Why do trousers have holes these days

These holes in T-shirts are not from bugs

When it comes to holes in textiles, many people often think of moths, fur beetles or other textile pests. But these small insects are rarely to blame for the damage to T-shirts, tops or other tops. How do the holes come about? Can they be prevented?

Have you recently bought a T-shirt and now discover two or more small holes in it? Moths or fur beetles are not always responsible for the damage to textiles. In part, they are also caused by your behavior. There are four ways in which the damage occurs.

Option 1: friction and wear

The fabric of many clothing items these days is relatively thin. If outerwear is tucked into the trousers, the metal parts such as buttons can rub against the fabric or it can get jammed. As a result of this constant stress on the T-shirt fabric, the textile fibers are more worn and can tear.

Sometimes it can also happen that the T-shirt is pinched by the zipper when it is tucked into the pants. In this case, the trigger of the holes is obvious.

If T-shirts are not tucked into the pants, small holes can also appear in the outer clothing - at least when wearing a belt buckle. Here the metal rubs against the inside of the textile fiber, which can wear out as a result.

You can prevent this damage by checking your zipper, belt buckle or button for sharp edges. Furthermore, you can consciously ensure that the T-shirt does not get trapped when you close the zipper or the belt buckle.

Possibility 2: Mistakes in washing clothes

The friction damage to T-shirts is not only caused by wearing. Metal buttons, zippers and other fasteners can also lead to small holes in textiles in the washing machine. The fibers can get caught on the metal parts during the wash or spin cycle. Due to the force with which the laundry is washed, the stuck button or zipper then tears out the fibers of the T-shirt. A hole is created.

This damage can be prevented by placing delicate and thin textiles in a laundry bag before you put them in the laundry. Alternatively, you can wash the clothes separately.

Possibility 3: Damage in the washing drum

If there are holes in the T-shirts despite all the caution when washing the laundry, it may also be due to a defect in the laundry drum. The textiles can also get caught on sharp edges, small bumps or other damage during the washing process.

You can prevent this damage by regularly inspecting your laundry drum for damage. It is often enough to feel the inside with your hand.

Possibility 4: Mistake in the material

It can happen that mistakes have crept in during the manufacture of the T-shirts, tops or sweatshirts. Material damage - for example to the threads - can also lead to the defects and thus damage to the textiles.

Check that the garment is undamaged when you try it on.

Or was it moths after all?

Despite these possibilities, it cannot be ruled out that textile pests have also caused the holes in your T-shirts. In this case, it is important to completely clear out the wardrobe and chests of drawers, to clean them, to check all textiles for moth or beetle infestation and then to dispose of or wash them.

The position of the holes can indicate a textile pest in the wardrobe. If these are preferably near the sweat glands - for example on the armpits - or on socks, you should examine your wardrobe accordingly.