How do I prevent pilling
1. Turn your clothes inside-out before washing them.
- By turning your clothing inside-out, you will reduce the amount of pilling that will occur on the exterior of the clothing. This is because the washing machine’s motion will be primarily affecting the interior of the clothes.
2 Use gentle detergents designed to wash delicate garments.
- Abrasive detergents increase the likelihood that your garments will pill. When possible, use liquid detergents, as powdered detergents grate against clothing while dissolving in a washing machine. If you must use hard-grained, powdered detergent, add the detergent into the washing machine while it is filling up with water and allow it to agitate for few minutes so the detergent dissolves before you put your clothes into the machine.
3 Choose a delicate cycle.
- Delicate cycles treat your clothes gently during washing. To further help prevent pilling, use the shortest cycle offered, as it will mean less time that clothes will be agitated in the washing machine.
4 Avoid rubbing your clothes on yourself and other fabrics.
- Rubbing is the leading cause of pilling. If you take care to not rub your clothes more than you have to, you might find that you can extend the original look and feel of your clothing. Wash clothes susceptible to pilling by themselves whenever possible.
5 Allow your garments to air-dry.
- Let your garments dry naturally in your laundry room or outside in a gentle breeze. Avoid putting your clothes into your drier, since the constant movement won’t do much to stop pilling on your clothes. If you are short on time and have to use your drier, select a gentle cycle that uses very low heat. Check on your clothes every few minutes, and remove them as soon as they are dry.
6 Hand-wash your garments whenever possible.
- Washing your clothing by hand can significantly reduce the amount of pilling on your clothes. Hand-washing can be done easily in a clean sink.