Why is my fabric sofa pilling?

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Fabric pilling on your sofa is common and can occur due to various factors.

What is pilling?

Often you'll find slight pilling or balling on the fabric of your sofa, which can be attributed to lifestyle and usage. Pilling or balling occurs on any fabric as a natural result of friction when it rubs against other fibres or skin, and is not considered a fault. As the fabric surface is rubbed, a small group of loose fibres on the surface begin to twist, forming tiny balls or “pills”. This is seen more in synthetic fabrics, fabrics that have a looser weave construction or where the fibres have a lower degree of twist.

Some of the common reasons for pilling include:

  1. Fabric type: Some fabrics are more prone to pilling than others. Synthetic fabrics, tend to pill more easily than natural fibres like cotton or linen. Additionally, fabrics with a looser weave or made from shorter fibres may be more susceptible to pilling.

  2. Friction: Pilling is often caused by friction between the fabric and another surface. This can occur during regular use, such as sitting or lying down on the sofa, or from contact with other objects like cushions, blankets, or even clothing. Areas that experience the most friction, like armrests and seat cushions, are more likely to develop pilling.

  3. Improper care: Not following appropriate care and maintenance for your sofa can contribute to pilling. For example, using harsh cleaning products or abrasive tools on the fabric can cause damage and increase the likelihood of pilling.

How can I remove pilling?

Removal of pilling with a Fabric Pill Remover is safe and does not affect the quality of the fabric. Regular vacuuming and cleaning will remove dirt and grime and any loose fibres which will help prevent the pills forming over time. This should form part of your ongoing sofa maintenance. 

View article 'How can I remove pilling from my sofa?' or visit our Buyers Guide to read more about 'Pilling' here 




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