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Grover Essentials - Pilling Sheets and How to Deal With Them

par Princy Kumar sur December 02, 2020

Pilling Sheets and How to Deal With Them

Luxury hotel bedding, along with state-of-the-art facilities and to-die-for room service, is fundamental to achieving a 5-star rating. So, when your ultra-soft microfiber sheets start pilling, it can make for a cumbersome nightmare. However, pilling doesn’t mean the end of your cloud-like comforters. If you notice pilling on your sheets, dealing with them doesn’t have to be a bother. 

What is Pilling?

Pilling appears on new sheets after the first few washes and spins through the dryer. When groups of short and broken fibers become knotted together, Pilling sheets might look thin or rough, donning little balls of fabric as the result of a surface defect. To the touch, they’re scratchy, making for a less-than-comfortable night in. 

What Causes Pilling?

Friction and abrasions from day-to-day use are often the leading cause of pilling. Occasionally, it may be the result of improper washing or purchasing sheets made with low-grade fabrics or specific materials. Knitted fabrics such as wool, cotton, and polyester tend to pill more than silk or linen.

Manually removing these tiny balls of cloth can be time consuming, and you’re likely better off purchasing new bedsheets. However, you can still opt to eliminate them by incorporating the following tips. 

  • Use a Razor 
  • To remove pilling, use a flat razor blade to “shave” your sheets the way you would your legs or arms. Work in sections, dragging in one direction. End each shave on the same line at the border of each area. Use a lint roller or tape to remove any remainder. 

  • Shop for Anti-Pill Sheets
  • If you’d rather prevent pilling than have to eliminate it, take into account the material of your sheets. Also, consider thread count—the higher the thread count, the less likely your sheets are to pill. Because threads are longer and woven tightly, this minimizes friction and movement. 

  • Wash and Dry Sheets Properly
  • When washing your sheets, avoid rubbing them together to remove stains and loose threads. Unlike typical sheets with a lower thread count of 300 to 500, sheets with a thread count of above 1,000 will tear under high-heat settings. To avoid ripping, wash your sheets with warm water and mild detergent, turning your dryer to a colder setting. 

    Be sure not to overstuff your machine, or rinse cycles won’t effectively remove all the soap residue. To brighten stained and torn white sheets, add a quarter cup of lemon juice to your load. Refrain from washing sheets along with towels or using harsher chemicals such as those found in bleach, fabric softener, and low-quality detergents. 


    All fabrics pill eventually. However, there will always be ways to keep your sheets looking and feeling their best for longer. Check labels before you purchase them and employ gentle washing techniques. 

    At Grover Essentials, our different types of bedding are all of exceptional value. We’re all too familiar with the struggle that comes with selecting the right bed and bath products for your accommodation. From hypoallergenic to waterproof and bamboo-fitted comforters, we have the best bargains on an endless variety of bedding. 

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