Pros:Nice rolling action, easy to remove sheets.
Cons:Not tacky enough sheets.
The Bottom Line: There have got to be better options, this one is pretty average.
Everyone at some time will need to remove lint or hair from their clothes or furniture. If you have cats or shedding dogs, you will have a greater need than most. With five cats General Wifey and I are already three over normal limit and two past the point of sanity, but we’re happy with that. However having five indoor cats does lead to some problems, primarily it means we get to do a lot more cleaning and maintenance to make the house presentable to outsiders. Not just scooping litter and cleaning up hairballs on the floor. Any time there is going to be anyone parking their hind ends on our furniture it is only courteous of us to have removed the third of a cats’ worth of fur off the furniture first.
In our life it goes without question that any time we invite people over there will be one person (or one overprotective mother who thinks that there child is) allergic to cats, and really the best way we have found to keep that from being a problem is to vacuum the house and clean all the surfaces of cat fur. That is where my experience with the OUT! Hair and Lint Remover comes in. General Wifey and I (Ensign Hubby) were holding a shindig in our backyard last week and needless to say the house needed to be spotless, and I was tasked with getting all of the last second supplies, which included getting something to remove all of the fur from our furniture. I took off my jeans and put on my Batman pajama pants and headed on out to Wal*Mart to get the last second supplies we so desperately needed.
While normally I would clean all of the furniture with duct tape I really didn’t feel like putting that much effort into it and opted for a small handheld roller that I could use to roll my clothes off at a later date as well. After looking around the laundry supplies and finding nothing resembling a lint roller or brush I brain stormed to think where else in this gigantic store that has everything could my needle in the haystack be. While there may have been other brands and locations for lint rollers I remembered that there are usually some in the pet supplies, and luckily enough there was one kind. OUT! had this smaller brush as well as larger furniture brushes, but I’m not planning on repeatedly cleaning my furniture so I stuck with the smaller brush.
First thing I was bothered by was the price. Perhaps I’ve been living in a cat filled cave (closer to reality than some might think) but $3.32 was a bit pricey for a lint roller in my mind, especially since I think all of our old lint rollers came from the Dollar Tree (where everything is $1). But while in a time of need beggars can’t be choosers.
Once I got home I put the OUT! Hair and Lint Removers to the test, starting with the three kitchen chairs. These three chairs rarely get used by us humans, but during the winter they are loved by the fur babies because they are effectively put in a heated tent under the kitchen table with it’s tablecloth and the heating vent blowing in there. Needless to say these are the worst, and the OUT! rollers failed miserably. But this is really an unfair test since even duct tape can never do these chairs, I had to resort to the old practice of using the side of my hand like it is a lint brush and scraped all of the fur into one area until it looked like a cats tail had fallen off onto the chair, I picked up the cat tail of fur and then used the roller for cleanup duty, which it did decently well at.
The roller itself is of good. Unlike most this roller actually is built to properly spin much like a tire on an axle. The tacky sheets are also nicely designed but could use a little more tackiness in my estimation. They tend to pick up about as much as any other lint roller would but you can forget about it picking up any visibly large tufts of lint/fur, this roller is only really good for picking up the smaller stuff. There are a couple of nice things about these roller sheets thought that I liked. First of all the sheets are made out of what feels like a thin (really thin) wax paper so there is no risk of one sheet sticking to the next sheet and having you end up accidentally tearing off five sheets at a time. Second of all it is really simple to find the seam to peel off the sheet you are using and move to the next sheet. Each sheet has no sticky on both ends of it, and those ends spiral around the lint roller much like a barber’s pole. Once you have soiled the outer sheet you simply peel at the clean part of the roll near the bottom and you peel it right off very simply much like pulling the outer layer off of a tube of crescent rolls.
After I was done with the kitchen chair disaster area I moved to the next worst area, the living room couch. This is used a good deal for cat naps and the top is used as a seat for the cats to peer out of our large living room window. After about fifteen sheets were expended cleaning the couch I moved on to the recliners, which only took about 2-3 sheets a piece. Yes fifteen sheets sounds like a lot, but that would be like me complaining that “this hand shovels, it took me forever to dig through this mountain”. There is no lint roller that would be prepared to take on my couch in the condition it was in.
The OUT! Hair and Lint Remover has seventy sheets on it so I still have some left over sheets that I can use to remove the fur coats that my cats leave on all of my clothes, for which this lint roller is much better suited for. Overall there are definitely some things that I like about it, such as the smooth rolling action and the ease of removing the used sheets. But there are also a couple of hefty downsides, for one I find the price a little high for the product you’re getting (yeah I’m cheap) and the sheets just aren’t tacky enough to ever take off any large tufts.
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