Modify a Pledge Fabric Sweeper So You Can Empty It

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Introduction: Modify a Pledge Fabric Sweeper So You Can Empty It

Pledge makes a really great product called the Fabric Sweeper. It is an enclosed plastic container with two rollers on the bottom. By sliding it side to side, the rollers pick up animal hair and dust off of fabric. It's a great tool if you have pets and according to Pledge "Fabric Sweeper picks up as much pet hair as 145 sticky roller sheets." The problem I found is that there is no built in way to empty them, in fact on the packaging it states "Do not try to empty or disassemble disposable sweeper." At $5.99 a piece and considering the eco impact this has, I figured that would tempt fate by both opening & emptying my Fabric Sweeper. I even went one step further and made it so I can reuse and re empty the device.

Here is what you will need.

1. Pledge Fabric Sweeper
2. A flat head screwdriver
3. Adhesive backed Velcro. I used 1 strip that is 5" long x .75" wide.
4. Scissors or an Xacto knife

Step 1: Opening the Fabric Sweeper

Around the base of the sweeper, where the clear plastic meets the blue plastic, you will see the contact points. These are blue plastic "welds". Take the flat head screw driver and pry it between the two layers of plastic. Aim the sweeper AWAY from your face, and slide the screwdriver towards one of the welds. The weld should pop off with little effort. Continue this method until you can separate the two parts.

Step 2: Velcro

Cut each part of the Velcro in half lengthwise and apply it to the rails of the plastic, hooks on one side teeth on the other.

Step 3: Close Up and Your Done

Fit the pieces back together and your done! You now have a fabric sweeper that will pick up allot of dirt and hair that you can empty and re use without tossing tons of plastic and cash out the door.

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    Great idea since the company stopped making this product. They've replaced it with a reusable model that costs an arm and a let (around $75)! I'll try this first. Thanks!

    What an awesome idea!! I did this and it took me about 5 minutes. And viola!!! It works!!!! I actually bought the fabric sweeper at a yard sale for 50 cents. My animal hair problems are over and I don't have to keep spending the money on hair remover products!!!

    this was simple, great instruction, and most of all it works!!! thank you sooo much!

    I was ready to do as suggested by the author, but I found it was much easier (and you save the Velcro), if you just pop one of the rollers (with a simple screwdriver), empty the hair and attached it back on.
    I still appreciate the tip, as it made me look for way to reuse the product. I have cats and I used to buy them often. Not anymore! ;-)

    This idea worked great! Thanks so much! I haven't been able to find them in the store anymore.

    I got one a couple years ago and it has a little yellow sliding lock on the side so it can be emptied.

    It's actually VERY easy to remove the rollers and empty the container. The plastic is pretty flexible, so I just pull the roller away from where it clicks into the container, just pulling out and then away from the base. Never had a problem with it, didn't break anything. Unfortunately the rollers do become less effective after a while, so I do need to purchase a new one now (but that's like 4 years later).

    I love this product. I am also one of the people who was not willing to throw it out & buy a new one when it was full.

    I do think it is stupid that pledge didn't go the extra mile & promote it as reusable but I am glad so many of us figured out how to do this on our own.

    People power!

    Much simpler to do what Consumers Reports suggests:
    "Pledge says the Sweeper is disposable, but we suggest reusing it. Just unsnap a roller, remove the collected hair, and snap the roller back in place. "

    They give it a good review and say its a good buy, if you reuse it. Darn Pledge. Their pledge must be, "Clean your home, dirty the environment."