I've had luck by dampening the pad with a spray bottle. You are dampening just the surface, then with a damp rag, folded into a pad, start wiping at the far edge and working it toward me. Lots of rinsing. The hair will roll into little "snakes" which are easy to remove. If you have a rubber curry with the needle point tips groom the pad first to remove the excess. I want a purple one. Perfect with my black horse and black saddle.