Wondering why your fabrics are pilling? Pilling or pills are the tiny fuzzballs that appear on fabric products, including clothing, bedding and sofas – and these fuzzballs can cause many concerns.
This article is here to help answer how to identify what causes pilling, how to remove pills, and prevent pilling from occurring.
Pilling occurs when the fibres in the fabric rub together, and the friction causes the fibres to become loose and ball up.
This friction occurs through general use. Whether you sit or lie on your sofa, your skin and clothes come in contact with the material, which creates friction and normal abrasion resulting in pills.
Fibre transfer can also cause pilling on your fabric sofa. This occurs when loose fibres from your clothes, blankets, cushions or throws attach to the sofa fabric resulting in pilling.
Pills from fibre transfer can be a different colour to your sofa material—this will depend on the colour of the transferred fibres, your throws, clothing and cushions.
While pilling can be bothersome, it is not considered a fault or defect. As pilling is not a fault, your furniture warranty will not cover fabric pilling.
Pilling occurs on various fabric and material products, including garments, rugs, and mattresses. As a result, there are many tools available to help remove pills from your material and fabric items.
Whether you sit on your sofa twice a day or twice a month, most sofa materials have the potential to pill. The friction from general use causes fibres to rub together and ball up.
Pilling is unavoidable, but there are some things you can do to prevent repeated friction and abrasion to keep the pilling on your sofa to a minimum.
There are three main ways to removing pills from your furniture fabric.
Pilling is a normal occurrence caused by general wear and tear and does not affect the durability or functionality of the fabric.
Pilling may appear more frequently and extensively in the few months of owning your sofa. This may subside once the excess loose fibres move to the surface and get removed.
While some fabrics will settle after the first few months, pilling can still occur, particularly if your sofa repeatedly comes in contact with throws, blankets or abrasive clothing.
As bothersome as pilling might be, the tiny fuzzballs should not cause concern or prevent you from enjoying your fabric sofa.
While all fabrics have the potential to pill, some textiles are more prone to pilling than others.
If you need help selecting the right fabric for your sofa, you can book a Showroom consultation online or speak to one of our interior design consultants. Our team can help you select the right material for your home and needs.
At King Living all our fabrics undergo an extensive fabric pilling and quality test by three independent laboratories before being approved as a King Living fabric and made available to our customers. While pilling is natural and can occur on most fabrics, we select quality fabrics and conduct these tests to alleviate the risk of excessive pilling.
All King Living fabrics feature pilling ratings of three stars or above, which is considered suitable for everyday furniture use.