Pet-Friendly Fabric Options for Your Home

January 12, 2021 1:18 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Pet owners know how quickly and easily pets can cause damage to home furniture. An anxious puppy can gnaw his way through a sofa cushion in minutes. A sassy cat can use your easy chair as a scratching post. And that’s to say nothing of accidents from a pet who has yet to be housebroken! Needless to say, if you’re in the market for new home furniture in Hilo, HI, you need to consider furniture that can stand up to your pets.

The question of pet-friendly furniture comes down to a question of fabric. While there’s no such thing as inherently pet-proof furniture, there are some materials that’ll stand up to your pets better than others. Here’s a quick look at some of the most pet-friendly options and how they stack up against other resilient fabrics and materials:

  • Microfiber: Microfiber is far and away the best pet-friendly fabric for home furniture. Not only is it extremely resilient, it’s also very easy to clean and maintain. Microfiber is resistant to rips and tears, and won’t dry out or flake with age like leather can. Pet hair comes right off with a lint brush, too! Microfiber cushion covers can be laundered regularly and stand up well to spot cleaning, as well.
  • Leather: When you pay for leather, you’re paying for quality. While cat claws and puppy paws can leave minor scratches in leather, they’re easily fixed with a leather reconditioning kit and take only a minute or two to resolve. The best part about leather is that pet hair won’t cling to it and any feces or vomit will easily wipe away without leaving any staining behind. The only issue with leather is the prospect of chewing puppies, who can gnaw their way through leather cushions that’ll cost an arm and a leg to fix.
  • Canvas: You’re likely to have a much easier time finding a canvas slipcover than you are full canvas furniture. That said, there are plenty of canvas options out there. The beauty of canvas is that, because it’s a cotton product, it’s easy to clean and mightily resilient against the likes of a rambunctious animal. In the event of an accident or lingering pet odors, you can strip off a canvas cover and toss it in the laundry. Good as new!

While not a “fabric,” wicker furniture also belongs on this list, purely for its resilience in the face of even the naughtiest pets. Wicker—and rattan, for that matter—can hold its own against anything from the scratching cat to the gnawing dog.

If you’re in the market for new home furniture in Hilo, HI that can survive in a house full of pets, consider some of the options listed above. Once you’ve chosen a material, you’ll find that there’s a host of options out there in terms of style. Best of all, it’ll look great for years to come, even in the face of a pet that has other plans for your furniture. Come check out the selection at Yamada Furniture today!

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