From training and feeding to grooming and ensuring they are healthy and happy, it is easy to see the challenges of having a dog or cat in the home. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared for how their pet will affect their home. Not only will your dog or cat have accidents during the potty-training process, but your pet's hair and nails can also wreak havoc on your furniture. Buying new furniture every few years is most likely not possible, so you may choose to save money with new upholstering. With this guide, you will learn about the most durable and attractive pet-friendly fabrics for your family room furniture.
For a classic look and feel that is always in style, consider leather. Not only does this material get better with age, but it will also stand up to the abuse caused by your pets.
Leather is a great fabric for all sorts of temperatures because it breathes, helping you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In addition, it is capable of absorbing oils over time. This absorption softens the leather over time.
If any liquid is spilled on your leather couch or sofa, you will only need a cloth to wipe it up. If your dog or cat scratches the leather, use a chamois cloth to buff the surface back to its original state.
Leather is a great option, but it is usually only available in a few color choices. If you prefer a more unique color or pattern, consider microfiber for your family room furniture.
Microfiber is one of the best options for homes with pets because it does not tear or scratch easily compared to other fabrics. It is also incredibly easy to clean. If you have any discoloration or stains on the microfiber, read the tag on the fabric to determine which method is the best for cleaning.
If the tag reads, "W," you are free to use any water-based cleanser. For the best results, combine warm water with a drop of liquid dish soap to remove stains on the microfiber.
If the tag reads, "S," you will need to use a solvent-based cleaner on your microfiber. A small amount of rubbing alcohol or vodka will be sufficient for removing dirt and light stains on the fabric.
Last, but not least, if your tag reads, "X," avoid using any cleanser on the microfiber. Vacuum the fabric to remove dirt and debris, but avoid using water or solvent, since it will most likely stain or damage the microfiber.
Both leather and microfiber offer enormous benefits for your furniture. To improve the look and durability of your furniture without spending a fortune, consider upholstering using one of these pet-friendly fabrics. For more options and ideas, contact a professional re-upholstery service, such as Sav-Mor Interiors.