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    Love my cats... but....

    I was hospitalized in January for 29 days and then spent another 2 months recuperating. During this time I inadvertently left the quilt I was working on draped over the chair in my sewing room. Well, the cats decided this was the best place in the house to sleep. Now I have 3 months worth of cat hair embedded in the quilt. The quilt is almost finished. I have about 25% to finish the hand quilting on.

    My question is: Does anyone have a good way to remove a lot of cat hair from the quilt? I have tried lint brushes and masking tape, but it is taking forever. Any suggestions appreciated.

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    What about taking a small hand-held vacuum to it? That might reduce the amount of hair.

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    I get dog hair all over my work in progress. It's usually not too bad that I can't hand quilt and then just toss in the wash after. It's just one of the many reasons I was my quilts before gifting! If you've tried the sticky rollers and brushes and gotten the hair down to a dull roar (no pun intended here), and it's workable, I would just continue quilting and then wash after you're done.

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    Pledge makes a pet fur remover that works really well. They call it the Pledge Fabric Sweeper. The downside is that it's expensive, $12 (cheaper through Amazon). But, you can empty it when it's full. Scotch also makes the Fur Fighter. I like the Pledge product better.

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    Welcome back and hope you do not have to go through that ordeal again. I cannot offer any tips for your problem, but you will solve that, too.
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    Living with a Saint Bernard I have ...well issues. I use a slightly damp terry wash cloth to first get the big stuff off. I Wipe the item with the damp cloth. Then if I have moistened the item I let it dry then use the tape roller to remove any remaining hair.

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    A glove that you use to wash dishes will work to remove pet hair. It works great for car seats.
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    Here is what I did when I had this problem a few years ago. Take a thick wide roll of clear box tape, tear off in manageable strips and firmly press onto the quilt. Rub gently over the tape a few times. Gently pull off and discard. Repeat. When you have done the entire quilt with the tape, shake a can of Static Guard well, hold the can about 2 feet above the quilt and spray lightly. Then gently take a clean dry washcloth (the pile of the washcloth helps pick up the hairs) and wipe. Shake the cloth into a garbage can. Repeat as needed. Then use the upholstery brush of the vacuum cleaner and go over the quilt. This worked beautifully for me and the Static Guard had no effect on the quilt. I no longer have a cat in the house, but I do try and make sure to shut the sewing room doors so the little doggies don't sneak in there.

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    Yikes I understand your frustration! I have only one small cat and she gets hair on everything, wish I could just vacuum the hair off of her. And I have to really vacuum the house well and mop down the tile cuz one 4 yo grandson is allergic to her. Lots of work.

    I hope you find that one of the solutions recommended work specifically for your challenge.
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    I'm fortunate that my guy doesn't shed.. but I had a Brittany before, and he didn't have a problem letting his presence be known.. As Lori mentioned, a damp rag works great, and doesn't cost.. Good luck..

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    I use an old cat brush to brush the fur off where my four ragdolls lay. It works really well. Good luck and glad you're able to quilt again.
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    Use a latex glove and rub off. Also rubber tipped broom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland View Post
    Pledge makes a pet fur remover that works really well. They call it the Pledge Fabric Sweeper. The downside is that it's expensive, $12 (cheaper through Amazon). But, you can empty it when it's full. Scotch also makes the Fur Fighter. I like the Pledge product better.

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    I LOVE this thing on my sofa...should be great on a quilt!

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    Amazing how much hair can come off an animal - and they still look like they have a decent coat!

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    Try a slightly dampened sponge. A few years ago, I bought a sponge block in the cat dept at the local pet store just to remove the hair off my dark eggplant chenille furniture. It worked well but as usual, it eventually turned up missing. Now I just take a regular sponge, wet it and then wring the heck out of it to get any excess water out of it. It works just as well as the one that I paid more money for!!
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    The very best thing I've found for cat fur removal is the Scotch 3M Fur Fighter. I have a large, long haired black cat. It'll pull cat fur out of fabric you can't even see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Living with a Saint Bernard I have ...well issues. I use a slightly damp terry wash cloth to first get the big stuff off. I Wipe the item with the damp cloth. Then if I have moistened the item I let it dry then use the tape roller to remove any remaining hair.
    I work with animals and this is what I do at work when I get covered in hair

