We call fabric pilling to the small visible balls of fiber that form on the surface of a fabric. It usually happens when there is a constant friction on it. There are a few reasons why the pilling occurs: the weave of the fabric, the type of the fiber, the friction caused by using the furniture.
When the weave of the fabric is tighter, the fibers can not come out to the surface. Cotton or linen make pilling less visible because the way they shed their loose fibers.
Pilling is not a fabric defect or fault from the manufacturer. It is a natural process caused by the wear and tear of the furniture. It doesn’t affect the durability of the fabric.
The good news is that it is easily removable: you can use a sharp razor, or you can use a fabric shaver which will remove the pilling without ruining the fabric.
Pilling may reappear but if it happens , you will have to repeat the process of shaving it off.
The fabric will stop pilling once all the loose fibers have been removed.
February 21st, 2020
Article Written By: Adriana Glait
Design Specialist at Decorium