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What is pilling?

27 June 2016

Pilling (sometimes referred to as bobbling) is the formation of fuzzy balls on the surface of wool clothing, and often results in an unsightly or worn out appearance.

What is pilling?

Pilling is caused by rubbing during wear and, although it can occur in any parts of the sweater, the most common areas are around the elbows, armpits, sleeves, belly and the sides of the sweater where, during wear, the arms of the garment are constantly coming into contact with the body of the sweater.

Pilling is a very complex phenomenon, and depends on many factors including the action of the wearer - there is a greater chance of pilling generally if the wearer is more active, or whether the sweater during wear constantly comes into contact with other surfaces that tend to cause abrasion, such as sitting for long periods at a desk.

Because pilling is so complex, nobody can guarantee that it won’t occur, but there are a number of ways that the chances of pilling can be minimised. There are also methods to remove pills if they have been formed.