How to Remove Pilling From Clothing

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When your coats, sweaters or blankets begin to pill--that is, they're showing those unsightly little fuzzies common to knitted, woven or napped fabrics--this is the safest method for removal.

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Things you need

  • Sweater/fabric Comb

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  1. 1

    Buy a small comb, designed for this purpose, at a fabric store. The comb is much smaller than any hair comb you could find, and it has stiff, tiny teeth about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long.

  2. 2

    Lay the clothing or blanket on a flat surface.

  3. 3

    Hold the fabric taut with one hand. With the comb in the other hand, use a brisk but gentle stroke to remove the fuzz.

  4. 4

    Repeat as often as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Experienced "de-pillers" advise against using a razor because of the possibility of accidentally cutting the fabric. The same risk applies to the use of scissors.

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