If you have recently purchased an upholstered piece of furniture, or are considering purchasing one soon, here s some helpful information you should know.

While we try our best to only choose fabrics that are not prone to pilling, fabric pilling can be a common issue with new upholstery. A characteristic of many fabrics, pilling is caused by excess fiber that creates small balls or pills on the surface of the upholstery. Although this condition is not warranted by the fabric mills, it s ok! It is not actually a defect of the fabric, but rather a matter of regular furniture maintenance. The fiber on each individual strand of thread used to weave the material working through the weave itself. The occurrence is very similar to the fuzzing experience with new carpeting or the pilling of a new sweater.


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You may feel like the fabric is disintegrating or that a bald spot may appear on the fabric. Luckily, this is not the case! As with carpets and sweaters, the pilling will persist until any excess fiber is gone. Then you should see a decrease in pilling.

So what do you do if your new sofa is pilling? It s simple. fabric-shaver-fabric-pilling-upholsteryThe best treatment for fabric pilling is to simply shave the cover with a battery shaver (you can get these at most fabric stores). This will remove the pills and restore the look of the fabric. The type of maintenance may need to be done two or three weeks times until the pilling begins to diminish.

Along with removing pills, it s important to remember some regular maintenance on your upholstered furniture can go a long way in preserving its appearance. Periodic vacuuming and cleaning will help to prolong the life and look of your furniture. Rotating and flipping cushions is also a great way to maintain the look and shape of your upholstered piece.

If you d like to learn more about regular furniture maintenance and care, visit our Furniture Care page. Or, please feel free to contact us at 215-355-4800 or service@oskarhuber.com.