Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quick Tip: How to Remove Fabric Pilling from Upholstery

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Hey, Friends! Happy November! I can't believe we're about to be in full swing holiday mode! I have a Thanksgiving project as well as a couple Christmas projects coming your way soon!

Before all the holiday madness starts, I wanted to share a quick tip with you! You may remember that we have been slowly redoing our living room (See all of our living room projects here) and purchased a new sectional a year and a half ago. The original sectional pilled like crazy and the fabric slipped down on the cushions after only a couple months, so we exchanged our sectional for a different sectional.

The new one is much nicer and more comfortable, but it's doing that blasted pilling thing again and it's driving me bonkers! We've never had trouble with any of our furniture pilling until our sectional adventures. Not impressed. Getting our sectional exchanged took months and was a giant hassle. We really didn't want to go down that road again, especially since, unlike last time, nothing else was wrong with the sectional.

I made it my mission to figure out how to remove the pilling and have finally found the key! Introducing a fabric shaver! I saw one at The Container Store, but it was tiny and expensive. Thankfully, Amazon had one for only $12.99, so I decided to give it a try. Here's the exact one I bought*: Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer - Shaver

People, it is the BEST! I used gentle, slow, back and forth motions over the cushions on the highest setting and it did the job! The sectional had a year's worth of pilling collected on it, so I had to do a couple passes to get every last bit of pilling off. Still, it only took me about 20 minutes to do our entire sectional. Check it out! See all that nasty, nubby pilling?

Now, look how soft and smooth our couch is again! Good as new!

And a little before and after action for you-- the cushion on the right is finished and the cushion on the left is anxiously awaiting its makeover. ;) 

Pretty awesome, right? I'm so happy to have my soft couch back! Now that I have the fabric shaver, I can just go over any rough spots as they pop up! 

I read a lot of reviews saying that the fabric shaver saved sweaters and other materials and I'm itching to try it out on some of my clothes. Just be sure to test in an inconspicuous area and keep the fabric pulled taut!

I'll be back Thursday with another bathroom update! I can't wait to show you the faucet my hubby picked out!

1 comment:

  1. Well that is a very useful product. I also hate when the furniture pills like that. Can it also be used on clothing?


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