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Gleener

Ultimate Fuzz Remover

Fuzz Balls, Begone

You never know when inspiration is going to strike. For Kim Cole, the moment came when she was seven months pregnant and obsessed with the clingy fuzz balls, or pills, that had formed on her favorite sweater. She tried a sweater shaver but was disappointed by the hole it created, so she started developing her own de-pilling device. Eight years later, Kim’s fuzz ball fixation paid off with the launch of Gleener.

Gleener comes
with three detachable blades that are engineered to work on different knitted fabrics. Blade 1 tackles large pills typically found on bulky sweaters and coats, while Blade 2 snares fuzz balls on finer wools, such as cashmere and merino, as well as acrylics, polyesters, synthetic blends and fleece. Blade 3 is designed for de-pilling more delicate cotton and silk blends. To remove pills, simply hold your garment taut on a clean, hard surface, then move the Gleener downward, making sure you’re pulling in the same direction as the weave of the knit. Gleener removes the unsightly pills and fuzz balls, and it has a built-in lint brush for the finishing touch.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kim
    Kim

    Hi Daily Grommet fans. It's been nine years since I had my a-ha moment and set out to create a solution that safely and effectively removes those awful pills that cling to our favorite clothing. I think you will agree that the Gleener has been worth the effort. I am so thrilled that Daily Grommet is sharing my story and that I get to be here today answering your questions. If you've ever had a dream, I hope you go for it, and look good doing it with your freshly Gleened clothes.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    4/2/12 3:47 PM

    We learned that Gleener was just recognized by Good Housekeeping Magazine as one of the top home products of 2012. Read about it here:

    goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/top-home-trends-2012

    Congratulations Kim!

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    4/2/12 9:55 PM

    Hi Joanne,

    Thanks for the link, we have been thrilled about making the Good Housekeeping Top Ten List, but we are just as thrilled to be a Grommet!

  • Kelly King
    Kelly King
    4/2/12 8:47 PM

    I use my Gleener all the time. It really works, and it is FAST. I use it on sweaters, blazers, scarves, and upholstery. I have two black chairs that I 'Gleen' every week. Works really well on pet hair that usually sticks to the fabric.

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    4/2/12 10:00 PM

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for writing in, we always love hearing how Gleener has made a difference to some things in your wardrobe and home!

  •  Kato Thompson
    Kato Thompson
    4/2/12 9:48 PM

    I have two Gleeners, one at home and one at work. And I don't travel anywhere without one! It works great on that sweater fuzz that I used to painstakingly pluck off with my fingers because I could not find any product that would work until the Gleener came along. It is a must-have product for your wardrobe - and your furniture - especially if you have pets! I LOVE my Gleeners!

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    4/2/12 10:07 PM

    Hi Kato,

    Thanks for taking the time to write in, yes, Gleener does work great on getting rid of pet hair too. We are so happy you like the Gleener!

  •  H. Andersen
    H. Andersen
    4/3/12 10:12 AM

    I purchased my Gleener six months ago and I haven't stopped using it since! By now, my entire family has come to appreciate the usefulness of the Gleener and my sons are frequently asking for it.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/5/12 8:00 PM

    @ H. Andersen: It's great that your entire family, even the guys, are loving the Gleener. I can't wait to use mine this weekend on a pile of "fuzzy" clothing to give them the fresh look again.

  • Gary
    Gary
    4/5/12 9:43 PM

    There are three blades that come with the Gleener. The booklet describes how blade one, two and three should be used but it doesn't show which blade is which number. This was frustrating only when I looked at the bottom of each blade and there is a number but it is very hard read. I suggest your literature show what each blade number looks like and that the number be clearer (a dark color).

    Otherwise this is a good product.

    Gary

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    4/9/12 8:24 AM

    Hi Gary,

    Thank you for pointing this out to us, we are in the process of changing the instruction manuals to include this important bit of information! It's incredible how we overlooked this up-front. In the meantime, Blade 1 has a mesh-like surface; Blade 2 has a solid black surface; Blade 3 has a chalk-white surface. Each is numbered on the bottom, but we forgot to mention this.

  • Loretta
    Loretta
    4/17/12 12:44 PM

    How can I tell if my Gleener has been shipped? I ordered it on Friday the 13th of April, and when I have looked it says processing. Do you send an email when the product has shipped? Ordering information says that items ordered on Friday, Saturday or Sunday are usually shipped the next business day.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/17/12 1:20 PM

    @lburkhalter: Our Customer Support Team is looking into your order & will contact you directly.

  •  Phylis Chase
    Phylis Chase
    5/24/12 3:28 PM

    I just got mine last week and i LOVE IT....I had two delicate fabrics that i was sure would rip during the process or make hole...but

    they both came out like new shirts and i'm thrilled with this product.

    i'm busy looking for things to Gleen...

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/25/12 1:08 PM

    @ Phylis Chase: I'm having a love-fest with my Gleener too; many $$ saved & refreshing worn-out stuff is so satisfying, isn't it? Appreciate your taking a pause from your busy gleen-ing to share how thrilled you are. Your great results with delicate fabrics is very reassuring. I'm off to gleen my delicates.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    8/31/12 12:38 PM

    This product looks AWESOME! My only concern is how much pressure has to be used with each stroke? I know that sounds pretty stupid, but I was just wondering about the possibility of stretching or mis-shaping (for lack of a better word) the material. If that has never been an issue, then I'll definitely be placing an order!

