How to Get Pills Off of a Cashmere Sweater

by Mimi Bullock ; Updated July 18, 2017

Avoid wearing a sweater too frequently to limit pilling.

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Whether your favorite sweater is made from expensive, quality cashmere or a cheaper cashmere and wool blend, you may see pilling after a few wears. Unsightly pills appear as little balls when groups of fibers break and mat. You can reduce the amount of pilling by following the manufacturer’s care instructions, but even good care will not eliminate pills completely. When you see them, pull out your de-pilling tools and get to work.

Lay the sweater on a flat surface, such as a bed or table. Locate the pills on the sweater.

Pick away loose pills with your fingers or grab them with a piece of adhesive tape.

Carefully cut away pills with manicure scissors or a razor blade. Trim away the balls of fabric but do not cut too closely to the fabric.

Drag an electric fabric shaver across the sweater to remove pilling.

Brush a sweater stone lightly over the pills to collect them. De-fluff the stone occasionally to keep the stone smooth.


  • Pilling may be caused by the cashmere rubbing against clothing or accessories, so limit contact with a handbag or belt to reduce pilling.

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About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.