How to Remove Pilling From Almost Any Fabric

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10 Minutes

In this video, I’m going to show you how to remove pills from your garments using a sweater brick, which is also known as a fuzz stone. Your clothes will look as good as new, which will allow you to get the most wear out of them as possible. If you’d like to know how to remove pilling from clothes, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • Sweater brick/Fuzz stone
  • Pilled sweater
How to remove pilling from clothes

Acquire a sweater brick

A sweater brick is a pumice stone that is great for gripping and removing pilling from a garment. I find it’s even better than a lint removal machine, because the holes in the screen of a lint removal machine are often too small to allow some of the larger bits through, and you will end up having to go over the same area multiple times. If you want the most efficient method for how to remove pilling from sweaters and other clothing items, the sweater brick is the way to go. 

How to remove pills from sweaters

Apply the sweater brick to the fabric

Lightly run the edge of the sweater brick over the pilled surface of the fabric. Make sure not to press too hard, or the abrasiveness of the stone can wear a hole in the fabric. 

How to remove pilling on clothes

Clean the stone

Periodically remove the fuzz that builds up on the stone.

How to remove pilling from knit sweaters

As you can see, the stone has removed much of the pilling from the front pocket of this sweatshirt very efficiently. 

How to remove pilling from sweaters

Use the sweater brick on different fabrics

The sweater brick can be used on all different types of fabric, including polyester, cotton-polyester blends, wool, and cotton knits. However, it’s best to avoid lightweight fabrics that snag easily, like silk. 

If you were wondering how to remove pilling from knit sweaters or other fabrics, and have decided to try a sweater brick, you can buy one online on Amazon or from a sewing supply shop called Wawak, and try it out. I’d love to hear what you think of this method. What fabrics did you try it on? What were your results? Let me know!

Suggested materials:
  • Sweater brick
  • Pilled sweater

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