures when ironing can scorch bamboo fibers. the scorching or yellowing occurs as the fibers begin to burn. while some discoloration can be removed, burned fibers cannot be revived.