When wool fibers become loose, they form little balls or pills. Pilling is a direct result of friction (which naturally occurs with movement), so the more you wear an item, the more likely it is to pill. High-quality cashmere and wool items contain longer yarns, making them less likely to pill until they have been worn many, many times. In addition, looser weave knits are more likely to pill than tighter weave ones, as there is more room for friction between the yarns.
Is pilling easy to lift? Yes! You can remove pills and lint on finer-gauge knits, such as lightweight sweaters, T-shirts, scarves, or pants by gliding a sweater comb across the affected areas in one direction. For heavier-gauge items, such as thicker sweaters, outerwear, or heavy upholstery, use a sweater stone. Sweater stones, often made of pumice, are designed to glide across thicker knits and open weaves. Keep in mind that when removing pills, you should always move the comb or stone with the direction of the item’s weave, not against it, to prevent snagging. When in doubt, use gentle, short combing motions, moving carefully across the fabric. Again, pilling occurs in high-friction areas, so be sure to address underarms, shoulders, cuffs, hip areas, and inseams.
Use a fine garment brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair and to release natural oils that rejuvenate yarns. This fine fabric brushes are designed to last a lifetime, and are a great alternative to single-use paper sticker lint rollers.