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Socks that show bobbling when washed in a washing machine


"Bobbles" on the surface of cotton fabric, caused by broken fibres which may also give the appearance of fading.

This damage cannot and will not be caused by your washing machine being faulty, it is a result of incorrect cycle choice for the fabrcs being washed and/or using the wrong detergent for the garments.


"Bobbling" can be removed by brushing, cutting or picking "bobbles" from the fabric. There is no treatment for fading once it has happened, although fabrics can often be redyed.

Cause & Prevention


When cotton or cotton rich garments are washed and worn repeatedly the friction causes fibres to break leaving bobbles on the surface.

This is most often caused by using the incorrect wash cycle that has too strong a wash action, a higher than recommended drum agitation level for the fabric.


Use the correct wash cycle and follow the care labels on the garments.


Fading of fabrics happens mainly with cotton. Repeated washing and wearing can cause the loss of some dye intensity. This effect occurs less with better quality dyed fabrics and by choosing the correct detergent.


Use Ariel Colour or an alternative colour detergent to reduce fading and keep your clothes looking newer for longer.


  How You Can Get Help With Laundry Problems

To offer support in helping people to determine the cause of laundry problems please use the washing machine support forum.

It’s fast, free, easy and normally someone will pick up on the post that can assist you often with a few experts chipping in if needed. Just register if you don’t have ab account, we don’t mail you, send you spam or any of that stuff.

Post up your question and give images if you possibly can and the guys in the forums will do the rest for you and try to identify the problem you have.

Cost you nothing, might save you some embarrassment or worse, a charge for a service visit that wasn’t needed.

  Photographs Of Damage

If you can post photographs of the damage or problem you are having this can be really helpful in allowing the technicians to see what the problem is.

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