You purchase a beautiful new Cashmere Shawl and after a number of wears, you start to notice those pesky little baubles appearing on the shawl. I get it, it’s very frustrating when your new scarf no longer looks so stunning. Unfortunately, even the highest quality cashmere can pill but, there are ways to prevent it and remove pilling once it has occurred.
What Is Pilling?
Pills appear on fabric when groups of short or broken fibers become tangled together in a tiny knot or ball, otherwise known as a pill. The pills form due to rubbing or abrasion during normal wear and use.
So, why does Cashmere Pilling occur?
Pilling occurs for various reasons and basically on any product that is made of cashmere, like a scarf, jumper or any other everyday product. It can occur as a result of the fabric rubbing against itself on another surface. This is why you’ll notice pilling it mostly between the areas where the scarf meets your neck, and where it is repeatedly rubbed against it.
Heat and humidity are also factors in pilling. When moisture and heat are applied, pills tend to grow faster. That’s why pilling often occurs under the arms of your jumper
Can Pilling be prevented?
It’s very difficult to prevent cashmere pilling entirely but you can certainly reduce the amount of pilling by caring for your garment properly.
How do I prevent Cashmere Pilling?
It sounds quite strange, but if you give a wool or cashmere garment a “rest” in-between wear, this can help reduce pilling. When not being worn, the fibres in the fabric are able to bounce back to their original shape, helping them to be more resilient and pill less.
Being careful when you wash your cashmere scarf is one of the most important steps. Please refer to our separate blog Care for your Cashmere Scarf. Always use cold water (never hot) and try using a delicate shampoo, maybe even a baby shampoo. Do not wring your scarf after washing, and you must never put it in the dryer.
How do I remove Pilling from my Cashmere Scarf?
Pilling can be easily removed using a cashmere comb or garment bristle brush — never use a razor or scissors as you’ll damage the fibres and make it worse. After washing, simply lie the garment flat in the shade and let it dry. Then use the comb, brushing in one direction to gently remove pills. For your convenience, we now stock the Original Fabric Eezy Comb
I hope this item was useful to you and we can assist you in protecting your Cashmere Investment. Check out our range of Cashmere Scarves & Shawls