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Laundry day is made easy when you use quality laundry facilities and wash & fold services from Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaners.

Once you know how to deal with the specific fabrics in your clothing, you’ll have no trouble handling any small issues that arise during laundering.

One of the most common irritating issues is pilling. This refers to those little balls of fiber that appears on the surface of some clothing. While this is common with wool, it is often found that man-made fibers, like polyester, are prone to it as well.

There are two important steps that you can take to remedy this common occurrence. The first is prevention, and the second is a solution.

Prevention

In the long run, this is the easiest of the two measures. Start by turning your clothes inside out before washing and drying. This way, the outer surface of the materials is not exposed to the action of the machines. Use the gentle cycle on the washers, as this is much less aggressive and has a shorter overall cycle. This lessens the abrasion the clothes are exposed to, which is what causes pilling in the first place.

Odds are, though, even if you’re really careful you’ll still get those pesky fuzz balls, especially on your chest, under your arms and along your sides where the fabric get the most tension.

Treatment

The only real treatment for pilling is the removal of those little balls of accumulated material.

The most common and inexpensive way to clean pilling off your clothes is to just

  1. spread the fabric across a flat surface (something firm like a table is best) pull the fabric taut and
  2. carefully shave the pilling away from the fabric using a disposable razor (without moisture lubrication strips).
  3. Be careful with the razor, especially around seams, buttons and stitching because you can easily cut the fabric.

You can also buy de-pillers like sweater stones and electric fabric combs in stores, but if you have a razor or two lying around anyway, there's no reason you can't give it a second use—especially since one razor will last you a long time.

Once you know how to prevent pilling, you’ll have no problem removing the odd bit here and there so your clothes turn out great every time!

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