Try as you might, there’s no foolproof way to keep your clothes looking brand new forever. Even if you’re diligent about laundering your clothes according to the tag directions, there’s one sign of clothing wear that is more or less unavoidable: pilling. Nearly every kind of fabric is susceptible to pilling over time, but they tend to be particularly apparent on sweaters and other outerwear. A sweater with pills all over it is likely to look old and worn out, even if it’s relatively new!
But on the bright side, pilling is far from a death sentence for your favorite sweaters. In fact, it’s totally possible to remove pilling and return your sweater to like-new condition! All it takes is the right equipment. :-) Today I’ll be sharing my absolute favorite method for removing pilling from sweaters (or whatever clothing item you want!) After that, I’ll also share a few alternative methods for tackling fabric pilling, because it never hurts to have options!
The Best Way To Remove Fabric Pilling From Sweaters
The quickest and easiest way to remove pilling is to use a fabric shaver. There are a lot of different models out there to choose from, but I am a big fan of the Lalint Clothes Shaver for several reasons. First, this shaver comes with a lifetime warranty, which is really rare! Many of the fabric shavers you can buy online are cheaply made and don’t promise anything by way of durability. I’m very willing to pay a bit more upfront for a product like this that I know is going to last.
Another thing I like about this fabric shaver is that it’s rechargeable! Other shavers I’ve had ran on AA batteries, and seemed to drain those batteries surprisingly quickly. I’m sure I’ve already saved myself money by using this rechargeable model instead! And lastly, I like the fact that this shaver comes with two spare blades. It’s nice to know that if the blades start to feel dull after a while, I can quickly swap it out for one of the spare blades and keep on trucking!
How To Use A Fabric Shaver To Save A Sweater
Using this fabric shaver is quick and easy! Just lay your sweater out on a flat surface, turn the shaver on, and run it over the surface of the sweater. The blades will make short work of all those pills, and they will get sucked up into the lint holder that surrounds the blade. The lint holder is much more spacious than some of the other shavers I’ve used, which means you don’t have to empty it as often.
Depending on the state of your sweater, it make take a few minutes of work to remove all the pills. But the time goes by surprisingly quickly, because it’s really satisfying to watch all those little fuzz balls disappear! When you’re done, you’ll be amazed at the difference. Your sweater will look years younger, like it just had a fabric facelift!
And in the future, you can pull out your fabric shaver as soon as you notice new pills forming. You’ll be able to maintain that like-new look of your sweater with very little effort! :-) If you’re not interested in using a fabric shaver for whatever reason (or maybe you want to wait for Santa to bring you one?), here are three bonus options for removing pills from sweaters!
3 More Ways To Remove Fabric Pilling
1. Sweater Comb
A sweater comb is basically just a manual version of a fabric shaver. Just run it across the surface of a sweater, and this little comb will pick up pills and fuzz like a charm. Make sure to work carefully though, because you can easily snag the fabric if you’re not paying attention.
2. Velcro Hair Roller
Velcro hair rollers work surprising well at removing pills too! To use it, just lay your clothing item out on a flat surface and pull the item taut. Then push the velcro roller into the fabric and roll it across the surface to pick up the pills. If your item has a lot of pilling, this method will likely take some time. But it’s a nice free option if you already happen to have velcro rollers at home!
3. Shaving Razor
You can also use a standard shaving razor to remove pills. Make sure to use a new sharp blade, and go for a razor without added moisture strips if possible. To use it, simply shave the pilled areas of your clothing just like you would shave your skin. It’s effective, but it doesn’t pick up the pills like a fabric shaver does. I’d recommend having a lint roller on hand to pick up the pills after shaving them off!
What is your favorite method for getting rid of pilling?