Asked on Mar 11, 2018

How to remove fuzzy white balls from quilt?

Linda Petras
by Linda Petras
I have a navy blue quilt that all of a sudden has these little white fuzzy balls all over it. Any suggestions on how to get rid of them other than using a lent brush?

  6 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 11, 2018

    a few things come to mind...fabric quality used to make the quilt is one. type of fabric is the other. some fabrics "pill" when washed repeatedly. before you try to remove them make sure the stitching is intact and those white balls are not loose threads. have you heard of a sweater shaver? its a devise similar to a mans electric razor. it removes the "pills"

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 11, 2018

    Hi Linda,

    I was also thinking of a sweater shaver if your quilt is pilled. Another thing that might help is "a woman's favorite helper" - duct tape. I use duct tape all the time to remove kitty fur from my comforter. It's the same idea as a lint roller, but a lot less expensive for a large item. I cut or tear of strips of tape and press them on my comforter. I'll do several at a time. Then I'll take them all off and move them to another place. Depending on how much is pulled up, you can use these strips 2-3 times. Then toss them and cut more until you're done. I hope one of these ideas helps. Wishing you the best!

    • Linda Petras Linda Petras on Mar 11, 2018

      I did think about the duct tape too. I'll try the shaver and the duct tape. Surely one of these will do the trick. Thank you

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 11, 2018

    They make lint shaver still that remove those fuzzy white balls that collect on everything. They do work really well. If I have to, I have been know to carefully use a razor to do the job!

  • Alice Alice on Mar 11, 2018

    Try using a dull razor. I say dull, so you won't accidentally cut the quilt. I've done this many times on my clothes and it works very well

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Mar 11, 2018

    If you can lay it over your table and have a steady hand, you can use a regular old razor. But sweater shavers are much safer and not very expensive.

    Next time you wash it put it blue-side-in in one of the very large mesh laundry bags. Most recommend using warm or cold water rather than hot, using vinegar as your softener, and using the gentle cycle.

    The pilling is caused mailing by the friction In washer and dryer.

  • Kelli Ganiban Kelli Ganiban on Oct 10, 2020

    I had a very pilled dark blue quilt. After many trials of razors, pumice stone, old style velvet lint brush, that was tedious to use, I even tried my Amope callous remover that worked pretty good for the most part but I was concerned about harming the fabric itself.

    The winner hands down was first using a hand vaccum to loosen the pilling followed by the hook side of velcro!

    YES, VELCRO!!!

    I first tried loose pieces of velcro hook then I got smart and remembered I had a sanding block for sandpaper that had a fairly large piece of attached velcro hook glued to it. It worked like a charm! I picked up any left over pilling with duct tape that I took a piece, made a loop and wrapped around my hand. I then gave it a quick final vaccum. My quilt looks like new without damage and was quick and easy to do. Hope this helps someone!