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Why Do Bamboo Sheets Get Softer Over Time?

Bamboo bed sheets are incredibly soft from the moment you open the package. Yet, what really sets them apart from other sheets is that bamboo becomes softer over time. Can you imagine that– your sheets actually getting softer the longer you have them? So, how does bamboo accomplish this amazing feat?

To answer that question, we actually need to start by looking at how sheets are made. In particular, you need to understand how the manufacturing process for bamboo is different from conventional methods. Once you learn about the bamboo manufacturing process, it’ll be easier to understand what happens to bamboo sheets over time and why they become softer.

bamboo sheet set

The Manufacturing Process

All sheets are made by weaving threads together. However, in traditional bedding, the threads are often shorter than the entire length of the sheet. This means that the manufacturer needs to overlap the ends of each thread to create the illusion of one long strand stretching across the entire length of the fabric. Consequently, the thread ends are left loose throughout the sheet.

In contrast, premium bamboo bedding only uses long-strand fibers. By only using long-strand bamboo, manufacturers can implement a special technique to weave the bamboo threads together. In this technique, long-strand bamboo threads are stretched across the entire length of the sheet. In other words, each thread end is anchored along the borders of the sheet.

Essentially, traditional bedding leaves loose thread ends scattered throughout the sheet while bamboo securely anchors its thread ends along the edges of the sheet. This distinction is important because it influences how each fabric endures the test of time.

The Test of Time

Over time, all sheets undergo friction. This friction causes the threads to loosen up, making the sheet feel softer initially. Yet, as more time goes on, traditional sheets and bamboo fiber sheets behave very differently because of how they are woven together.

Traditional Bed Sheets

When the threads in conventional sheets become loose, these sheets feel a little bit softer than when you first bought them. Unfortunately, this soft texture quickly deteriorates.
Since there are loose thread ends in these sheets, these thread ends start to work themselves out of the fabric. These rough fibers rub up against your skin every time you slide into bed, making your sheets feel like sandpaper.

As more time goes on, these thread ends work themselves out of the sheet even more. Pills and tears start to appear, making the sheet coarse and uneven. Eventually, some of the threads work themselves out entirely, thinning the fabric. As your sheets thin, you lose that nice plush feel that you loved so much when you first bought your bedding.

Bamboo Bed Sheets

Bamboo sheets, on the other hand, endure the test of time much better than traditional bedding. Since they don’t have any thread ends scattered throughout the sheet, bamboo bedding avoids all of the problems mentioned above.

For example, no thread ends means that bamboo fiber sheets never develop the rough texture of conventional bedding. Even though the fibers of bamboo do loosen over time, their thread ends are securely anchored along the borders. This means that there aren’t any rough thread ends to irritate your skin.

Additionally, bamboo bed sheets never pill or tear. If the thread ends are securely anchored, the sheet won’t ever pull apart and start pilling. This extra durability means that these sheets are able to preserve their soft, smooth texture for years.

Furthermore, bamboo bedding just keeps getting softer and softer as more time passes. Since the thread ends are securely fastened, bamboo sheets never lose any threads. As a result, they retain their fullness and their threads become softer and softer the longer you use your bamboo fiber sheets.

If you want to discover how long bamboo sheets last, read When to Replace Your Bedding.
In conclusion, bamboo bedding gets softer over time because it doesn’t have any loose thread ends. No rough thread ends mean that bamboo fibers can relax and loosen up over time without destroying the integrity of the fabric. Instead, bamboo sheets retain their smooth, full texture and they become softer as the years tick by.