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    A glove that you use to wash dishes will work to remove pet hair.

    latex gloves work great. you can even use them on your animals to help rid them of their loose hairs. of course i take my cats outside on the back porch to rub them down with the gloves and let the hair blow in the wind. the birds use the hair for their nests so it gets recycled.
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    Suggestion: I have now switched to cat (and dog) proof utility quilts like the strippy rag one photographed below and don't even consider making anything else in this animal loving home environment. I live in peace with the little devils now (and cotton flannel does not attract cat/dog hair like I thought it would-even with a black background):
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Living with a Saint Bernard I have ...well issues. I use a slightly damp terry wash cloth to first get the big stuff off. I Wipe the item with the damp cloth. Then if I have moistened the item I let it dry then use the tape roller to remove any remaining hair.
    Who knew a Lab/Basset hound would shed worse than a Golden Retriever? Well, my Leo loves to *help* so I know from dog hair... LOL! I, too, use a slightly damp rag of some sort & then a roller. I recently got a fabulous re-usable roller at Wal-Mart. Instead of sticky tape stuff, it has a kind of heavy velvet fabric that really works. Then you twist it & the hair all goes into a compartment that you then empty out. It's GREAT!

    Feel better! BTW... I think your kitty was just keeping your quilt company while Mommy was gone... LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bicycle Hobo View Post
    Suggestion: I have now switched to cat (and dog) proof utility quilts like the strippy rag one photographed below and don't even consider making anything else in this animal loving home environment. I live in peace with the little devils now (and cotton flannel does not attract cat/dog hair like I thought it would-even with a black background):
    OMG! That is just too, too cute for words!
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    Flylady has a rubba scrubba for $4.95 and the bristles are very soft, but it really picks up the hair! It works better than the vacuum. I also put a sample quilt on my chairs, so if someone wants to sit there, i can just whisk it off. The rubber brush is amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Living with a Saint Bernard I have ...well issues. I use a slightly damp terry wash cloth to first get the big stuff off. I Wipe the item with the damp cloth. Then if I have moistened the item I let it dry then use the tape roller to remove any remaining hair.
    This is my routine as well. Up until February I had 4 longhaired cats, (unfortunately one passed away unexpectedly ) a short haired cat and a long haired dog. The cats are the primary offenders as the dog isn't allowed up on furniture so her hair doesn't seem to get on them as much. The damp wash cloth then the sticky tape roller work well for me too. But it is an ongoing process. When I am handquilting a quilt I go through the dehairing process everytime I move my hoop then I do a final big one. Oh and one more thing I use in my final dehair is contact paper. The stuff you line cupboard shelves with. You can find it Walmart, usually in the housewares section. It is super sticky and is like 24" wide. I usually bring my quilt to work and use the conference room table on my lunch hour. I spread the quilt out over the huge meeting table and cut off sections of the contact shelf paper large enough that I can handle. I put it sticky side against the quilt, smooth it out with my hands and peel off. Repeat as necessary. I do this AFTER washing the quilt once it is completed. I only go through this process for quilts I have handquilted that I am gifting or showing. The ones I longarm don't get as hairy because my LA studio is forbidden to all of my 4 footed furry kids.

    Sorry to hear you had such a bad stretch there. Hopefully you are well on your way to being on the mend and ok.

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    I use rubber gloves. You know the kind that we used to use to wash dishes? I put one on my hand and rub it on the surface. The fur tends to roll up and you can pick it right off. When I'm done I use a damp cloth/rag and then finally finish up with some type of a lint roller type of item. I think I get 98% of the hair off this way. I use this on fabric/quilts and FURNITURE (Including my two white wingback armchairs that my cat is positive are his).
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    WOW. I only pay $3.50 for the Pledge double roller with the hair catcher clear plastic top. When it fills up if your careful you can remove one roller and pull out the hair and reuse it.
    This device is wonderful, I use it on my furniture and cat posts, it really works and better than a vacumn.

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