This simple rubber sponge takes pet hair off of surfaces better than anything else I have ever used.
The instructions really ARE this easy ... but I will admit that I have never bothered to wash one.
The sponge is kinda big, about three inches by six inches, so I cut it in half using my bread knife. Then I have two smaller, easier to handle sponges for the price of one big one!
The target of this demonstration is the little Oriental rug that I keep underneath the dog dishes in our dining room. For a while, Maggie was using the corner of this rug as a napping spot ... and it only took a few naps to create a coating of white fur where she had been sleeping.
To clean this, all I do is rub the sponge over the fur-covered area of the rug with long strokes (like it says in the instructions), working WITH the nap of the rug or diagonally. I usually go over the area a couple of times ... once to get the majority of the fur, and another time to get whatever little bit might be left. When the fur balls up on the sponge, and I pick it off and set it aside to keep the sponge clean while I work.
Lickity split ... no more furry rug!
This sponge is great on upholstery and other fabrics, too, but don't expect it to get up every last hair. For this reason, it's not the best choice to use on clothing ... unless, for example, you were to find a mat of fur on something that a cat has been sleeping on, like a cashmere sweater (true story). In this case, I used the sponge then finished up with a lint roller.
These sponges last a long time ... I think I bought my last one two years ago, or so. I get mine at Petco, for about $10, and I know that it's also available to order online. It's definitely worth its weight in gold to help keep the fur in this house under control!