Question: How do I prevent and remove pilling from clothes?
Here's how to remove pills on clothes: Pilling happens because of rubbing or abrasion of the fabric during normal wear and use. You'll find pilling most often on man-made fibers particularly polyester and polyester blends.
Pilling occurs during wearing or washing when groups of short or broken fibers on the surface of the fabric become tangled together in a tiny ball - a pill.
- Before laundering, turn the garment inside out.
- Use the gentle cycle which has a slower agitation and shorter wash cycle.
- Use liquid detergent or allow powdered detergent to dissolve completely before adding garments.
- Line dry woven fabrics. Dry knitted garments on a flat surface. If using the dryer, remove as soon as possible to lessen abrasion from other fabrics.
One of the most effective ways to remove pills is to use a fabric comb or a battery operated pill remover that shaves the pills from the surface of the garment. You can also pull the fabric taut over a curved surface and carefully cut off the pill with scissors or shave the fabric surface with a safety razor. You must be extremely careful and weigh the value of the garment before tackling the job!
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