Materials like cotton and silk have been around for thousands of years and we all know them pretty well. But when something like TENCEL™ comes along, it can leave a lot of people confused. As a much newer fabric, you might not have owned it before and so won’t know a lot about TENCEL™ fabric care. Our guide below will walk you through how to wash TENCEL™ bedding.
What is Tencel?
TENCEL™ is a brand name for a type of cellulose fiber. Specifically, TENCEL™ is “regenerated cellulose” fibers made from wood pulp dissolved in a chemical solvent, then turned into fibers. The wood pulp is often harvested from sustainably maintained eucalyptus trees.
TENCEL™ fibers can be combined with cotton, polyester, acrylic, wool, and silk fibers to create garments and sheets.
Made from a type of lyocell, it's becoming more and more popular among ethical brands and consumers alike; we're likely to be seeing much more of it, which is why it's a good idea to get clued up on all things TENCEL™ fabric care.
Washing and Drying
Check your TENCEL™ sheets for label on how to wash and care for the fabric. Normally, washing the Lyocell in warm to cold water is safe. Use a gentle cycle and use mild and if possible biodegradable detergent to avoid damaging or wearing away fabric. Avoid causing distress to TENCEL™ by not adding any hard fabric or any other material with zippers or latch that can cause pilling.
Avoid bleach as it will damage Lyocell. Softeners are not required as the nature of TENCEL™ is soft. You can dry the fabric on a clothesline out of direct sunlight or you can tumble dry on medium heat. However, if you are using a clothes dryer, use a low heat setting to prevent damage from high temperatures. TENCEL™ can be softened in the dryer when you add a soft towel on low temperature.
You can also give TENCEL™ sheets a crisp look by ironing them at a low-temperature. However, we recommend double-checking the care label before you iron them. Some brands ask owners not to iron their sheets because the heat can damage the fibers. You should also make sure the iron’s steam is turned off because the steam can leave spots that won’t come off until the sheets are rewashed.
How do I remove stains?
We recommend cleaning stains as quickly as possible after they appear, although we understand etiquette might sometimes prevent this. Try to not strenuously scrub the stain away, but rather to gently soak, wash or blot it out, this process can be repeated until optimum results are obtained. It is easier to remove stains from natural as opposed to synthetic fabrics because the natural fibers are living and more accepting of attention. Once a stain is truly set, however, it is often difficult to remove.
How to Store TENCEL™Sheets
Sheets should be stored in a cool, dark place away from any sunlight that can fade their color. The storage area should also be dry and airy to keep stored sheets from smelling musty.
You may also want to store the sheets inside a breathable cotton bag if you live in an area prone to bugs and other pests. Plastic storage bags can encourage yellowing and trap any lingering moisture.
However, never store TENCEL™ bedding products together with mothballs because this could cause stains that may become permanent over time.