So you want to know what those small and annoying bobbles that are appearing on your clothes after you’ve worn them a few times..? In this guide we explain what lint is and why it appears on your clothes.
Simply put, lint is a build-up or accumulation of fabric fibres on your clothes. A number of different materials, such as cotton, linen and wool contain tightly packed fibres, which over time and during the course of normal use separate and form small bobbles, also known as lint, on the surface of your garment.
More often than not, lint gatherers around the creased areas of garments or on the heavily used areas such as sleeves and cuffs. In addition, lint occurs during the course of washing and drying. The more a garment is worn, washed and dried, the more susceptible it is to the formation of lint.
Harder and sturdier fabrics, such as cotton and wool are ordinarily more likely to suffer from the formation of lint bobbles than softer more delicate fabrics such as silk and synthetic fibres.
The formation of lint is an inevitable part of simply wearing your clothes, but it can obviously be annoying if it’s making your favourite jumper look old before its time. Whilst lint cannot be fully irradiated it can be minimised by following a few simple rules:
The 2-main reasons lint builds-up on clothes are wear, which can't be prevented and how your clothes are laundered with tumble drying being probably the most damaging process to your clothes. Fortunately, there are a number of other less damaging options available to you:
We have a detailed post on how to remove lint bobbles from clothes, but the main options are:
Lint occurs on stronger fabrics such as cotton and wool during the course of normal use and washing. It can’t necessarily be eradicated altogether, but can be minimsed and/or prevented from occurring by following a number of easy-to-follow rules. If your favourite jumper is starting to lint, it’s definitely worth the small amount of time and effort it takes to make it look better for longer.
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