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How to Minimise Bobbling

Call it pilling, call it bobbling or simply call it that seriously annoying thing that only ever seems to happen to your favourite clothes, it is the kind of headache that affects most people. The only thing worse than having clothes you are not exactly in love with is to have a wardrobe full of clothes you simply love, though hesitate to wear as they start bobbling like mad with each wash/wear. You have invested in all kinds of gadgets and tried all hacks in the book to get rid of it, but no matter how many times you have to deal with it, it’s not long before bobbling returns.

The good news is that according to the experts in new fashion shoes and women’s fashion, there is in fact a lot anyone can do to stop, or at least minimise bobbling on clothing. Most of it comes down to the garments you select in the first place, but regardless of what types of clothes you already have, there are many ways and means by which bobbles can be reduced.

Give the following tips a try and chances are you will find a solution to your bobbling problem:

1 – Avoid Fibre Blends

First up, while there is nothing in the world particularly wrong with clothes made from various different fibres, these happen to be the kinds of clothes that are more prone to bobbling. Certain fibre blends can produce beautiful clothes that are both easy to care for and robust. Nonetheless, if there are three separate fibres in the garment or even more, it’s quite likely this will be a piece of clothing more prone to bobbling. It all comes down to the way in which the fibres react with one another, both while in the wash and while being worn.

2 – Tight Weaves

It’s not a secret that when it comes to problematic bobbling, clothes like knitted sweaters usually top the table. This is because pilling is directly associated to the looseness or tightness of the weave of a given garment – the latter reducing pilling and the former being more prone to bobbling. Naturally, this does not mean that it is in any way sensible or necessary to entirely forsake a pretty huge catalogue of clothing options. Nonetheless, it is just a case of realising that when you do invest in loose-weave garments that are more prone to bobbling, they should be handled with more care and attention.

3 – Wash Inside Out

One of the number one rules when it comes to avoiding damage and bobbling during the washing process is to wash all delicate garments inside out. The biggest trigger of bobbling is the friction caused when clothes rub together in the machine – those looser weave garments being more susceptible. And as it does not really matter if there is some bobbling on the inside, it just makes sense to wash clothes inside out. On a similar note, you may also want to dry them inside out and hang them in your wardrobe inside out, in order to minimise friction as much as possible.

4 – Hand Wash

The simple fact of the matter is that no matter how gentle the gentlest cycle on your washing machine can be, it still is not going to be as gentle as your own hands can be. It may be a bit of a laborious job, but if you really wish to look after your most beloved clothes, one of the best ways of avoiding bobbling is to start washing them by hand. It does not necessarily need to be a very strenuous process – some people even find it therapeutic!

5 – Hang Dry

Last up, the best way of drying clothes to minimise bobbling problems is to hang them and let them dry naturally. Even if it says that the piece of clothing in question is suitable for tumble drying, you will still be putting it through a pretty punishing process that could cause a fair bit of damage. It is much better to stick to air drying, using a robust hanger or quality rack. And as discussed already, drying and storing your clothes inside out could make all the difference when it comes to avoiding bobbling.