HANDY TIPS ON HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR KNITWEAR, AND HOW TO AVOID THE PILLING PROBLEM...

Tuesday 10th April, 2018

Like all things in life that are delicate, a little bit of care and attention will keep your knitwear looking fresh and ensure its longevity...

WHAT IS PILLING?

Pilling is the formation of fuzzy balls on the surface of clothing. It’s a very complex phenomenon and depends on many factors, including the action of the wearer. It’s usually caused by rubbing during wear or constant contact with rough surfaces. Although it can occur on any part of the knit, the most common areas are the elbows, armpits, sleeves, belly and the sides where the arms are in constant contact with the body.

HOW TO REMOVE PILLS

By removing pills by hand or using a special device, your clothing will retain its new look and feel. To remove pills, SABA recommends using the EEZY fabric comb*. This should be done routinely, after drying or just prior to ironing – very gently and carefully to ensure no damage is done to the item of clothing.

*The EEZY fabric comb is available in stores and online for purchase.

WASHING YOUR KNITWEAR

It’s best to wash knits individually or with like colours. Hand-wash cold using a gentle detergent, soak for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. To get rid of excess water, roll your knitwear in a towel and gently press to absorb. Then, using a fresh towel, lay your knit flat to dry.

Knitwear carrying the Woolmark Machine Washable label can be safely machine-washed on the ‘wool’ setting. If your machine does not have a wool cycle, use the cold-wash or delicate cycle. After washing, gently shake, reshape and lay flat to dry. Irrespective of the method of cleaning, it’s highly recommended to wash knitwear inside-out to protect the outer surface.

Avoid using heavy duty detergents, ‘Bio’ detergents containing enzymes and detergents containing bleaches. Pre-dissolve powdered detergents prior to adding to the wash to help prevent concentrated specks of detergent from coming into contact with the sweater – this may cause holes.

HOW TO AVOID PILLING

To reduce the risk of pilling, always turn the item inside-out when laundering. Any migration of fibres due to abrasion during washing will cause protruding fibres, which can result in pilling. When applying a domestic softener or conditioner in the final rinse stage, add a minimal amount. The presence of excessive softener or conditioner can assist in migration of the fibres to the surface.