How to Stop Sheets Pilling? │A guide Wholesale Beddings

Do your Bed sheets pill? Don’t know what to do? Feeling particularly irritated? Then read on and find out what you can do to stop this!

Let’s start by explaining what pilling actually means.

Pilling is that shabby look of your new sheets after you have washed and dried them. It results due to a surface defect made up of small fibers. They are the little balls of fabric that appear on your brand new sheets. Pilling sheets can look thin or rough and unsightly. They may feel scratchy and uncomfortable when you sleep on such sheets. Long time use and many washings may cause this, however, this is not always the case.

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This may happen to a number of different types of sheets, especially of cotton, although silk and linen are less likely to pill. The length of the fabric’s fibers play a significant role. If you are searching for sheets that pill less and possess greater durability, cotton sheets are your best option. The reason for this is that long staple cotton fibers are extra-long, silky, and fine. It takes longer for the threads to loosen and bunch up. This allows for cotton sheets to last longer and remain soft and smooth for years to come, particularly for cotton and polyester blend sheets.   

But, believe it or not, there are techniques you can adopt to reduce, and even prevent, the pilling of brand new sheets. Keep reading to know more!

4 Points To Consider In Order To Prevent Sheets From Pilling


First and foremost, quality is the first thing you should look into when purchasing new bed sheets. Don’t just consider the material (not that it doesn’t matter as well), but also contemplate on thread count. The higher the thread count, the better your chances are that your sheets will not pill. Higher thread counts are less likely to pill than others because the threads are longer and woven tightly together minimizing friction and movement                          Royal Tradition Woven Dots 600 Thread Count Sheet Collection  Extra Deep Pocket Sheets Wrinkle-Free Sheets

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FrictionRubbing Sheets Together

Directly rubbing the sheets together, such as physically trying to remove a specific stain on the sheet, has its negative effects. Sheets should be washed on the gentle cycle to avoid agitating the fabric of the sheets. Add mild detergent to the water in the washing machine and wait till it has completely dissolved before putting your sheets inside the washer.


Washing sheets in HOT WATER is another reason for pilled sheets. Set your washing machine to the cold water and on the gentle cycle to prevent the sheets from shrinking 

and fading their colors. You should not use harsh detergents, bleach, or fabric 

softeners when washing your sheets.


If possible, hang your sheets so they can air dry instead of using the dryer. This will minimize the wear and tear caused by the dryer’s tumbling movements. If there is no way or place to hang your sheets, then set the dryer setting to the low heat cycle. Remove immediately after the cycle ends so as not to over-dry the fabric’s fibers. Remove the lint from the lint basket.

So, by investing in high thread count and high quality bed sheets, and following the simple washing and drying instructions, you are able to thwart the future pilling of your brand new or even older bed sheets and even prevent this from ever ruining the look and feel of your sheets. If your sheets do begin to pill, just trim away the little balls of fabric, either with a small pair of scissors or with a clothes shaver.

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26th Dec 2016 Mary Bell. Bedding Specialist I Wholesale Beddings

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