Probably the most used tool in my 33 year career as a dry cleaner was a roll of 2″ masking tape. It was used for lint removal from garments as they were sent to the finishing line prior to being picked up by the customer.
You might think there is a sophisticated lint removal system developed for such a task at the commercial level , but no. It took patience, perseverance, and a roll 2 inch masking tape. We never used anything else, never. It was cheap, effective, and easy to use.
One inch didn’t get the job done and the three inch didn’t allow your to bend easily as you worked with the fabric. Two inch was the perfect width.
Somewhere along the line the lint roller with the long plastic handle came into play and we decided to give it a shot. It was somewhat useful , but we simply did not have the time or the engineering degree it required to figure out how to start a new sheet after only a few swipes across a particularly linty garment.
I think after 20 years they are still trying to figure out a better design . The masking tape was cheap (we purchased it by the case), easy to tear off and use, and it was the perfect amount of adhesive to take care of even the toughest jobs. The two inches was also an important factor. It was to perfect width to wrap around your hand to glide smoothly along the garments picking up the stray lint or cat hair.
If you are in the market for a quick, efficient lint remover, look no further than the hardware store shelf. Better yet? I bet you already have some on hand.