questionswhat do you use to get rid of pet hair on couches…

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Believe it or not, there is a brush called the Rubba-Scrubba on the Flylady.net website. It has soft "bristles" and you cannot believe all the clean-up jobs it can do. Rub it back and forth over a sofa and watch the cat or dog hair just roll up in a ball so you can pick it up. People email her all the time about new uses for the thing. It works great!

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We use the pledge fabric sweeper and it works well. They are supposed to be disposable, but you can mod them to be empty-able and thus reusable. Here's an article about it; http://www.instructables.com/id/Modify_a_Pledge_Fabric_Sweeper_so_you_can_empty_it/

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I guess I could search the site:
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/ec7d9db7-267c-478b-b20c-914fa63010a3/dyson-animal-handheld-vacuum

I always wonder what makes something specifically designed for animal hair, though.

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@dave bug: stronger sucking power, stiffer bristles, that sort of thing.

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With two dogs the hair in my house is unbelievable. To that end, we had purchased the Dyson Animal upright vacuum cleaner. It does do a great job on removing hair, however it suffers from a few faults.

The canister fills up really quick (forgivable with two dogs) but the hair gets stuck up by the filter, and it's quite awkward to pull it out. Also forgivable as I should probably empty the canister more often

The major problem I have with it though is the dog hair gets stuck around the brush (expected this) but also underneath the rubber belt that turns the brush - which then in turn makes it do this awful grinding noise as the belt slips the notches on the thing that makes it turn. When I called dyson about it - they said it happens because of "static" which makes no sense to me - and just to clean it out. But having to do that 3-6 times during one vacuum through the house gets old fast.

It does pick up the hair wonderfully, but it's a royal pain in the butt.

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@wigum: I'm not a big fan of the disposable solutions. I don't think they are impressive enough to have to keep buying refills.

I use a rubber brush similar to what sand4me described. You can probably find a better deal than Petsmart: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752110. I also have an old school lint brush that's similar to this: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752856. It works well on my couch (a heavy duty canvas twill).

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The Love Glove Grooming Mitt by Four Paws. It not only picks up hair from the dogs coat, it removes it from furniture and carpet. Works really great! You can buy them for $5.00 - $6.00 online.

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A Zoom Groom works really well too. It was the ONLY thing that picked up the yellow lab hair that was ground into the black fabric back seat of my volvo. They are less than $10 too.