Why is my fabric sofa pilling?

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Pilling on your sofa's fabric is a typical occurrence and can result from various factors.

Understanding Pilling

Pilling or balling, characterised by tiny fuzz balls on your sofa's fabric, is a natural consequence of lifestyle and usage. It transpires when friction arises between the fabric and other fibres or skin, causing loose fibres on the fabric's surface to twist into small balls, or "pills". It's important to note that pilling is not deemed a defect. Synthetic fabrics, fabrics with a looser weave, or those with less twisted fibres are more prone to this.

Key factors contributing to pilling include

Fabric type: Certain fabrics are more inclined to pilling than others. Synthetic fabrics pill more readily than natural fibres like cotton or linen. Also, fabrics with a looser weave or made from shorter fibres can be more prone to pilling.

Friction: Pilling often results from friction between the fabric and another surface. This can happen during regular use, such as when you sit or lie down on the sofa, or from contact with other items like cushions, blankets, or clothing. Areas with high friction, like armrests and seat cushions, are more likely to develop pilling.

Inadequate care: Failing to adhere to suitable care and maintenance procedures for your sofa can lead to pilling. Using harsh cleaning products or abrasive tools on the fabric can cause damage, thus increasing pilling likelihood.

How to Manage Pilling?

Pilling can be safely removed with a Fabric Pill Remover without affecting the fabric quality. Regular vacuuming and cleaning will eliminate dirt, grime, and loose fibres, helping to prevent the formation of pills over time. This should be part of your regular sofa maintenance.    

For more information view our How can I remove pilling from my sofa? article in the Help Centre.




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