The clothing we wear has to battle all of the natural elements alongside the occasional wear and tear in everyday life. Therefore, your beautiful tailored jacket or cashmere jumper may pick up some unwanted fibres or particles on the fabric surface, resulting in you becoming tempted to use a lint roller to help keep your clothing clean and precise.
As part of our YouTube details series, fashion consultant Chris Modoo explains why you should never use a lint roller on your clothing and offers an alternative solution.
How Lint Rollers Remove Lint
As we see in the video above, it's the glue adhesive on the outside is the main issue with using a lint roller. The adhesive is helpful for physically sticking to your fabric and collecting lint and other particles, however, this damages the fabric by leaving a sticky residue behind on the clothing. This texture can then matte the fabric, leaving it prone to collecting even more dust and lint in the future, becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy as it starts attracting even more lint and dust.
Unfortunately, alongside the damage caused to clothing, disposable lint rollers are the source of millions of plastic-coated sheets of sticky paper put into landfills every year. Sadly, single-use lint roller sheets are not recyclable, and neither is the thin plastic frame holding them.
Use a High Quality Clothing Brush
As explained by Chris, using a good quality, traditional clothing brush such as the below featured in the video from Kent, doesn’t harm the fabric and reduces the need for dry cleaning, becoming an investment piece over time.
The brush used in the video example is a cashmere care clothes brush designed to help keep fabrics free from fibres, fluff, and pet hair. The cashmere care dark wood clothes brush filled with black and white bristle is ideal for wool, silk, and cashmere.