How to Delint a Sweater

by Kimbry Parker
Prevent lint from forming on your sweaters by washing them properly.

Prevent lint from forming on your sweaters by washing them properly.

A lint-filled sweater can transform your outfit from chic to sloppy. Lint is the result of broken or short fibers that’s caused when the fabric is rubbed together against other fabrics, or against itself through normal wear. Picking off each lint ball one by one will delint your sweater, but you’d spend quite a bit of time doing it. Pursue a more efficient option to delint your sweater to get it back in circulation in your wardrobe.

Lay the sweater on a flat surface, such as a table, counter or ironing board. Spread it out so the fabric is taut.

Move a clean, sharp disposable razor over the sweater, turning the sweater on its side and back to treat all of the linted area. Apply light pressure and move the razor slowly to avoid cutting the fabric. Wipe the blade with a rag after each pass to remove the collected lint. Continue doing this until the entire sweater has been delinted.

Use a sweater stone or electric pill shaver if any lint remains. Run the shaver or stone slowly over the sweater to lift the lint. Pick up any loosened piles of lint from the sweater with your fingers.

Items you will need

  • Clean disposable razor
  • Rag
  • Sweater stone or electric pill shaver


  • To prevent lint from forming on your sweater, wash lint-producing fabrics like fleece and flannel separate from other garments. Also, use the shortest wash cycle possible, don’t overstuff the washing machine, use the appropriate water level and turn sweaters inside to help prevent lint.
  • Buy electric pill shavers and sweater stones at most retailers that sell clothing.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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