How to remove stains from your TENCEL™ bedding

Stains in your bedding are super annoying – we get that. But a small accident can simply happen, right? Perhaps you’ve got blood stains or stains from your body lotion on your lyocell pillowcase. Or maybe you accidentally spilled a glass of wine in bed and now you have a wine stain on your TENCEL™ Lyocell duvet cover. Whatever the situation, we have a solution. How to remove stains from your TENCEL™ bedding?

General stains
Do you have a stubborn stain in your TENCEL™ pillowcase? Then try this: use a small amount of chlorine-free stain remover and let it sit for a while. Then wash the bedding as usual. You can also try the following. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of water. Apply the mixture to the sheet, let it soak for a while. Then wash as usual. Yet another alternative is to mix baking soda with warm water. Test this on the sheets to see if it changes the color. If it is fine, rub the mixture onto the stain. Let it dry and wash as usual.

Blood stains
Blood stains on TENCEL™ bedding occur quite often. Read on to learn how to remove blood stains on lyocell effectively.

Before starting any cleaning process, you need to blot away any excess liquid from the stain. Use a clean, dry paper towel or cloth to blot the stain, starting from the outside and working your way in. This will help lift away some of the blood without pushing it further into the fabric.

Once you have dabbed away as much of the liquid as possible, you will want to soak the fabric. Start by filling a bucket or sink with lukewarm water. You can add a small amount of laundry detergent if desired. Then, submerge the stained area of the fabric into the water and let it soak for 30 minutes.

After having soaked for 30 minutes, take it out of the water and place it on an absorbent towel. Gently rub the stained area of the fabric with a soft and clean cloth. Keep rubbing until the stain begins to fade away.

Greasy stains
If you have a greasy stain from body lotion or facial cream, you can try treating the stain with dish washing soap. Prewash your sheets with ¼ cup of dish washing soap and cold water, or wet the stain with water and rub a teaspoon of dish washing soap on it, then machine wash the sheet as usual. This works because dish soap is a natural degreaser. Alternatively use shampoo instead. As with dish washing soap, rub in a teaspoon of shampoo to remove the greasy stain. Then wash the lyocell bedding as usual.

Dark stains (for instance wine stains)
What to do if you have dark stains? Soak the stain in cold water immediately to prevent the stain from setting further. Then soak the TENCEL™ bedding in a chlorine-free detergent and cold water for 15 minutes. Let it sit for longer if the stain has been there for some time. Do not use hot water, as this will cause the stain to set more in the fabric. Depending on how long the stain has been there, this process can take a few hours. If the stain hasn’t been removed, gently rub the sheet together or dip in the water and gently squeeze out the water. Check if the stain has gone – then machine wash as usual. If the stain is still visible, rinse with cold water and repeat the process.

What you should NEVER do with TENCEL™
Never use bleach on your TENCEL™ Lyocell bedding. Lyocell is a very delicate fabric. Bleach is very aggressive and can damage the fibres of your bedding. So always choose a bleach-free detergent and stain remover, preferably choose a sustainable detergent based on natural ingredients.

How to wash TENCEL™?

  • Make sure you always wash your TENCEL™ bedding in cold water on a gentle cycle.
  • Use a mild (preferably biodegradable) detergent to prevent damage to the fabric.
  • If possible, turn your bedding inside out and use a laundry bag to prevent damage, wear or pilling.
  • Do not use bleach as it may damage the bedding. Fabric softener is not necessary, because our bedding is naturally super soft!