“ Animals Equipment Type: Dog Grooming „
We have a long-haired old moggy, a poodle and a Pomeranain so you can imagine between the lot of them our carpets get pretty hairy over the year which does not help especially when it is beige in colour and is laid in our large hall, many stairs and generous landing.
For years now I have tried using our Henry, which although good, does not pick up embeeded cat and dog hair. A couple of years ago hubby bought a Back & Decker hand-held pet vacuum but once again, although successful at sucking up hair, could not reach the bits trapped in the carpet pile.
Several months ago my youngest daughter came back from Pets at home with this Petmate Pet Hair Magnet which cost just under a tenner. To be honest though, never thinking for one moment it would solve our problem, I forgot all about it until yesterday when I thought I would give it a try. I blame this Indian summer we are currently having because the sunshine made the carpet look even worse than ever.....
Ours is a newer version than the one in the Dooyoo picture and it's an eye-catching bright pink colour for some reason. It weighs approximately 400 gms and measures about 19 x 18.5 x 5cm which, in my opinion, is a perfect size and weight.
Basically it looks like one of those squeegy thingymebobs that window cleaners use and all you need do is stroke the Petmate towards you and it lifts up deep embedded fur and hair which you can then leave in a pile and vacuum or brush up easily.
Even though the design is so simple it is really effective and it is particularly good on the stairs where it picks up cat hair a treat even from corners where the hoover will not reach. It is also effective when doing around the skirting board which can often be a tricky area to reach with an appliance.
I hate to admit that I have filled half a Tesco carrier bag with dog and cat hair so far but, bearing in mind I have never used this before, it just goes to show how much can be 'hidden' and what health issues it may cause in some households eg (those with asthma or allergies etc). I am so embarrassed that I'm determined to use this hair remover on at least a weekly basis!
Now for the negatives -
I'm afraid this gadget is not a miracle-worker as you DO have to put some work into using it and I would suggest that you do a little bit at a time if you suffer from back problems. You need to get on your hands and knees to achieve the best results and then of course you need to brush/ vacuum up the piles afterwards.
I have not had as much success using this inside the car - the seats are fine but I could not get it to lift the hair from the mats and it does not work on laminate or tiled floors, nor does it remove hair from clothes - Ia lint roller works much better.
- easy to use (as long as you can bend over!)
- simple to use
- decent price
- good design
- not too heavy
- just the right size for stair carpets
- worked really well on our hall, stairs and landing carpet which looks almost new now :)
- I am awarding 4 stars because of the results I achieved on the carpets but knocking one off as it does not work on all surfaces.
I bought this from my local Pets At Home several years ago now, and forget how much it cost me but it wasn't much, and it has proved invaluable in my home with a sister-in-law who has an allergy to cats and visits quite regulary during the sumer months with her little boy.
The magnet is basically a plastic scraper with a hard rubber edge. The idea is that you scrape the magnet across carpets and furniture and this brings any pet hair together in an easy to gather bundle. This pet hair can then either be picked up and disposed of or hoovered away. It is quite sturdy and though advertised here as a dog grooming product, works perfectly well on cats who moult everywhere or have a tendency, as mine do, to sit in one place in the upstairs hall, i.e a paticulary tricky corner, where it is difficult for your vacum cleaner to pick up fur.
You have to put in a fair bit of effort to scrape this across carpet and I have often broke into a sweat using this as, because of its size, you can only do small bits of the carpet at a time and it can take a good half hour or more to do a fair sized room! Still this is a very useful tool for getting hard-to-pick up cat fur and is a much better investment than the pet-hair removal Dyson which we have found not a lot better than a normal Dyson which, though brilliant, finds pet hair sometimes a bit of a struggle! I will review the pet-hair removal Dyson more at a later stage but have found that only partially effective for my sister-in-law's allergies and not as good as you might expect!
Anyway, these pet magnets are relatively cheap from what I remember and easy to store as they are small and compact. If you have a bad back or trouble bending down they are not so good but they ddo gather together plenty of fur and are great for anyone who has allergies or just likes a very very tidy house!
I bought the Petmate Pet Hair Magnet to save me time cleaning up dog hair from my car. At the time I stayed in a top floor flat and had two dogs, a German Shepherd and X Deer Hound Saluki Lurcher, so you can imagine cleaning unwanted hair is a was difficult and time-consuming task and I didn't want to keep having to run cables down to my car to hover all the hair, and I hate excess dog hair clinging to surfaces and clothes.
It looks like a ice-scraper or a window drier and is used in a similar way, It has a firm grip handle which is comfortable with a flexi rubber end which doesn't damage surfaces. It's convenient and easy to use you just need to drag the scraper across the surface and all the hair is caught in the magnet and you gather up and dispose of . It's £9.99 on Amazon, I think I bought mine at pets at home a good few years ago which is quite expensive I think, although I'm sure you can get it cheaper than that.
It's easy to use on the seats of your car but not the floor, you'll still need to hover that. It draws away hair well from most carpets but not thicker fluffy carpets and works well on a fabric sofa. It doesn't work on clothes, you'll still need the lint roll for that. It won't work on tiles, laminate flooring or vinyl.
Overall it's a fairly good product for a quick result but not as thoroughly as a hover.
First of all I will paint the picture for you. Take one very furry, long haired active light haired persian cat who loves to run around the house as if she is an award winning greyhound and add to a series of dark red and navy blue carpets - the result - utter chaos! We are not talking the normal cat hair, this is fluff that flies around the room and clings to everything in its path - me included. We have a specialist pet vacuum cleaner and have tried the rollers with sticky tape but nothing seemed to work.
We was given the Petmate Pet Hair Magnet by our American friends who knew about our problem feline. They owned a dog who gave them the same trouble but said that this product was a godsend for them so we gave it a go.
The Petmate Hair Magnet is yellow in colour (but you can now also buy it in pink) and is made of plastic. It is shaped like a window squeegee with a handle and at the top has a specially designed grey rubber magnet that is supposed to attract the pet hair. It is easy to use, all you have to do is drag the pet magnet across the hair/fluff and voila - it is caught in the magnet. The price is rather steep at £7.99
It is not without it's faults though. It only seems to work on fairly thick pile carpet and woollen clothing. It does not pick up from car upholstery despite saying so on the packaging which would be what dog owners would be purchasing it for. It also does not pick up from jersey materials such as t-shirts which is a pain as we are usually covered in fur.
Overall the product is a great idea and allows you to shift thick hair from carpets and effectively leaves it hair free.