removing fuzz & fur from upholstery

by | Feb 11, 2021 | All Things Home, Decorating, Organizing, Tips and Tricks | 19 comments

One thing I get asked about with some amount of frequency is how do I deal with pet hair.  With two cats and a hairy, black dog, we do end up with a lot of fluff balls and fuzz in the house.  While my house isn’t always pristine, I do try to stay on top of basic cleaning tasks like vacuuming and dusting and that helps a lot.  But, I’ve recently tried a new tool for removing fuzz and fur from upholstery.

cleaning fuzz and pet fur from furniture | miss mustard seed

Before I share the tool I found useful, I have tried a few of the electric pill removers for removing fuzz and fur from my upholstery and they can’t handle what my house throws at them.  They choke within about 2 minutes of pretty ineffective use.  And these are ones with good reviews, but I think my fabrics are too nubby, maybe?  I’m not sure what the problem is, but the two that I’ve tried have ground to a halt.

So, I tried one that wasn’t electric and has a 4.5-star rating with over 7,000 reviews.  It’s the Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Fabric Shaver.   (If you’re feeling tempted during your no-spend February, just bookmark the product or save it for later in your cart and buy it in March if you still feel like you could use it.)

And, by the way, this isn’t sponsored.

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

It comes with a few different attachments for lightweight jobs, medium, and heavy.  I went straight for the heavy attachment and have been using it for a few weeks with great success.

This is how my sofa looks like in certain favorite spots…

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

How does it get that way, you ask?

I give you exhibit A…

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

…a very cute and sweet exhibit A.

The cats contribute some hair, but Sebastian is the biggest culprit.  Here’s how well the tool works, though…

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

It removes the hair, fuzz, fur, lint, and pills, cleaning and refreshing the fabric…

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

I run it all over the sofa and on the chairs where the animals like to curl up and I’m always amazed at what a difference it makes.

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Review | Miss Mustard Seed

My only complaint about the Gleener is that the attachment will pop off if you get too enthusiastic and push too hard while removing the fur and fuzz from upholstery.  I can just pop it back on, but it would be nice if it stayed on a little more securely, specifically for nubby fabrics wearing a lot of dog hair!

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  1. Jessica

    Sebastian is beautiful!!! One thing I found at Walmart was a rubber tooth’s very pliable and doesn’t pull fabric. It works well to brush the pet hair in piles which remove easily. It works on carpet and rugs as well.

  2. Patty

    Love it! Wondering if one of the attachments is suited to removing pills from sweaters?

    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, there is a light, medium, and heavy attachment and the light one is good for finer knits. I didn’t have any pilly sweaters to try it on, but that is what it’s made for.

  3. janet m carruba

    Marion, not related to post. lol. But, did you make your beautiful blue and white quilts yourself? If not, where did you get them?

    • Marian Parsons

      No, they are all vintage or antique. I buy them from various antique shops and online from eBay and Etsy. I just keep an eye out for them now and then.

  4. Marilyn Barbeck

    I bought my Gleaner several years ago specifically for removing pills from sweaters and other fabrics that tend to pill. I love it! Best one ever!

  5. Julie N

    Hey Sebastian!!! Such a sweetie as well as the two kitties! I use the sticky rollers and they work wonders…should have bought stock in the company!! We have two black cats now and they LOVE to sleep in the guest bedroom with white bedding…go figure! I also use my hand-held Oreck small vacuum cleaner. Since I’m also in the no-spend February, I’ll need to think about this new product for a while longer. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  6. Rhonda

    I asked for, and received, one for Christmas this past year and LOVE it! We have three dogs, and although it’s great for dog hair, I really like how it helps to de-pill my sweaters, sweatpants, and anything else that tends to show pilling. I, too, had problems with the lever disengaging the attachment, but have learned to position my hand differently to avoid accidentally pushing on that mechanism.

  7. Cindy

    Thank you! I ordered it already and it will be here on 2/15! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Jen

    I have one too and it works very nicely. Be careful though because it does wear out the fabric a bit. For me, I wear a pair of inexpensive rubber dishwashing gloves, run my hands under the faucet and pull my hands over the furniture. It works the best for me 🙂

    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, that’s a good point that you don’t want to use it every day! I plan to alternate between just running a vacuum over it and using this tool to really remove the hair and fuzz.

  9. Skt4me

    Not exactly related, but we have two large black dogs with heavy coats. We recently got a roomba vacuum cleaner (the smaller of the two that is recommended for dog hair) we LOVE it. I always thought those for for lazy people, but now we are fans! So much less fur to deal with…

  10. Karen B.

    What a great tool. We don’t’ have cats but our dog loses hair all the time and I have been using the tape rollers but you certainly have that beat with the one you’ve shared.

  11. Perri

    You know what sounds implausible but works for pet hair? My Mom taught me a lightly wet kitchen sponge designated for that task. The tool you show looks more versatile but if you’re saving it in cart until March try Mom’s method.

  12. Shelley

    It’s like you can read my mind…I read your blog faithfully every morning. It never fails, you answer a question or need I have almost daily.

    Also, I LOVE the look on Sebastian’s face in the pic…it’s as if he is saying (…what?…I don’t think that was me…I’m just sitting here quietly out of the way…)

  13. mary m

    We have two golden retrievers. They shed like tumble weed. they are not allowed on the furniture but the brown tile floor makes up for it. inbetween vacuuming i use a Libman dust mop sprayed with some dust off spray. After i use the attached comb to empty it into he garbage. Someone told me about a dog comb/brush called a furbinator or something like that which is excellent for grooming. Amazon should bring it today. I think Sebastian has a bit of golden retriever in his DNA,

  14. Lorie Pirtle

    I absolutely need to try something like this. We have a beagle who loves to snuggle on our leather sofa, which is farly easy to clean, it’s our cloth pillows that are the problem. This looks like it might be a problem solver.

    • Erin

      Hello thank you for sharing this tool. I have 2 dogs that have three coats of fur. Needless to say, keeping the up with the fur is a difficult task. I am buying this item today. By any chance do you have any recommendations for a cleaner that removes upholstery stains? Thanks

  15. Paula Roveda

    A little ingenious way also. I use a Rubbermaid glove, that I use to do dishes.


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