Bobbles on clothes can be a real pain. They’re unsightly, and worse still, they cause your sweaters and jumpers to pill more quickly. The good news is that there are lots of easy ways to prevent bobbles from forming in the first place, as well as reduce their size once they appear. Here we explain what causes bobbles on clothes so you can avoid them in future – although it might take a little bit of effort!
So, what exactly are bobbles?
Bobbles are small balls of lint that form on clothes. They're caused by friction between the fabric and the clothes, which then sticks together in clumps. That's why you see them mostly on black clothing: it's harder for dirt to get out from between cloth fibers!
If you've ever seen a blanket that looks like someone has been crumpling it up in their hands all day long, then you know how easy it is to create lint balls on fabric surfaces like sweaters and jackets. In fact, if you ever find yourself wearing a thick sweater or pants outside during wintertime (or any season), chances are you'll notice some lint sticking out here and there after just walking around for 10 minutes or so!
When you wash your clothes, it's essential to use the right temperature. The right temperature will help to prevent bobbles on clothes and other problems.
The right temperature depends on the fabric of your clothing. For example, if you have cotton clothes, you'll need to use warm water in order to keep them soft and breathable for longer. If you have wool or cashmere clothing then cold water is best because this will stop it from shrinking or becoming damaged over time.
As well as being good for fabrics, using warm or cold water is also better for preventing pilling (when little balls form on clothes) and linting (when threads stick together).
The best way to reduce bobbles on clothing is to use a clothes of fabric shaver. Clothes shavers are small handheld devices that vibrate at high speed, breaking up the bobbles and removing them from your clothing. It's best to use the clothes shaver before you wash your clothes, as this will help prevent further bobble formation during washing. We have an article reviewing the best fabric shavers available today if you’re interested in going down this route.
If you are finding that your clothes are becoming more prone to bobbles, try washing them with a fabric conditioner. This will help to reduce the chances of bobbles forming.
A fabric conditioner will also keep your clothes looking fresh and new for longer.
If you’re concerned with protecting your clothes from bobbly appearances, then a laundry bag is the perfect solution.
There are many different types of laundry bags available and each one has its own unique properties. Some are made from mesh, some from plastic, some from cotton and others from polyester.
Some are lined while others aren’t; some have handles while others don’t. It really depends on what you want to use them for as materials will vary depending on how much you wash your clothes at home or if they need protection while traveling abroad without access to a washing machine (for example).
The first step in avoiding bobbles is to choose the right washing cycle. The best washing cycle for your clothes depends on their fabric and the amount of detergent and/or softener you use, so it's important to experiment with different settings until you find one that works best.
Washing jumpers inside out helps to prevent the bobbles from forming in the first place, and will also make it easier to remove them once they've formed.
Wash jumpers inside out because:
To avoid having to deal with bobbles on your clothes, it's best to catch them early. You can remove smaller bobbles by hand or with a bobble remover. To do this, flip the garment inside out and gently pull at any loose fibres until they come free from the fabric. Use a sewing needle (or even a regular sewing pin) for stubborn bits that won't come off easily.
To prevent pilling in the future, check whether your clothes have been treated with anti-pilling additives before buying them—if so, make sure you read the washing instructions carefully and follow them when it comes time to launder. If not, then you can use an anti-pill spray after every wash cycle as an extra layer of protection against pilling.
To keep your clothes looking fresh, it's important to take care of them. You can do this by following a few simple steps:
Bobbles are an unfortunate side effect of wearing clothes, but there are ways to reduce their appearance. You can use a laundry bag and wash your jumpers inside out or choose the right washing cycle for your garments. Using a fabric conditioner is also a good idea because it helps to soften up fibres so they don’t stick together as much. If you want to keep those new trousers looking like new then take them off when you’re sitting down or lying on the floor – anything that causes friction against another surface will cause bobbles!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on what causes bobbles on clothes and remember to check back in the next few weeks for further fabric care information.
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