Stop Your Woolens From Pilling

Wool is one of those wonder fibers. It has the ability to absorb high amounts of moisture and still feel dry, it can retain heat exceptionally well, and it’s naturally odor-resistant. While wool's pros earn it high praise, one of its few cons is something we've all dealt with–I’m talking of course about pilling—those unattractive clusters of fiber that start appearing on the surface of your clothes after a few washes.

The predominant cause of pilling is excessive friction on the fabric. If you get rid of this friction, your pilling problem also disappears. Here are some quick tips on minimizing pilling to get the most out of your wool clothes:

1. Gently hand wash your wool clothes by moving them around in soapy water for a couple of minutes. Do not rub the fabric on itself.

2. If using a washing machine, turn your wool clothes inside out and set your machine to the gentle cycle.

3. To dry, lie clothes flat on a clean surface and keep out of direct sunlight

4. If using a dryer, set it to the delicate cycle and consider running the dryer with a smaller load.

Following these instructions will ensure pilling is minimized and your woolens keep you looking your best.


About the author

Sachin Patel has been designing socks for retailers, businesses, and promotional products distributors since 2010. His background in engineering and textiles is integral in streamlining production processes and developing detailed product specifications at EVERSOX, a worldwide supplier of custom socks.