Pet friendly couches

Pet Friendly Furniture

Are you a dog or a cat person? Perhaps you are somewhere in between. Either way, you’ve come to the right place if you are searching for pet friendly furniture that won’t sacrifice aesthetics for longevity. The struggle to keep furniture free of pet hair, stains, and damage is shared by pet owners everywhere. Fortunately, we’ll explore how to choose pet-friendly furniture and floor coverings, focusing on durable fabrics and practical maintenance tips in this post.  

Location is Key

Though it may seem obvious, the room in which a furnishing will go is a major factor in how well it will wear over time. Many furniture shoppers have this in mind until a certain upholstery piece or rug catches their eye at the showroom. For the living room love seat that your dog spends all day on, opt for the more pet-friendly fabrics and fibers that we discuss below!

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Understanding Pet Friendly Fabrics and Fibers

Fabric choice is paramount when selecting furniture that will coexist peacefully with pets. Although no fabric is entirely pet-proof, there are nearly infinite different combinations of fabrics and fiber types that will wear completely different from each other given identical circumstances. The main components to consider for selecting pet friendly furniture are durability, cleanability & maintenance, and resiliency.

Manmade Non-Cellulosic Fabrics

For both floor coverings and upholstery, manmade non-cellulosic fabrics are top recommendations for pet owners. These include nylon, polyester, acrylic, and olefin – all of which are known for their resilience and ease of cleaning. These materials can withstand the occasional scratch or spill, bouncing back to their original look with proper care. Despite the resilience of these fibers and fabrics, heavily used furniture will eventually appear soiled – and spills are going to happen. Luckily, these synthetic fabrics clean up extremely well, making them ideal choices for homes with pets​​.

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Natural Fabrics

Wool and mohair are two great options for both upholstery fabrics and floor coverings, both inherently strong in resiliency, cleanability, and of course pet-friendliness.

Upholstery pieces made up of other natural fibers such as silk, linen or cotton can also exhibit good resilient and durable properties but fall short of the aforementioned synthetic fibers in inherent stain and fade resistance, as well as overall cleanability.

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Not So Pet Friendly Fabrics

Whether looking at upholstery or floor coverings, rayon – also known as viscose – is perhaps the least favorable fiber to go with, as it severely lacks in both resiliency and cleanability, drawbacks that will only be worsened in the presence of pets.

As far as natural fibers go, linen is considered the least durable of the bunch due to its difficulty of spot cleaning. Without the correct spot cleaning precautions, a simple spot can turn into a bigger issue, such as ringing or browning.

Velvet can be a controversial topic when it comes to determining its sustainability. When made up of durable synthetic fibers, it can be a great option for both a beautiful look and a practical option. However, if your velvet upholstery contains any percentage of viscose or cotton, it will make for a very difficult to maintain piece. Velvets also tend to act as a magnet to pet hair, calling for more frequent brushing and vacuuming.

Other Considerations

Adding fabric protection is another step you can take to safeguard your soft furnishings. Fiber-Seal treatments create a barrier against spills and stains, making cleanup a breeze and helping your furniture look newer for longer.

Choosing the Right Furniture Constructions and Styles

When it comes to actual furniture pieces, opting for designs with pet-friendly features can make a big difference.

  • Generally, fabrics with a tighter weave (think opposite of boucle) will be safer from the claws of your pets.
  • Darker colors are always a safer bet, as they help to hide pet oil buildup.
  • Though bouclé is a popular option for many homeowners, it may not be the right choice for your pet’s favorite hangout spot. Its looped construction makes it easy for dogs and cats to snag their claws on, tearing apart the fibers.
  • Consider sofas and chairs with removable cushion covers for easy washing.
  • Furniture with raised legs can also help by making it easier to clean pet hair and debris from underneath.
  • Be cautious of sofa and chair skirts, as they can be difficult to wet-clean if they become soiled.
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Tackling Pet Hair and Stains

Now that you have carefully navigated through the selection process and you are enjoying your soft surfaces, its time to properly maintain them. Even the most sustainable fabrics and floor coverings will soil and wear over time, making preventative care paramount in maintaining your pet friendly interiors.

Pet Hair Removal

Regular vacuuming is the most effective way to keep pet hair at bay. For upholstery, consider tools like the Shark CH701 Cyclone PET Handheld Vacuum, known for its cordless convenience and strong suction. For floor coverings, the Lindhaus Activa 30 Pro excels in removing pet hair from carpets and rugs without damaging the fibers​​.

The Grime Reaper pet hair and fur removal upholstery brush is a tool we like to commonly use at pet owners homes to remove as much hair as possible. The rubber bristles make it easy to grip onto pet hair, and the shape makes it perfect for getting into those crevices. We recommend these to every pet owner!

Pet Stain Removal

Accidents happen, but they don’t have to spell disaster for your pet-friendly furniture. Pet urine can leave stains and smells that seem impossible to get rid of. Luckily, Fiber-Seal’s Fabric Care Kit, coupled with their protection products, provides an unparallelled arsenal against stains. With products like pHnominal fabric spray and ColorReneu tailored for pet stain removal, you won’t have to fret over accidents your furry family member may have. For stains that persist, a Fiber-Seal technician is just a phone call away.

Pet-Owner Tips for a Harmonious Home

Create a Pet-Friendly Zone: Designate a comfortable space for your pet with their own bed or blanket. This can help keep them off the furniture and reduce wear and tear.

Regular Grooming: Keeping your pet well-groomed will minimize shedding and the spread of pet dander and oils, which can soil and damage fabrics.

Frequent Vacuuming & Damp Dusting: However often you might think you need to vacuum your soft surfaces, you probably want to cut that in half if you have pets. Pet friendly couches are only pet friendly if you rid them of the fur that accumulates every day. Damp dusting is another simple but effective way to prolong the new look of your furnishings, as it will help to remove oils that accumulate from your pets.

To ensure that your furniture remains pet friendly, professional cleaning will become necessary at some point. However, with the correct preventative measures, and perhaps help from Fiber-Seal, you can worry less and enjoy your home more.

In Conclusion...

Creating a pet-friendly home doesn’t mean sacrificing style for functionality. By choosing the right fabrics, employing protective measures, and staying diligent with cleaning, you can enjoy a beautiful and harmonious living space that accommodates the needs of all family members, including the furry ones. Remember, the key is in selecting durable, easy-to-clean materials and adding fabric protection to ensure that your home remains welcoming and stylish, no matter the pet-related challenges.

Embrace these tips and strategies to create a living space that you and your pets can enjoy together, proving that pet ownership and beautiful home decor can indeed go hand in hand.

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