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Thread: Anyone have any ideas on what to do about removing pet fur from quilts?

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    Super Member Mamagus's Avatar
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    I see a lot of pictures of "pet approved" quilts here so I am hoping someone might have a home remedy or commercial product that works to rid quilts of dog fur.

    I have been making quilts to sell this fall and I notice the fur a lot more when the quilt is going to a new home. I have a schnauzer who rarely leaves fur on anything but my dear sweet sheltie more than makes up for his brother. Finn's fur gets everywhere and sticks like glue.

    Normally it doesn't bother me but when I am packaging a quilt to send somewhere I put them in the dryer and use lint brushes but I wonder if anyone out there has any better ideas???

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    Sounds just like here... lol!!!!
    It's funny how it always shows up so much more when it's been sold!
    I've always just used scotch tape, or packing tape, which is larger. lol!!

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    I bought a Pledge pet hair picker-upper. It worked really well on my car upholstry, which has proven to be a problem in the past. You might try one of them.

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    Wow, do I ever know what you mean! My Sheltie killed three vacuum cleaners in her lifetime. :shock: That undercoat is something else!! I use one of those sticky lint rollers that is labeled for pet hair. They claim it is 50% stickier than the regular ones. Got it at the grocery store (cheap) and it works beautifilly on ultra fine cat hair.

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    I usually use the sticky tape rollers. It picks up cat hair really well. I'm wanting to try the Pledge too.

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    Throw them in the dryer w/ a dryer sheet and the hair comes off.
    Shake a few times before throwing in dryer to loosen the hair. I have the same problem w/ pet hair :wink:

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    I use contact paper and cut it in large sheets then just lay it on the area and rub it really well before pulling it off. It is stickier than the rollers and covers a much larger area. I use it on my sofa too. On black clothes it will get all those little pieces of lint too.

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    My sewing room is off limits to the cats..and the dog is an outside only dog. Thank goodness as he is a golden retriever, and leaves hair clumps in the yard...I hate to think what he would leave in the house!!!!!

    However, since you are in need of a solution.....my gf has a very hairy cat that leaves hair everywhere. She has found that either the pet hair rollers, or the 2" wide packing tape works best on clothing. I would think either would work as well on a quilt. Keep us updated on what you find to work best.

    Patti

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    I use the sticky rollers. It seems like quilts attract pet hair from everywhere.

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    Rubber/latex gloves work well to clump the hair so you can pick it off. Finish up with the sticky roller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebe
    Throw them in the dryer w/ a dryer sheet and the hair comes off.
    Shake a few times before throwing in dryer to loosen the hair. I have the same problem w/ pet hair :wink:
    Yes, this works really well, also with cat hair, which I have the most problem with. It comes right off.

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    Another suggestion for the sticky tape: I read a long time ago that it's helpful if you get lily pollen on something. And it does the job, at least mostly! (File this away for Easter...)

    By extension: it also works well if you have a dusty/dirty smudge on a piece of fabric. Using the tape doesn't rub the dirt into the fibers of the fabric. I've rescued quite a few fabrics this way!

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    Dryer...dryer sheet...then I whisk it immediately out of the dryer into a garbage sack (never letting it touch anything) and then out for delivery

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    I guess I will have a look around the dollar stores and Wal-mart for
    Sticky tape
    Contact paper
    Bounce pet hair sheets
    Pledge sweeper thingy
    Sticky rollers
    Rubber gloves...

    and try and keep Finn off the chair I sit in while doing the bindings. (they don't like the sewing room)

    Thanks folks!

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    Throwing it in the dryer with a bounce sheet will get most off. You can just put it int here on warm, and let it run and it will remove the hair

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    :lol: Y'all just don't know, try to top this..............

    I have my Irish Setter/Lab mix that is the quality control manager, she is pretty cool about just wanting to sniff each block as I am working on it. Daddy has to show her everything I am working on or she gets her feelings hurt (big baby :roll: ).

    Then you throw in 2 Pomeranians that like to tussle on the quilts as your trying to pin them on the floor. :(

    And to top everything else I have a Chihuahua that slides in and lays on it and looks at you like "Gee thanks for the new blankie dad". :x

    They are my babies but man they really need to cut me some slack!


    Billy

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    I use a rubber glove like you use in the kitchen. Just put it on and scrape the glove along the quilt holding the quilt as taut as possible. I have to do it on my bed all the time as dc loves to lie up by my head. :lol:

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    Tip from my dh (and it works well!) - duct tape :mrgreen:

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    I just take some Scotch Tape and wrap it around my hand with the sticky side out. Works pretty well.

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    Those of you that use tape, you should really try contact paper, it is wonderful and you can usually go over a large area just one time, maybe twice if it is a dark color.

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    after you finish the quilt put a clean sheet down somewhere, then the quilt, vacuum it very well, I use a hand held (dust buster) when finished either wash it, or bag it right away to protect it from new hair getting on it. i have made wool (bed-rugs) heavy wool quilts with lots of wool applique, cats seem to absolutely LOVE WOOL QUILTS! so, vacuumed well (both sides) then i wash it, get it dried and bag it in pillowcase to keep the cat hair away.

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    I know this won't be a popular "answer", but I think Pzazz has the right idea -- making the sewing room off limits to pets. I love pets as much as anyone else; but I would wonder about selling/giving something to someone who is allergic to pet dander/hair, etc. It would upset me greatly to think I had caused someone to have a serious allergic reaction.

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    Pledge has a new product that actually works. It has two rollers on it and a plastic top. When it is full of pet hair you throw it away. It works great - I have a black cat.

    Colleen

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    I run a cat rescue hence my house is full of fur at all times. I use a brush by evercare, its shaped almost like a hair brush but instead of bristles it has a pad of fabric. If you brush one way it will pull it all off and then with your hand you remove the WADS of fur by brushing the other way. It never needs refilling, no more tap pads (I would go broke if I had to buy those) and it really does get the fur off. I have no less than 10 cats/kittens every single day zooming around here and a husband who is allergic to cats so that fur has to get off his chair completely and my bed. Good luck.

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    I have an American Eskimo with really long white hair. He is not allowed in my quilting room, but still does not matter, the hair is still around, no matter how much you vacumn. Hence my Avitar.

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