What is Fabric Piling and How to Remove Them
Pilling as a result of normal daily wear and should not be considered as a fault. There are many variables which can trigger pilling, including weather conditions, humidity and your home environment.
Even specific clothing types can transfer pills from the clothing to the furniture fabric. As the fabric surface is rubbed, a single or small group of loose fibres on the surface begins to twist upon itself, forming tiny balls or ‘pills’. Often the thing that starts this process is a foreign fibre or speck of dirt.
The safest and most effective way to remove pilling is with battery operated pilling tools. ‘De-pilling’ only removes unsightly loose surface fibres and does not affect fabric performance.
You can also use a pumice stone pill remover or pill comb to manually brush away fabric pills. Pilling may reappear several times. When it does, simply shave it off again. Your fabric will stop pilling after all of the loose fibres have been removed.