September 04, 2020 2 min read


Pilling is the formation of small balls of short wool fibres on the surface of the fabric. Garments made of shorter fibres are more likely to pill. Luckily, merino is soft, elastic and the fibres are long, so they are less likely to pill.

Pilling occurs through everyday wearing of the garments and by being washed in a washing machine.

If you do experience a bit of pilling on your merino garments, don't be alarmed. This is just the short fibres leaving the surface. Once gone, pilling will not re-appear on your merino garment.

We have chosen not to cover our garments with a synthetic coating, so the short fibres will naturally appear and go away, and you will be pill free after that!


The best way to wash your merino to prevent pilling is by hand washing... but if you don't have time for that then using a wool or gentle cycle on your washing machine is just as good.

 Things to remember if you are washing your merino in the washing machine:

  • Ensure your garments are turned inside out - this means that if any pilling does occur, it will be on the inside of your garment.
  • Make sure you are not putting too many items of clothing in your washing machine - if there is too much inside there is little room for movement and this increases the chances of pilling.
  • Another great idea is to put your merino inside a mesh laundry bag for extra protection!
  • It is important to dry and store your garments flat, to ensure they keep their shape.


How to remove pilling.

There are two ways to remove pilling from your merino garments.

The first option is an electric fabric shaver. This is the most time efficient method of removing those unwanted lint balls. There are lots of affordable options on Amazon. Here is a link to one that we have found which is lightweight and uses batteries which makes it convenient for travelling.



The second option is a lint comb. To use this, just place your garment on a flat surface and run the comb over it. The one in the link below is made of real wood and is Eco-friendly, only using renewable resources. It does not contain any toxins or harsh chemicals so you can feel safe using it on your children's merino.


Here is a link to a YOUTUBE clip, demonstrating how to use both of these methods...