How to Choose the Best Couch Fabric for Pets
If you’ve ever had a pet, you know that pet ownership is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. They’re man’s best friend, but they’re also covered in fur and often mud. You’ve probably experienced the surprise drool, the muddy paw print or the furry patch on the couch just when the only thing you want to do is sit down and relax. You look at their little faces and you can’t get rid of them. It’s not an option, but there are ways to cut down on the things you don’t like. One of those things is to make sure that you buy the right furniture. Finding the right fabric for your couch will keep you dry, clean and less covered in pet hair.
Synthetic fabrics are actually some of the most pet-friendly fabrics available. Because of their tight weave, the pet hair cleans off easier. Dirt is simple to remove. Just get a cloth with soap and water. Microfiber also offers several different color options so there are a lot of choices.
You might not choose leather at first because you’re worried that it will get little scratch marks from Fido’s nails. It’s not the leather that’s in danger, though; it’s the finish. Often leather couches are covered with a painted finish. This can get scratched by pets and look like scuffs. Instead, choosing a leather couch that is full-aniline-dyed is a better choice because the dye goes all the way through the leather and scratches don’t show up easily.
Crypton is a new fabric development in the industry and has been used a lot in commercial and hospital settings because of their resilience to stains. It was actually designed to repel blood and urine stains. If you have a really dirty dog, you may consider crypton as the best solution. Crypton couches clean up easily with a rag.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water
You’re not dropping Fifi off at the pound because she got paw prints on the couch, and you may not need to limit yourself to the kryptonite fabrics above. Here are some ways to protect any couch made of any material.
- Washable slipcovers: If you have a puppy, you may consider a temporary measure while waiting for the puppy to learn his manners. It may also be a chance to play with new colors and fabrics for a while. You can also wash the slipcover anytime it gets too dirty.
- Scotchgarding: If you have a really nice bouchle couch and don’t want to part ways, consider spraying it with Scotchgard to protect it from pet stains and make it more resilient.
- Removable fabric: Consider buying a couch with removable cushions so that you can wash the cover. Also, when you do wash the covers, make sure to use cold water in order to avoid fading. And never dry them in the dryer. Let them air dry.
Our pets are important to us, but we shouldn’t let them affect our quality of life. Taking into account certain considerations when choosing your couch will help you make sure that your pet and your couch stay away from the pound.
Rose Singer writes articles for interior design sites and recommends a contemporary sofa for a clean and comfortable look.
Filed under: All About Dogs
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