Pledge Fabric Sweeper - It Really Works!
So I have pet cats. Two fuzzy, loving little shedding machines named Casey and Kennedy. Two gray cats, which means you can see their fur on just about everything I own.
I was watching the Westminster Dog Show the other night and saw a commercial for the Pledge Fabric Sweeper, a handy device that supposedly picks up every cat or dog hair the beloved family pet sheds. Intrigued, I decided to buy one and try it out.
It took me a while to find one (everyone was sold out) but I finally found one today at WalMart for $4.50, and what follows is my own informal review.
First, let's look at the Fabric Sweeper itself. Not very complicated, basically two rollers shielded by a large amount of plastic. There's a large bubble on top for storing the kitty or doggy hair. Sadly, the Fabric Sweeper is not reusable, so once it's filled with Fluffy or Fido's fur, out it goes. I imagine this will be rectified in the future.
The Sweeper also comes with handy $1 off coupons inside the box, for the Sweeper and other Pledge products. Nice!
Now the instructions say to grasp the Fabric Sweeper by the bubble on the top and move in short, swift strokes. The two rollers act as a double-duty fur catching device: one roller sweeps the fur up while the other roller deposits it in the bubble.
For the purposes of this test I picked the most fur-covered spot in my house - the curtains next to where my boy kitty, Kennedy, likes to curl up. The curtains are dark blue, which shows off the fur perfectly, and ick, they're covered with puddy hair.
At right is a photo of what the curtains looked like at the beginning of this test. As you can see, it's pretty icky.
Since I can't 'sweep' the curtains while they're hanging, I take them off the rods and put them on the floor.
I hold the Fabric Sweeper by the bubble at the top (fortunately there are grips, so it's easy to keep ahold of) and sweep back and forth across the fabric. If this was a chair or sofa it would be easier, since the fabric doesn't move, but amazingly the hair comes up really quick. You have to sweep in both directions, though; the Sweeper needs both to pick up and then deposit the hair. If you go in just one direction the rollers just keep going around without ever depositing the hair inside the bubble.
Success! As you can see from the below picture, the Sweeper picked up a LOT of hair, in just a few minutes. The package says the Sweeper is full when it no longer picks up hair, so we'll see how long that takes.
Overall, I'd give the Fabric Sweeper a big thumbs up! It did the job quickly and easily, and is not tremendously expensive. My only gripe is that you can't empty it, which if it fills up quickly can make it pretty pricey if you have a big place or a lot of animals to clean up after.
So, I'm a happy kitty owner! I'd love to hear what others who have tried this product think. Thanks for reading!
- Pledge Fabric Sweeper
Official Pledge link for the Fabric Sweeper.