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FABRIC GUIDE:
All About Bamboo Clothing

As you may have noticed, we stock an extensive range of bamboo clothing at Blue Bungalow - we’re big fans of the fabric and, from the rave customer reviews that we’ve been getting, you are too!

From skirts and dresses to t-shirts and underwear, our bamboo basics are flattering, versatile and just right for our Australian climate.


What are the benefits of bamboo fabric and why is it used in clothing?

Antibacterial

The bamboo plant has natural antibacterial properties which is why it is often used in activewear and bedding as it naturally eliminates odours - unlike synthetic fabrics, body odour is a worry you won’t have in our bamboo styles. We’ve recently released a range of bamboo underwear and what they lack in sexiness is well made up for in ultimate comfort.

Temperature Controlled

Bamboo is thermoregulating, which means that it regulates your body temperature to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Hot flushes are no match for the magic of bamboo!

Moisture-Wicking

Bamboo has impressive moisture-wicking properties, especially compared to cotton, which means that it absorbs sweat and keeps you dry. We love using a bamboo top or legging as a base layer in colder climates as, if you do end up sweating, you won’t be left wet and shivering out in the cold!

Eco-Friendly

Bamboo is considered one of the most eco-friendly fibres on the planet; it actually is a type of grass that grows super fast, which means that it naturally replenishes itself without much human intervention or pesticides. We like to think of it as the feel-good fabric.

What are the benefits of bamboo fabric and why is it used in clothing?

Antibacterial

The bamboo plant has natural antibacterial properties which is why it is often used in activewear and bedding as it naturally eliminates odours - unlike synthetic fabrics, body odour is a worry you won’t have in our bamboo styles. We’ve recently released a range of bamboo underwear and what they lack in sexiness is well made up for in ultimate comfort.

Temperature Controlled

Bamboo is thermoregulating, which means that it regulates your body temperature to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Hot flushes are no match for the magic of bamboo!

Moisture-Wicking

Bamboo has impressive moisture-wicking properties, especially compared to cotton, which means that it absorbs sweat and keeps you dry. We love using a bamboo top or legging as a base layer in colder climates as, if you do end up sweating, you won’t be left wet and shivering out in the cold!

Eco-Friendly

Bamboo is considered one of the most eco-friendly fibres on the planet; it actually is a type of grass that grows super fast, which means that it naturally replenishes itself without much human intervention or pesticides. We like to think of it as the feel-good fabric.

Is Bamboo fabric soft?

Most people that try bamboo clothing for the first time are shocked at how soft it is! If you’re wondering what bamboo fabric feels like, picture the perfect mix between your favourite high-quality cotton tee and a luxurious silk dress - yup, dreamy.

Is Bamboo fabric stretchy?

There are a variety of bamboo fabric blends but the vast majority of the clothes that we stock have a good amount of stretch as they contain a small amount of elastane for maximum comfort! That’s also what gives our bamboo basics their soft, drapey feel and allows them to keep their shape.

Is Bamboo fabric sustainable?

Bamboo is considered environmentally-friendly as it is a very resilient and fast-growing crop that doesn’t require much water, pesticides or chemicals to grow, compared to say cotton.

Is Bamboo fabric good for sensitive skin?

Absolutely - bamboo fabric is antibacterial and hypoallergenic, making it less likely that you will get an adverse reaction if you have sensitive skin. And because it is so silky smooth on the skin, bamboo clothing is a great option for those of you that suffer from eczema or psoriasis.

Is Bamboo better than Cotton?

That is ultimately up to personal preference! We like the fact that bamboo is twice as absorbent as cotton, which makes it well-suited to our hot or humid weather. It is also antistatic, so if you hate fabrics that cling to your curves, you’ll love bamboo clothes.

Do Bamboo clothes shrink?

Like most natural fibres, heat can cause bamboo fabric to shrink so make sure that you care for your clothes accordingly by washing in cold water and drying in the shade to preserve their shape.

Does Bamboo fabric wrinkle?

Bamboo is pretty low maintenance and is generally crease-resistant. However, it can wrinkle if not folded or stored properly. But no need to fret about it, you can easily get rid of any creases with a steamer or simply by hanging your clothes up while you take a hot shower - any wrinkles should just drop out and that’s a great excuse for some self-care if we’ve ever heard one!

Bamboo Clothing Care Guide

While you should always refer to your garment’s individual care label, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in your back pocket.

How to wash bamboo clothing?
Like any other natural fibres, we recommend washing your bamboo clothes either by hand or by selecting a delicate, cold cycle, turning clothes inside out and using a gentle detergent before either hanging or laying flat to dry in the shade. And use a clothes hanger to dry rather than laundry pegs, which could leave marks.

If you have a washing bag, even better, just pop it in there before throwing it in the washing machine for an extra layer of protection.

Whatever you do, make sure that you steer clear of velcros, zippers or denim when washing your bamboo clothes, as they could cause damage or pilling if washed together.

Do you need to iron bamboo clothing?
Hanging or steaming your bamboo clothes should be enough to get minor creases out but, if your clothes are wrinkly after being packed away for a while, you can turn your garments inside out and iron them out on low heat, putting a clean tea towel between the iron and the fabric to avoid any discolouration.

How to get stains out of bamboo clothing?
We’re all a bit clumsy at times. If you’ve inadvertently stained your favourite bamboo dress, simply pre-treat the stain with a small amount of detergent or stain remover and let it soak for a few minutes before washing according to care instructions. Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to use bleach as this could permanently damage the fabric.

How to store bamboo clothes?
We recommend neatly folding your bamboo clothes to minimise wrinkles and prevent any stretching, which could happen from being left to hang for too long.

Bamboo Clothing Care Guide

While you should always refer to your garment’s individual care label, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in your back pocket.

How to wash bamboo clothing?
Like any other natural fibres, we recommend washing your bamboo clothes either by hand or by selecting a delicate, cold cycle, turning clothes inside out and using a gentle detergent before either hanging or laying flat to dry in the shade. And use a clothes hanger to dry rather than laundry pegs, which could leave marks.

If you have a washing bag, even better, just pop it in there before throwing it in the washing machine for an extra layer of protection.

Whatever you do, make sure that you steer clear of velcros, zippers or denim when washing your bamboo clothes, as they could cause damage or pilling if washed together.

Do you need to iron bamboo clothing?
Hanging or steaming your bamboo clothes should be enough to get minor creases out but, if your clothes are wrinkly after being packed away for a while, you can turn your garments inside out and iron them out on low heat, putting a clean tea towel between the iron and the fabric to avoid any discolouration.

How to get stains out of bamboo clothing?
We’re all a bit clumsy at times. If you’ve inadvertently stained your favourite bamboo dress, simply pre-treat the stain with a small amount of detergent or stain remover and let it soak for a few minutes before washing according to care instructions. Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to use bleach as this could permanently damage the fabric.

How to store bamboo clothes?
We recommend neatly folding your bamboo clothes to minimise wrinkles and prevent any stretching, which could happen from being left to hang for too long.

The Blue Bungalow Bamboo Hall of Fame

We’ll cut to the chase, these are the most loved bamboo styles in our range. If you’re just starting to build your key bamboo pieces, start here.

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