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Sock Pilling: Common Phenomena and Causes

Sep 28, 2023

Pilling socks

In the course of our daily wear, we often encounter the phenomenon of "pilling" of socks, which not only affects the aesthetics of the socks, but also often makes us have doubts about the quality. But did you know? Pilling of socks is a very common phenomenon and has its own natural causes and mechanisms. In this blog, we'll reveal how sock pilling works and how it is actually a norm.

The Science of Pilling

  • The effect of friction
When socks rub against shoes or the ground during wear, the fibres on the surface of the sock are affected by friction, which causes the fibres to break or loosen from the base and gather on the surface to form small balls.

 

  • Material

The material of the sock is also an important factor in the pilling phenomenon. For example, cotton and wool textured socks are more prone to pilling than synthetics, as their fibres are more likely to break and shed. Our uu online series is cotton yarns that are light and breathable, with a delicate cotton texture that is soft on the skin.

 


Pilling is actually a common occurrence

  • The relationship between quality and pilling

While many people equate pilling with poor quality, the reality is that even high-quality socks are difficult to avoid completely. This is because socks are bound to experience friction and pulling during use.

  • How to minimise pilling

Although pilling is the norm, we can minimise it by doing the following:

Try to avoid intense exercise or activity while wearing new socks to minimise friction.
When washing, socks can be turned on their backs to reduce direct friction damage to the fibres.

For more on sock care see our care instructions.

Understanding the science of sock pilling and its normative nature can help us deal with this phenomenon more rationally, as well as take better care of and prolong the life of our socks. We hope that through this blog, you have gained a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of sock pilling!

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