Gleener Review


Gleener Review

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Provided by Gleener:
The Ultimate Fuzz Remover
Reviewed by Caitlin Eaton


For anyone who has ever owned or knit a sweater, I’m sure you’ve experienced the horror of finding pills all over your once-smooth garment — and when I say pills, I’m not talking about the Advil you take for a common headache.  Pills are tiny, sometimes large, balls of fuzz that create an unattractive appearance on fabric materials, especially sweaters.  Pills often leave apparel looking old and ragged, which means you have two choices: toss out that sweater and make a new one or find a way to remove the pills and restore the sweater to its pre-pill glory. 

Now, there are already plenty of products on the market that claim to easily remove pills.  The problem is that many of these will actually damage your handmade clothes, whether that’s leaving a hole in the material or creating more pills, and as a result, more frustration.  This is where the Gleener differs.  It truly is a stress-free product that actually works ... even when I put it to the ultimate test: a machine washed, dry clean only sweater that was covered in giant pills.  Just to give you a little background, I’ve been holding on to this sweater for a couple of years now.  It’s incredibly comfortable, but I haven’t been able to wear it out in public for fear that someone would mistake me for a wooly version of the Michelin Man.  Naturally, when Gleener came into our office, I was thrilled to give it a try on my sweater. 

Since Gleener conveniently comes with three detachable blades with fabric-sensitive edges, all I had to do was select the appropriate one for my project.  Because my sweater had wool pills that were fairly large, I selected blade number one which contains a larger combing area.  To start “Gleening”, all you have to do is lay the item flat, and hold the fabric taunt with your free hand.  Next, use firm but gentle strokes, up and down, to remove all the pills and unwanted fuzz balls.  It’s important to brush only in the direction of the grain of the weave so you don’t damage the material. 

With just a few strokes of the Gleener, my sweater was restored right before my eyes.  Here's the before and after photos so you can really see the difference:

Sweater before and after
With a few additional strokes over the entire garment, my sweater was entirely pill free and practically as good as new!  Aside from being a nifty tool for pill removal, the Gleener always comes with a built-in lint brush, which works great for removing any unwanted pet hair from clothing or fabric materials.  Since this tool works on natural, synthetic and acrylic materials, you’ll love how many uses you’ll find for it once you have one in your home.  

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