A lint roller is a device that rotates over a surface, collecting lint and other light debris. One popular form of this tool utilizes sheets of sticky paper to pick up the lint. Others use a permanent surface, allowing users to wash and reuse it.
Also called a lint remover, lint rollers are popular cleaning tools and may be used on clothing, furniture, car interiors, and carpets. They are suitable for any type fabric where lint, hair, and other debris may accumulate. Some people may use the roller to clean other types of surfaces.
Pet owners have found the lint roller particularly successful because many animals have a tendency to shed. In addition to shedding hair, many pets leave behind dander or dried skin. These rollers pick up both hair and dander, leaving furniture cleaner.
A long-handled lint roller is one that has an extended shaft for the purpose of removing lint from hard to reach places. People also may use long handled rollers to remove lint from a large area with fewer strokes. Some people take advantage of the extra length and use it to clean high curtains and cobwebs on ceilings.
Washable lint rollers do not utilize adhesive paper but has a sticky surface that allows people to clean and reuse it. Some people prefer these items as they do not have to purchase refills, which saves them money. Other people may prefer buying disposable products and do not wish to use a cleaning device that requires maintenance. Some people have questioned the longevity of washable lint rollers, proposing that the reusable surface does not last long enough.
Lint rollers are available in a range of prices. People can purchase them from a variety of sources, including discount and bargain stores. More costly rollers also are available and some have special features, such as holding larger adhesive paper rolls or fitting in a person’s pocket for easy transport. Some can be purchased in a set that includes various sizes as well.
Adhesive paper lint rollers sometimes require users to purchase refills of one-sided sticky paper once the supply runs out. Many of the paper rollers are inexpensive enough to be considered disposable items, even if refills are available. Rather than purchasing a refill, many people choose to throw the empty roller away and buy a new one.