No matter what you spend on a sweater, it seems to develop those unsightly little balls of fuzz. Today, let’s takes a look at why even expensive sweaters aren't immune to pilling and what prevents it.
Why does cashmere pilling occur?
Pilling occurs as a result of the fabric rubbing against itself or another surface. This is why you'll notice pilling most on the sides of your jumper and the sleeves, where your arms, desk or even hand bag repeatedly rub against it. Unfortunately pilling can occur on basically any cashmere sweater. The fact that certain garments show pilling, has nothing to do with either price or quality. Every fabric has its pros and cons and overall, the rule states: the more wooly or hairy the fabric, the shorter the fibre, the more the fabric is likely to pill. Chunky and loose knits have a greater risk of pilling then heavier, more compact knits. Finer, tighter weaves will pill less.
How to remove cashmere pilling?
If you find pilling on your cashmere scarf or cashmere sweater, do not try to pull it out, use scissors to carefully cut it. However, this has to be done carefully and adequately or otherwise, you will ruin the fabric. Of course, you can use sweater comb, lint remover or clothing brush. Carefully go over your product with the lint remover, and then slowly collect the fuzz balls with the duck tape. It is fast and easy, and it will save you a lot of trouble.
Can pilling it be prevented?
It's very difficult to prevent cashmere pilling entirely but you can certainly reduce the amount of pilling by caring for your garment properly. Being careful when you wash the cashmere sweater or scarf, using a special wool detergent or delicate wash, washing inside out will reduce the rubbing while washing.