  •  Kim - Gleener Girl
    Kim - Gleener Girl
    9/5/12 5:40 PM

    Hi Tracy,

    Thank you for your interest in Gleener. We suggest applying only light pressure when "gleening". Gleener works really well on naturals, synthetics and blends. Because synthetics such as acrylic are man-made, the fibers are inherently stronger and so the pilling can be tougher. Sometimes (it all depends on the knit or weave) you will need to apply more pressure to synthetics to remove the pilling. We do not recommend using the product on super loose weaves or knits, "burn-out" - that ultra thin t-shirt fabric or items with embellishments. If you are still in doubt, there are photos of "What NOT to Gleen" in the FAQ section of the gleener.com site. I hope this helps and that Gleener helps clean up a few things in your closet!

  •  Martin
    Martin
    9/6/12 8:15 PM

    Can the Gleener be used on tights & silk shawls? If yes, I'm definitely ordering one. TIA.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/7/12 8:30 AM

    @ Martin: The Gleener is not recommended for ultra-thin or shear fabric.

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    9/14/12 12:30 PM

    I just saw this Daily Grommet and have already ordered. I hope this fills the gap left where the little shavers leave off, particularly for those finer things. Congratulations on your new product!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/14/12 2:58 PM

    @Deborah Marbury: Kim is on the road & will be dropping by to share how the Gleener will address the concerns you have. Thanks for ordering.

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    9/14/12 5:59 PM

    Hi Deborah,

    First - thank you for your order, we really hope you like the product. You're right, Gleener is unlike any other pill remover - what sets it apart is that it has 3 removable, fabric-sensitive edges. Each edge is specific to a different type of pill (or fuzz ball). # 1 works great on big and bulky pills; # 2 works well on cashmeres and most synthetics such as acrylics and fleece and # 3 works really well on finer pilling usually found on more delicate fabrics and garments. It really depends on the fabric and the weave. We recommend testing it first in an non-obvious area and applying only light pressure. It is always best to "gleen"on an ironing board. If you are still in doubt, go to the gleener.com site and check out the FAQ section. Thanks again and please let us know what you think. Kim

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    9/14/12 12:34 PM

    Sorry, no pun intended!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/14/12 2:57 PM

    @Deborah Marbury Pun away!

  •  Donna
    Donna
    9/14/12 12:50 PM

    I might have ordered the defuzzer but can not find the ordering information. Please make your site easier to figure out.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/14/12 1:30 PM

    @ Donna Hi Donna, Daily Grommet CEO here showing up to agree with you! Our site is being reworked to make a lot of things easier to do and I appreciate your weighing in here. In the meantime, the ordering info is to the right of the video. Just start with the dropdown box to make your selections. The Gleener product really is worth the bit of extra site navigation.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/14/12 1:37 PM

    @ Donna: We're sorry you had challenges placing your order. Our Customer Support Team will be in touch with you directly about your order. Stay tune for our makeover website that you'll enjoy more in first quarter of 2013.

    .

  •  Mary Ellen Hurban
    Mary Ellen Hurban
    9/14/12 2:04 PM

    I bought the Gleener back in the spring when it was first presented. I was somewhat skeptical but decided to give it a try anyway. What a wonderful surprise!! It is by far the best investment I have made in years! I have some sweaters that I have had for years and I take care of my clothes. The Gleener has just made that so much easier for me. It "refreshed" some sweaters that I have had for over 10 years. I bought one for my mother and she used it on her sweatshirts and was more that pleased with the results!! She planned on using it on all her sweatshirts and sweaters, to give them a lift, but sadly she died before she got the opportunity. Thank you for such a great item.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/14/12 3:24 PM

    @ Mary Ellen Hurban Oh man Mary Ellen, I am happy that the Gleener has exceeded your expectations. But I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know you must miss her so. I lost my own mother two months ago--I understand a bit of what you have experienced.

  • HelenM Craig
    HelenM Craig
    9/14/12 3:14 PM

    The material in those fuzz balls comes from the weave of the garment. Synthetic yarn is made from a gazillion short "hairs" instead of long ones like in cotton and wool, so they work themselves loose and form those pills. Don't new pills form eventually, and doesn't the shaver thing eventually make the garment thinner?

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    9/14/12 6:13 PM

    @HelenM Craig Hi Helen, Pilling occurs from general wear and tear of garments - you're right,, when loose fibers migrate from the weave, they form a pill. If a fuzz remover is constantly used on a garment, it will eventually wear thin. This is why we recommend only using the Gleener (or any pill remover) when needed. Using Gleener is better than using one's fingers to pull pills off - the finger-pull trick (we've all done it) actually increases your likelihood of further pilling because the pulling action will create even more loose (and possibly longer) fibers. Thanks for your interest, Kim

  •  Martha Knight
    Martha Knight
    9/14/12 8:25 PM

    "...the weave of the knit..."?

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    10/3/12 9:20 PM

    @ Martha Knight Loose or tight knit. Thanks for pointing that out!

  •  Margaret716
    Margaret716
    9/28/12 11:12 AM

    Would this product work on a wool rug?

  •  Gleener Girl
    Gleener Girl
    10/3/12 9:23 PM

    @ Margaret716

    Hi Margaret, Gleener is designed to withstand 15 lbs of pressure, removing pills from a wool rug would probably require more pressure. We will be developing a commercial grade Gleener in the future, but for now, it is meant for light use on clothing and some items around your home. Thanks for your interest.

  • sandy
    sandy
    10/11/12 2:44 PM

    does the gleener work on sheets?????

  • MoJo
    MoJo
    10/15/12 2:48 PM

    I have a couch that is like a heavy linen blend, and has worn terribly. It has a lot of pils on the custions, do you think the Gleener would work on that?

  •  Linda
    Linda
    11/4/12 9:11 AM

    This is an amazing tool. I have tried dozens of things and nothing had ever worked. I just saved several cashmere sweaters that I was going to donate! The all look brand new! Thank you!

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