The feeling of having new, fresh linens can bring a sense of joy and satisfaction to people. Many like the positive change that new linens such as sheets, towels, or clothing can bring. They may like the texture of the product, the elegant colors, or the patterns that it came with. The goal is to keep these linens looking new for as long as possible. As people continue using the products, they may notice little balls of fuzz beginning to develop on them. This is called pilling, and it can be an annoyance that many people simply do not want to deal with. This blog will explain the concept of pilling, what causes it, and how to prevent it.
What is Pilling?
Pilling is the miniature balls of fuzz that develop when fibers in the linen become loose. This is caused by friction from the movement of the fibers as they get yanked, worn, stretched, and strained. When the fibers on your linens begin to pill, there is no defect in the actual fabric. It can be found on your bed linens, towels, bath rugs, etc. Generally, linens more likely to experience pilling are those that are man-made. This includes polyester, nylon, rayon, and spandex materials. Linens made with natural materials are less likely to pill. Natural materials can include cotton, bamboo, and Tencel. Products with shorter fibers are more likely to pill than fabric made from longer fibers.
How to Fix Pilling in Sheets
Pilling is commonly experienced in sheets. It occurs when the sheets are developed with low-quality, loosely woven fabric. The chances of pilling increase when fabrics are washed in high heat and harsh chemicals. Two common steps to fix pilling include:
A simple method is to use scissors to simply cut off the pilling fibers. Be careful when using scissors though. If you rush through the process, you could poke a hole in the sheets. It is recommended to use small, sharp scissors on a steady surface that has good lighting. If there is still leftover pilling after using the scissors, a lint roller can be used to remove the leftover fuzz.
These products are typically used with a battery. The purpose is to remove stretched fibers and fuzz smoothly and easily. All you must do is smoothly and gently slide the shaver across the product to hopefully improve the feel and appearance of the product.
How to Fix Pilling in Towels
Several methods have been developed to help resolve the pilling issues experienced with towels. Just like sheets, towels have a greater chance of pilling when lower-quality and shorter fibers are used. Three common methods to fix pilling include:
Using a Pilling Brush or Comb
The little fiber balls can be gently removed using a brush or comb. It is recommended to comb or brush over the area experiencing the pilling with light and quick brush strokes. It can be rather tedious, but it is a method that has been proven to work. The hope is that the fibers will shed less frequently as the towel gets more use which will reduce the need for the brush or comb.
Vacuum cleaners with an effective nozzle are a good way to remove pilling fabric on towels. Prior to this process, it is important that the nozzle is first cleaned to make sure no dirt, dust, or other debris gets on the towel. The vacuum will likely only be able to remove extremely loose lint, but it will help the cause.
If you don’t have a good vacuum nozzle, run the towels through a couple of cycles in the dryer. If you go with this method, make sure the lint filter is clean before putting the towels in. A clean lint filter will ensure that the highest amount of lint will be removed from the towels while going through the dryer.
InnStyle Has Linens for You
InnStyle has a wide range of linens for you to choose from on their website. They have an entire bedding section that features products like sheets, coverlets, bedspreads, mattresses, pillows, and duvet covers. They also have a large selection of towels, bathrobes, and dining linens. These products all come in various colors and sizes to help ensure your property has exactly what it is looking for. Please give InnStyle a call if you have any questions about pilling or general hospitality questions. Their account managers will happily help you and offer their own advice. InnStyle can be reached at 267-354-6020 or 800-877-4667. Their website is https://www.innstyle.com/.