A quick run down of bamboo sheets compared to silk sheets. Bamboo grows quickly (sometimes up to 2 feet a day). Bamboo is an eco-friendly crop (environmentally friendly from a readily renewable source). Bamboo produces more oxygen than most other trees. Bamboo fabric is generally considered noticeably softer than silk and is often compared to cashmere in terms of softness. So much so, that even making the bed is a sensory pleasure. Yes, even first thing early in the morning. If you need motivation to want to make your bed of a morning, invest in bamboo sheets.
For those of us who overheat more easily, silk is not a good option. Silk traps heat and gets too hot to sleep in for some, especially in summertime when you want to cool off in a smooth cooling fabric when you go to bed after a long hot day. Bamboo is a breathable fabric and a lot more comfortable, temperature-wise than silk. In other words, bamboo helps you regulate your temperature while you sleep. Bamboo is machine washable whereas silk is not. It needs to be hand washed and air dried or dry cleaned to maintain its quality. Bamboo gets softer the more you wash it. It is resistant to pilling.
Bamboo bed sheets absorb perspiration (up to 3 or 4 times more absorbent than cotton) making them more comfortable to sleep in. Bamboo has antibacterial and antifungal properties with odour resistant fibres. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, resistant to mould and mildew along with bamboo. Silk sheets are much more expensive than bamboo and rough areas of skin and fingernails easily damage silk material. Coloured 100% silk fades easily in the sunlight which is a major downside considering the cost. Some people find silk to be too slippery in feeling to sleep on, where bamboo sheets feel like silk, but aren’t slippery. Bamboo does experience a certain amount of shrinkage, however at Bamboo Sheets Australia, we ensure to purchase our sheets slightly oversized to compensate for this. Bamboo textile manufactured in China is not always certified, so please look out for this to guarantee quality. We ensure that our suppliers provide full certification of the quality of the bamboo fabric they use to tailor our sheets out of.