Pilling can be defined as the entangling of fibres during washing, cleaning, or general use to form balls or pills which stand proud of the surface of a fabric. Many factors can determine the pilling rate of a fabric / garment starting with the fibre type, blend composition, yarn thickness and twist level, knitting construction, and density as well as, most importantly, the end use.
Pilling is to be expected with all knitwear and is not considered to be a ‘manufacturing fault’, indeed to a certain extent it is quite normal and will settle over time, once all loose fibres have disappeared. In the meantime, it is up to the consumer to keep their product looking new by removing pills with a de-fuzzing razor, a de-pilling comb or even by hand.
Certain care and attention can minimise the effects of pilling such as minimising friction / abrasion (e.g. tumble-drying, running / playing sports), rubbing (e.g. bag straps, spot-cleaning), snagging (e.g. Velcro, desk edges)
The most common cause of knitwear damage is heat damage. We do not recommend that you iron your knitwear. Please see your garments instructions.