Sheets Have Little Balls of Lint After Drying?

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Help. I have sheets for my daughters room (disney) and it seems that in (one area only) the sheet material has balled up and is rough to lay on. I know that if it had lint I would take tape and go over the area and that would remove it. But does anyone know the best way to remove these little balls from the sheet without damage.


- ty

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By Ann (Guest Post)
July 22, 20040 found this helpful

It sounds like you can use one of those sweater shavers. these are a little shaver of sorts that you run over sweaters and other fabric that have little balled up spots of lint. you should be able to get one in a fabric store, I would think. I can't remember where we got ours, most likely the sewing section at a drug store or Wal-Mart.

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By Ginger (Guest Post)
July 22, 20040 found this helpful

You can use a regular razor (like you shave your legs with) and just shave them off.

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By Anne H. (Guest Post)
July 22, 20040 found this helpful

You might want to hang dry them if that is an option.

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By Dee (Guest Post)
July 22, 20040 found this helpful

The "pills" are from the threads used for the sheets. when getting twisted into thread, they used many different lengths, the ends are balling up most likely where your daughter sleeps, she moves and breaks more threads.


Sometimes just using Vinegar in the rinse cycle is enough to keep the threads from pilling. it works on sweatshirts... You could also try to starch sheets and iron them. the sheets are not as well made as they use to be, the more thread count the better.

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By Julie (Guest Post)
July 26, 20040 found this helpful

Those little balls on your daughter's sheets are caused by friction on sheets with low thread counts. When you buy new sheets wash them in cold water before using them and when washing them for the first time add some good liquid fabric softener. Just wash the sheets and pillow cases nothing else. To remove them take a large piece of bee's wax or soft bar of soap to protect your hand and press a double sided razor half way into the wax or bar.


Very carefully cut off the pills (little balls) a few at a time. It is less likly you will cut yourself if you hold the sheet taught with the other hand on a hard surface. It works best if you take your time and use the razor lightly.

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June 2, 20170 found this helpful

Don't use fabric causes pilling on everything, including baby clothes.

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