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How to stop clothes bobbling

Worried about bobbles appearing on your favourite clothes? Don’t panic. We have a simple guide to help you learn how to stop clothes bobbling in no time.

Updated By Cleanipedia Team

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Pilling on clothes can cause your garments to look well past their best, even if you’ve only worn them a handful of times. Those little balls of fluff found on bobbly clothes can be quite noticeable and take a bit of time to get rid of. If you’re wondering “why do clothes bobble”, and how to get rid of bobbles on clothes, we’ve got the answer for you – and tips to stop it happening too. Read on to discover our simple steps you can follow to ensure you know how to stop clothes bobbling in no time at all.

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How to stop clothes bobbling

If you’ve noticed bobbly clothes after washing, and want to prevent it from happening again, we’ve got you covered. Here are 8 simple tips you can follow:

  1. Separate your clothes before putting them in to wash.

    Separating your clothes by fabric can help stop clothes bobbling. For example, be careful not to wash terry cloth items with polyester, as any lint will cling to broken fibres. Also, delicates shouldn’t be washed with harsher fabrics like jeans as these could cause abrasion.

  2. Don’t overload the washing machine.

    Wondering “why are my clothes bobbling?” Overloading the washing machine could be the reason. If there are too many clothes in the drum, they won’t move freely and there’s more chance of damage to the clothes’ surface.

  3. Wash on the correct cycle.

    Always check the care label and wash your clothing accordingly. For example, if you’re washing a jumper, you’ll want to wash it on a short, delicate cycle.

  4. Use a gentle, liquid detergent.

    A liquid detergent can do wonders and help stop jumpers bobbling. Powders can sometimes rub up against clothes as they dissolve in the washing machine, leading to those noticeable fluffy balls appearing on your favourite clothes.

  5. Use a mild fabric conditioner.

    We recommend using a softener like Comfort Ultimate Care Fresh Sky which protects clothes against damage and offers long-lasting fragrance. Pour a 15ml dose into the fabric conditioner drawer of your washing machine alongside your usual detergent. Do not pour directly onto fabrics.

  6. Wash your clothes inside out.

    By turning your clothing inside out you are making the inside part of the fabric the outside – and this is where bobbling most often occurs. If the above steps don’t work 100%, and bobbling does occur, at least it’ll be on the inside of the garment making it less noticeable.

  7. Consider handwashing.

    If you have the time, the gentlest way to wash your clothes is by hand using a specialist detergent. This will help you to avoid the excessive friction that causes bobbling in the first place.

  8. Brush your clothes regularly.

    This will help you to smooth out the fabric, which will allow it to wash better and prevent unwanted bobbling.

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These tips should hopefully help to stop clothes bobbling – but if they do still occur, it’s not the end of the world. Follow our tips on how to get rid of bobbles on clothes to return your clothes to their former glory. For more information and answers to FAQs about what makes clothes bobble read below.

Frequently asked questions about how to stop clothes bobbling

Why do clothes go bobbly?

Wondering, “why do my clothes go bobbly?” It’s both useful and interesting to know what causes bobbles on clothes and we can help. Bobbling happens when friction causes the fibres on the clothes’ surface to rub together. The abrasion causes a build-up of fibres with lay on top of the fabric in the form of little fluffy balls.

Are some fabrics more prone to bobbling?

Sadly, yes! Wool, cotton, polyester, and nylon can all be affected by bobbling while linen and silk tend to avoid the problem.

Why do clothes bobble under the arms and down the sides the most?

The underarm area and down the side of jumpers and cardigans are often the worst-hit due to the sleeves rubbing against the body of the garment. The two parts rubbing against each other increase the amount of bobble causing friction in the wash.

How do I stop my clothes bobbling?

It’s easier than you think to stop jumpers bobbling – and other clothes too. From washing your clothes inside out, to using a good quality fabric conditioner like Comfort, our 8-step guide can help you learn how to stop clothes bobbling.

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