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If you, like me, have a double-coated dog and fabric-covered furniture, my latest discovery may just change your life. The sweater block is an unassuming rectangle of pumice (lava stone) in a plain brown wrapper.
And what it can do for you is amazing.
I discovered it randomly while browsing, and I’m here to tell you that it works. Trust me, I have tried many dog hair removal tools, and this is among the best—and it’s under $10.
This humble block of rock not only collects fur, hair, and fuzz, it sweeps away any pilling too. It gets rid of it everywhere, from armrests, to cushions, to your favorite sweater.
A word of warning, though: this powerful tool may be too much for more delicate fabrics, so test on an inconspicuous area first.
Also, be sure to check fabric for wear-and-tear before and after you use the sweater block to ensure you aren’t sweeping away your whole couch with the pills and fuzzballs.
The trick to the sweater block is light, smooth strokes in the same direction. The video above shows the firmer technique you need for pills and snags.
For hair and lint, the long, smooth strokes are your friend. I also tend to just use the edge to roll up dog hair into a furry little inchworm that’s easy to collect.
I have used the sweater block successfully on:
- Tweed upholstery
- Merino wool sweater
- Fleece blankets and pet beds
- Jeans material
- Cotton fleece sheets
Along with my favorite cheap dog hair collector, rubber exam gloves, the sweater brick is a fantastic tool to add to your fur-fighting arsenal.