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Why Do Some Garments Pill?



It is always disappointing when a new garment pills.  In order to prolong the life of your clothing and avoid pilling, consider getting those garments dry cleaned.

Those small balls of fibers that form on a piece of cloth are caused by wear.  The agitated areas tend to be underarms, collar, cuffs, seat area, and between legs.  Pilling happens when the washing and wearing of fabrics cause loose fibers to begin to push out from the surface of the cloth. Over time, abrasion causes the fibers to develop into small spherical bundles, anchored to the surface of the fabric by protruding fibers that haven't broken.

Clothing made from wool, cotton, polyester, nylon and acrylic have a tendency to pill the most.

The best way to approach pilling is turning garments inside out before washing.  If this tactic does not work expert dry cleaners can attempt to remove them without damaging your clothes.


Understanding fabrics can be an important step for restoring and caring for your wardrobe.  Mark Pressed4Time will take the time to explain the characteristics of each fabric and the best way to care for them.  Call today! 

Different Fabrics Optionsimage credit: Omar Chatriwala on Flickr



Monday, October 08, 2012 written by Mark Pressed4Time
Tags:  acrylic, collar, cotton, cuffs, dry cleaning, fabrics, Garments, Mark Pressed4Time, nylon, pilling, polyster, protect, Wedding Gown Preservation, wool
Categories:  Dry Cleaning Tips, Laundry, Wedding Gown Preservation