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How do I prevent and remove pilling from clothes?


How do I prevent and remove pilling from clothes?

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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.

Prevent Pilling

  • 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.

Remove Pilling

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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