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Old 04-17-2012, 12:14 PM
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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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Old 04-17-2012, 12:18 PM
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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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Old 04-17-2012, 12:28 PM
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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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Old 04-17-2012, 12:49 PM
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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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Old 04-17-2012, 01:14 PM
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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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