Many pet owners who swore they'd never let their pets on the couch have reluctantly given up their favourite spots for four-legged friends. It's amazing how much love for your pet can change your self-perception. However, if you allow your dog or cat to sit on your upholstered furniture, they can cause significant damage to the fabric. Pet hair, claws, teeth, drool, and accidents can stain, scratch, and wear your furniture.
I've experienced this frustration firsthand as a dog and cat mom while looking for a new sofa for my home. Yes, my two cats like to scratch my sofa... and leave a lot of fur on top of it. Having said that, the sound of razor-sharp claws digging into my brand-new couch will live on in my memory and guide future furniture purchases.
However, just because you have a pet does not mean you have to wrap all of your furniture in plastic. It may take a little extra effort to keep your favourite pieces in great condition, but by choosing the right textiles in the first place, you'll have a much easier time keeping them that way over time.
Let's take a look at some of the most pet-friendly fabrics, as well as some to avoid at all costs.
The best pet sofa materials are durable. A leather sofa is one of the best sofa materials for pets because it not only looks good in the home, but it is also the best material for pet owners. To keep the leather supple, simply vacuum it away and use a commercial cleaner. However, keep in mind that it is not scratch resistant. Look for distressed leather that will hide new scratches and improve with age.
You've most likely read numerous articles extolling the virtues of leather and how its smooth texture deters cats from clawing. For some cats, this is correct. Start with a small, inexpensive item made of faux leather if you want to buy leather but aren't sure how your cat will react. If your cat isn't interested in digging his claws into it, you can feel safe investing in a genuine leather sofa.
Your pet's claws can easily snag on loose weaves of fabric, which can damage your sofa over time as the fabric unravels. These open weaves will easily trap any pet hair left behind by your dog or cat, making cleaning extremely difficult and time-consuming.
Choose a tightly woven fabric sofa instead. One advantage of woven fabrics is that they are pet-friendly, as your pet's claws are less likely to get caught in any loose seams. Furthermore, tightly woven fabrics do not trap hair like loosely woven fabrics. While certain woven fabrics are easily snagged by pets' claws, an ultra-tight weave prevents rips from the occasional scratch.
Microfiber is a synthetic material that is highly stain resistant. Most spots can be removed with a little soap and water because liquids do not easily rise to the surface. It also does not rip or scratch easily, and accumulated hair is easily removed with a lint brush or by wiping it with your hands. The fabric has a soft, velvety texture and a tight weave that keeps cats' claws from digging into it.
Microsuede is a type of microfiber designed to look and feel like real suede, but without the high-maintenance care regimen. Because of its durability and the fact that it is made of loose threads rather than a weave, velvet microfiber also is an excellent choice for cat-friendly homes too.
Canvas is ideal for pet-friendly homes because it is tear-resistant and does not trap dirt or hair. The tightly woven fabric is extremely durable and cleans up quickly with soap and water.
Canvas slipcovers are an excellent choice for pet-friendly homes. They are also reasonably priced, especially when compared to the cost of a new couch. When the cover becomes dirty, simply remove it and throw it in the washing machine to easily remove dirt, dander, and hair. If your slipcover is ruined by claw marks or stains, replacing it is much less expensive.
Although it may appear strange, but outdoor furniture is a great option for pet owners. These materials are designed to withstand harsh weather outside, repel water, and resist stains and bacteria, so it should be no problem for your furry friend.
There are no rules when it comes to bringing outdoor furniture inside the house. You can simply choose from a wide range of fabrics, styles, and colours to upholster a new piece of furniture. You never know, the outdoor fabric might just blend right in. If the standard cushions that come with outdoor sofas become too dirty, they can usually be washed, making them an even more exceptional option.
It can be difficult to find pet-friendly furniture, but you are familiar with your pets' behaviours and needs. If they are prone to shedding or scratching, you should keep this in mind when shopping for a new sofa.
As a general rule, look for fabrics with a tight weave when selecting pet-friendly fabrics. Patterns, textures, and darker colours help to cover up pet hair and dirt until you can clean. If you have a pet with white hair, a lighter fabric will be a better option.
Overall, while a leather sofa is typically the best option all-around, they aren't always a financially feasible purchase, nor are they everyone's style. Sofa covers are an excellent investment if you prefer a velvet or fabric sofa.
Remember that no sofa is completely pet proof, and some minor damage is likely. Try not to be too concerned about it and instead take precautions to ensure the overall safety of your sofa.
We hope this article, '5 Best Pet-Friendly Sofa Materials For Pets and Pet Owners in Malaysia 2022', will give you some ideas for revamping your space. If you're looking for a place to buy home and office furniture, feel free to visit our website or walk into our physical store located in Kota Damansara upon appointment.
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