How do I stop my clothes pilling when I wash them??

@patootie (3593)
January 8, 2007 8:02am CST
I bought a really nice fine wool jumper a few months ago .. it wasn't hugely expensive, but it was quite a good make and it was reduced to half price in a sale, so was probably top of their medium price range .. But after only two machine washes it's already started to pill .. I washed it inside out and I used a gently quick wash and appropriate liquid detergent .. I can't wash by hand as I have disabilities ... but how can I stop or at least reduce the pilling .. and if I pull or snip the bobbles off will that weaken the woollen ?
1 response
@ukchriss (2103)
11 Jan 07
Pilling results from rubbing (abrasion) of the fabric during normal wear and tear. I dont think you can stop this happening on some clothes. But like you I find turning the garment inside out and just using a quick wash does help. To remove any pills on fabric. pull the fabric taut over a curved surface if possable and carefully cut off the pill with some sharp scissors or shave the fabric surface with a safty razor. There are also those battery operated pill removers, which is what I use, they shave the pills much like an elsctric razor. However once you do remove the pills, they can come back. I think over time this must weaken the fabric to some extent.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 07
Yes, I hate it when that happens, your clothing looks so 'tatty' and 'scruffy' it usually a particular fabric and happens more to my sweaters. Thanks for the advice.
@patootie (3593)
12 Jan 07
I tried one of those battery operated shaver things but it kept snagging in the wool .. not so long back I bought a really cheap 'used' mens electric beard razor from Ebay and that seems to work much better ...