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Beginner's guide: How to use a fabric shaver

It might sound self-explanatory, and in a way it definitely is. But there’s more to this device than meets the eye. Read our article on how to use Pilo 1 Fabric Shaver.


A fabric shaver, also called debobbler, is a handy tool for removing pilling from textiles. Steamery's Pilo 1 Fabric Shaver has three precision-made razor blades and a surprisingly strong motor, that actually originates from an electric razor. The high speed helps eliminate the risk of pilling getting stuck in the shaving membrane. Thus, you can safely shave off lint and pilling.


Can I use a fabric shaver on all fabrics?


Short answer: Yes, you can.

But always be careful and increase the pressure gradually. By gently trying a small part of the fabric you will easily find out if the material is on the too delicate side or not. Keep in mind, in our opinion no materials are too delicate for our product. A small dose of common sense will take you far – a heavy rug may be too much even for the Pilo 1.


Can I remove pilling from furniture?


Definitely! Just like knitted sweaters attract pilling, so can cushions, armrests, and blankets.


How to use a fabric shaver


    1. Make sure the Pilo 1 has been cleaned properly and remove the leftover lint and fuzz from the last time you used the machine.
    2. Put your garment on a flat surface.
    3. Press the On/Off button and start circling the areas with pilling carefully.
    4. Increase pressure gradually.
    5. If you’re working on a heavily pilled garment you need to check the container and empty it after a while (you normally feel and hear when the machine starts to run a little slower).
    6. Done!

How to clean Pilo 1 Fabric Shaver


When you notice that the Pilo 1 is working slow, or if it stops running even if the indicator lamp is green, the container is full. Time to clean!


Unscrew the plastic ring.


Remove the mouthpiece in perforated metal by gently lifting it off (be careful, underneath are sharp razors!). Use the brush to remove the razors.


Remove all fuzz.


The razors can be cleaned with the small brush.


Everything clean? No fuzz left anywhere? Then you're done. Put the razor blades back and attach the mouthpiece and screw back the plastic ring. Now it's ready to be used again.


We strongly believe this device has a fair chance of entering your list of the best household gadgets. Good luck!

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