When the weather gets chilly and I need to go run some errands or hang out in the open, sweaters are my favorite piece of clothing to wear. They keep me warm and cozy, there are styles and colours for most of my outfit combinations and I can easily take off my sweater whenever I feel hot. What’s more to ask from a piece of clothing? We all have different preferences regarding style and material depending on our specific needs and my personal favorite is definitely bamboo.
Why bamboo? Because of a lot of awesome reasons. My bamboo sweater is the one piece of clothing that I can wear both during the winter time and in summer thanks to its thermoregulating properties. I have worn it on chilly nights and I have worn it during the hot days – nothing changed in how I felt. I did not felt too warm or too cold, it did not make me sweat nor create a bad odour. It was a comfort that my body hasn’t felt before.
When I wore my new sweater for the first time, I felt as if I was on Cloud Nine and an angel caressed my arm. No kidding, the bamboo sweater I bought was extremely soft. It was even softer than cotton. I can simply say that this material can stand in the same line with some of the most luxurious fabrics like Egyptian cotton and silk with one significant difference – it costs much less. Although it is softer than cotton, bamboo is stronger than cotton. My comfy bamboo sweater was able to outlast it as it kept its strength and shape for much longer when compared to any cotton cardigan I own.
Plus, bamboo is extremely easy to care for. Unless it is heavily soiled, the clothing needs only cold water and a good detergent. Bamboo pieces should be washed on a gentle washing cycle so they can maintain their suppleness. In order to prevent pilling, make sure you always close zippers and buttons and turn the garment inside out before washing. When it comes to bamboo sweaters and other knitted pieces, they need to be only hand washed so you can prevent them from stretching.
For heavily soiled bamboo, towels and bed sheets, choose a warm water temperature but make sure you leave the clothing to presoak for about 15 minutes in the water and detergent solution. Bamboo clothes should be air dried while the sweaters and other knitted accessories should be dried flat to avoid stretching. If some of your bamboo pieces need ironing, then make sure you keep the iron cool. Extremely high temperatures can scorch the fibres and burned fibres cannot be revived.