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The day-to-day washing and wearing of sweaters causes piling, or balling and fraying of the fibers that compose the sweater. Pilling is visually unappealing, but more importantly, it can lead to additional fraying of the garment. By removing the pilling you can help lengthen the life of your favorite Patagonia sweater. And we all know that old sweaters are the coziest.

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    • Lay the sweater flat on a table. Identify the pilled area of the sweater. It will be covered in little balls of fuzz.

    • Grab your sweater stone.

    • If you ever forget how to remove piling, there is a handy diagram on the back of the box.

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    • Working along the grain of the sweater, gently brush the sweater with the sweater stone.

    • As you use the stone you may notice a funny smell, that is a natural part of the stone which is released as it crumbles away. You will also notice small pieces of debris, as the stone cuts away pills it also breaks apart slowly. Simply shake out the sweater when you are done to remove debris.

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    • Lift the sweater stone.

    • To prevent snags, always lift the sweater stone when changing directions.

    • Brush the sweater stone the opposite direction along the grain of the sweater.

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    • Continue brushing until the pilling is removed.

    • Clean your sweater stone by rubbing your hand across the stone to remove the lint.

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I also have used a disposable razor to shave pills and fuzz off of Patagonia sweaters and capilene - it worked really well. Just lightly run it down the sweater. If any fuzz is persistent, do the same but perpendicular to the first direction you used. It made my sweater and capilene pants look like new again!

AE3 - Reply

Yup, right there with AE3, disposable razor: they last a long time, and they can be re-sharpened a bit by shaving a piece of glass (nothing is disposable). This sweater stone looks kinda like pumice. I’m curious about it, but I wouldn’t buy one.

Rue Koegel - Reply

Can you use a sweater stone on the Nano-Air to remove piling as well?

Trey - Reply

This is the first time I've heard of this "sweater stone". I've never thought of any kind of method to get rid of the ruffled fabric of a sweater. But this tip made me think about doing this lolbeans

leblanc clark - Reply

Your tip is useful. More tips for everyone to know. please. Idle mining empire

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