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Call it bobbling, call it pilling or simply call it that incredibly annoying thing that only ever tends to happen to your very favourite garments, it’s the kind of headache that affects us all. The only thing worse than having a bunch of clothes you aren’t exactly in love with is having a wardrobe full of garments you simply adore, though are hesitant to wear as they seem to be bobbling like crazy with each and every use/wash. You’ve invested in all manner of gadgets and tried every hack in the book to get rid of the bobbling, but no matter how many times you deal with it, it isn’t long before it returns.

The good news however is that according to the experts in women’s fashion, there is in fact plenty anyone can do to prevent, or at least minimise bobbles on clothing.  Much of it comes down to the clothing you choose in the first place, for regardless of what kinds of garments you already have in your possession, there are various ways and means by which bobbling can be significantly reduced.

Give the following a try and chances are you’ll find an effective solution to your perplexing pilling problem:

1 – Beware Fibre Blends

First of all, while there’s absolutely nothing in the world specifically wrong with garments made from multiple different fibres, these do happen to be the types of garments that are more susceptible to pilling. Certain fibre blends have the potential to produce beautiful garments that are both robust and easy to care for. Nevertheless, if there are three different fibres in the garment or perhaps even more, it is likely that this will be a garment more likely to bobble. It all comes down to the way in which the fibres in the fabric react with one another, both while being worn and in the wash.

2 – Tighter Weaves

It’s far from a secret that when it comes to problematic pilling, garments like knitted sweaters tend to top the table. This is because bobbling is directly linked with the tightness or looseness of the weave of any given garment – the former reducing pilling and the latter being more susceptible to bobbling. Of course this doesn’t mean that it’s in any way necessary or sensible to entirely write-off a pretty enormous catalogue of potential clothing options. Nevertheless, it’s simply a case of knowing that when and where you do invest in loose-weave clothing that’s particularly prone to bobbling, it should be handled with as much care and attention as possible.

3 – Inside Out

As tends to be one of the number one rules of all when it comes to avoiding damage during the washing and drying process, any garments that are susceptible to bobbling really must be washed inside out. The biggest trigger of pilling is the friction caused when garments rub together in the washing machine – again, loose weave garments being particularly susceptible. And as it doesn’t necessarily matter if there is a degree of bobbling on the inside, it simply makes sense to wash them inside out. On that note, you might also want to think about trying them inside out and also hanging them in your wardrobe inside out, to minimise friction as much as realistically possible.

4 – Hand Wash

The simple fact of the matter is that irrespective of how gentle the gentlest cycle on your washing machine is, it still isn’t going to be nearly as gentle as your own two hands can be. It might be something of a laborious job, but if you really want to look out for your most treasured garments, one of the best ways of avoiding pilling is to get into the habit of washing them by hand. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a particularly strenuous process – some even find it borderline therapeutic!

5 – Hang Dry

Last but not least, the very best way of drying garments to minimise pilling problems is to hang them and allow them to dry naturally. Even if it stays that the garment in question is suitable for machine drying, you’ll still be putting it through a relatively punishing process the likes of which could cause a fair bit of damage. It’s much better to stick with standard air drying, using a quality rack or robust hanger. And as we already touched upon, it’s also a good idea to dry your garments inside out and to store them away in the same manner.


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