5 Pet Friendly Fabrics for Your Furniture
You don’t have to sacrifice design because you own a couple of indoor pets. You also don’t have to refrain yourself from cuddling up on the sofa with your furry friend because you’re afraid they will ruin it. There are many pet friendly design tips on how to keep your home looking and smelling fresh- even with your four legged roommates. You can start by choosing pet friendly fabrics that are more durable than others.
Microfiber is a pet lover’s dream fabric. It’s made out of synthetic materials, polyester and polyamides. It’s easy to maintain, you can remove hair with a lint brush, and you can spot clean stains with mild soap and water.
Synthetic Velvet is another low pile fabric option, like microfiber, and is known to be durable and versatile. It’s silky and shiny, and doesn’t have fabric loops that cat claws tend to find themselves tangled up in. A stain on synthetic velvet can be spot cleaned with a mixture of a couple drops of mild dish soap, water, and a microfiber cloth.
Leather is a great option for pet owners who have furry pets that shed a lot of hair. You can vacuum the hair off of the leather and use a leather conditioner to improve the look and durability overtime. Unlike fabric, leather is also odor resistant and easy to clean. If you have cats, keep their nails trimmed or have them wear nail covers to keep them from scratching or puncturing the leather.
Outdoor fabric, like Sunbrella, is also pet-friendly. It’s moisture resistant and doesn’t easily rip or tear like indoor fabrics. Sunbrella also has thousands of colors and patterns to choose from, which makes it easy to turn an outdoor sofa into a cozy indoor sofa.
If you already have a sofa, but would like to pet-proof it even more, a cotton canvas slipcover is an easy and affordable option. They are tightly woven, durable, and the best part – washable! They come in all colors and sizes, and you can even find slipcovers for your accent chairs.