Lilly Brush

By Lilly Brush


We like this thing a lot. Here’s Ann’s post explaining her love of this simple, effective tool for de-pilling.

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We are totally cutting and pasting the wisdom of the Lilly Brush folks here. These people have thought about de-pilling at a level that we find admirable.

Why use the Lilly Brush?

Specially designed nylon bristles are gentle on sweater weaves but tough on pills. Lilly Brush will not shave a hole in your sweater.

What can it save?

Lilly Brush works on 100 percent natural fibers including cotton, wool, cashmere, angora, silk, hemp, and alpaca.

How do I de-pill my sweater using Lilly Brush?

Simple! Hold the affected garment on a firm surface. Applying moderate pressure, sweep Lilly Brush across pilled areas in any direction. For best results, occasionally pinch and discard the collected pills from the surface of the brush throughout the de-pilling operation.

How do I use Lilly Brush as a lint remover?

Lilly Brush works well as an on-the-go lint and pet hair remover Using moderate pressure, briskly sweep Lilly Brush over clothing or even upholstery fabrics. For washable fabrics, dampen Lilly Brush to eliminate static electricity which will in turn prevent more lint and pet hair from being attracted to your garment.

How do I clean Lilly Brush?

Wash Lilly Brush with water and light soap, then tap briskly to disengage any remaining sweater or lint fibers with the excess water. Allow Lilly Brush to dry thoroughly before placing the cover over the brush.

What causes sweaters to pill?

Sweater pills form when the ends of knitted fibers work loose from the weave of the garment. Friction across these loose ends pull them further and further out until they form knotted bundles of fiber on the surface of the sweater.

Lilly Brush only guarantees results on natural fibers. Why not artificial fibers as well?

Unsightly pilling on acrylic, nylon, and polyester garments is all too common, but sadly, not easily or safely solvable. The length and strength of artificial fibers work to hold pills tightly to the surface of these garments. Effective de-pilling options are limited to products that sand or shave the pills from the affected clothing. In contrast, natural fibers like wool, cashmere and cotton are shorter and more fragile so pills are better removed with safer and less aggressive methods such as Lilly Brush.

Is it true that dry-cleaning will prevent sweaters from pilling?

No, sweaters will pill with wear no matter how you clean them. Many dry-cleaners actually include de-pilling in their price for sweater cleaning.