Updated on 25th Dec, arrive Europe countries in 12-13 days, arrive US in 13-15 days, all with tracking number.


Your Cart is Empty

Cashmere Pilling: How to Prevent and Remove it?

December 26, 2020 3 min read 3 Comments

Cashmere pilling is one kind of small hairballs we usually found on our cashmere scarves or sweaters. In this article, we are going to discuss why cashmere pilling occurs and how to prevent and remove it.

cashmere pillings on a sweater

Why does cashmere pilling occur?

Firstly, the structure of cashmere fiber is complex.

The cashmere fiber is composed of a scale layer and a cortex layer. The scale layer has a certain height and thickness, and some edges are sawtooth-shaped, like a barb, It is easy to cause the fibers to collide and stick together during the wearing process, which results in pilling.

Secondly, the fineness, length, and curl of cashmere fibers are unique.

Compared with Australian wool, cashmere has smaller fineness, shorter length, and fewer curls, so that the fiber has less cohesion in the yarn and is easy to cause pilling.

Thirdly, cashmere fibers have poor electrical resistance and poor electrical conductivity. When the clothes are worn, the fibers rub against each other, causing charges to accumulate in the fibers and generate static electricity. 

For example, when chemical fibers and cashmere are rubbed, fibers with different charges attract each other, which is easy to cause the fabric to fluff and pillied.

This is particularly serious when the weather is dry. Many fabrics will inevitably be pilled after rubbing. Cashmere pilling affects the appearance of the texture, but it does not cause any damage to the clothing itself.

How to prevent the pilling from cashmere?

1. The cashmere fiber is soft waxy, it won't be stiff if worn close to the body, but it will allow you to enjoy the skin-like softness. So wearing closely can avoid friction with other clothes to reduce the chance of pilling.

2. Try to match the clothes with smooth linings, such as down or other jackets with smooth lining, avoid wearing hard clothes such as denim. Special attention should also be paid to the parts with more friction in daily life, especially to reduce friction with other hard objects when wearing externally.

3. Cashmere fibers are easy to fatigue, so you should pay more attention to changing them when wearing them so that the cashmere fibers can be fully rested.

4. When you wash a cashmere scarf, soak in warm water with a special velvet detergent below 30°, knead, rinse off with water and then dry it, arrange it to the original flat tile and dry, avoid hanging exposure. Increased washing times will also reduce the life of cashmere scarves, you should also pay attention in washing process to avoid damage to the fiber.

How to remove the pillings from cashmere?

a pink cashmere pilling remover

If you find some pills on your sweater. please do not worry about it. There are some tools to help you remove it, such as cashmere combs, sweater shavers, or bristle brushes. After washing, lay your garment flat and brush across the surface to remove the pills.

Many people find that after their cashmere is pilling, the first thing is to forcefully pull the hairball off by hand. In fact, this is not a good solution.

You can also cut the hairball with scissors after cleaning the cashmere sweater (shaving with a razor or fader tool can easily cause secondary damage to the fiber). If you are afraid of improper handling, you can find a merchant to assist in handling.

Under normal circumstances, the hairball will appear at the beginning, but after removing it once, it will not be produced again.


All in all, from the cashmere fabric, the cashmere products with some pilling in normal is high quality cashmere. The pilling tells you if cashmere is real or not. You must keep your eyes open when buying it, do not be superstitious about the misunderstanding of "good cashmere, no ball".

Our website has been reviewed and approved by fashionlistings.org (Fashion Accessories Listings)

3 Responses


November 25, 2020

Yes, you need take care to get rid of cashmere pillings. You can find one cashmere comb to get it off.


November 08, 2020

This is the exact same reason why I tend to shy away from cashmere. It looks a million times better than your usual go-to sweaters but the pilling and extra care is insane!


October 30, 2020

Can I use a fabric shaver to get rid of all the pilling? I’m being extra careful with my RL cashmere sweater but it still happens. The quality should be on point, I’ve spent a lot on this sweater…

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Dr. Muxue cashmere products knowledge

How to Wear an Infinity Scarf?

January 08, 2021 4 min read 3 Comments

The infinity scarf is a very stylish item, and can make your outfit more colorful. This article tells you how to wear an infinity scarf.
Read More
a girl wearing a blanket scarf
How to Wear a blanket Scarf?

October 23, 2020 3 min read 1 Comment

Wearing a blanket scarf in different ways may make you look fashionable in different events. Here are some tips we share with you.
Read More
best cashmere scarf
Top 12 Best Cashmere Scarves You Need Know

July 14, 2020 5 min read 1 Comment

Here we carefully selected 12 fashionable best cashmere scarves with different prices and different wearing styles.
Read More