Clothes pilling? Here's what to do...
There comes a time in every garments life where the inevitable ‘pilling’ starts to occur.
These small balls of fluff pop up wherever there is friction - under the arms, at the crotch, where you’ve sat down...
Regardless of where on your garment it occurs, pilling is annoying and makes your favourite jumper look like you just pulled it out of your granddads closet (not that there’s anything wrong with that - we love a good hand-me-down!).
But luckily, we have found a few hacks that can help you to prevent your beloved garments from pilling too much. We also have some tips on how to easily get rid of any of these unsightly balls of fluff when they do occur.
If you’re the type to get incredibly annoyed by pilling, or can’t be bothered to take the time to remove it,you should go for fabrics that have a lower risk of pilling such as linen or silk.
Blended fabrics are more likely to pill as one fibre tends to be stronger than the other causing the weak one to break and wrap around the stronger one. This is often the case with synthetic/natural fibre blends such as polyester/cotton.
Other than general day to day friction, laundering is one of the biggest contributors to pilling. Follow these steps to reduce the risk and keep your garments looking fresh for longer:
- Put clothes that have a high risk of pilling on a gentle cycle or hand wash if possible.
- Turn all garments inside out before washing. This prevents abrasion from clothing details such as zips, clasps and buttons.
- Don’t overload the washing machine - this prevents clothes from moving freely and can cause damage.
- Use gentle detergent as harsh products will cause fibers to break.
- Add a fabric softener as it will line the fibres and lessen the effects of abrasion.
- Avoid the clothes dryer when possible.
Even if you are very careful with your garments, overtime, it’s likely that a little pilling will occur. But there’s no need to stress or restrict that item to at home use only.
Pilling can be removed very easily with a handy pill and fuzz remover. If you don’t have one of these handy gadgets, you can carefully cut them off with a small sharp pair of scissors or pull the garment taut and shave the pills off with a disposable razor (be very careful!).
Voila! Good as new!