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5 Great Pet-Friendly Fabrics for Your Home

If you let your pets on the furniture you'll want to be sure to have it covered in a pet friendly fabric. Here are five that hold up well against scratches, stains and damage.

Keep Your Furniture Looking Great Despite the Pets with These Practical Fabrics.


By Lauren Flanagan, The Spruce

[post_ads]Sometimes, it can be lonely being the design-lover in your house. Not everyone feels the same way you do about the vintage chairs, cowhide rugs, or ultra-modern light fixtures. For the most part, that might not be so bad, but it can make things a bit difficult when you can't convince the ones you share your living space with to make preserving your decorating treasures a group effort. And while the situation can be tricky enough when the party that you're trying to win over is a child, a roommate or a significant other, it's a whole different ordeal when the thoughtless culprit is your beloved pet.

That requires a whole different plan of attack, particularly when choosing fabrics for your upholstery. The truth is, if you have pets you'll always have to deal with pet hairs and scratches on the furniture to one extent or another. But there are some fabrics that wear better than others. Check out these five pet friendly fabrics that will help you to keep your furniture looking great even when the pets make themselves at home on it.

Leather /Pleather Leather can be a good option for people with pets because the hair doesn't stick to it. It can be easily removed and the leather can simply be wiped down with a leather cleaner when it's dirty. However, it's important to note that most leathers will scratch (which doesn't have to be a bad thing). After a while you'll get a nice patina that looks great. But if you want your leather to look nice and pristine you shouldn't allow the pets on it.

Microfiber Microfiber is a synthetic fabric that wears like a dream. It doesn't rip or scratch and hair can easily be removed with a lint brush or even wiping it with your hands. Microfiber is also great because most stains can be removed with soap and water.

Denim Casual rooms can be well-suited to denim fabric.
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It's rugged, durable and easy to clean. While it's not ideal for formal rooms, family rooms, sunrooms and cottage interiors can benefit from denim furniture.

Canvas Canvas, which is made of cotton, can be great if it's in slipcover form. It's durable enough that it shouldn't scratch or rip and if it gets dirty you can simply remove the slipcover and toss it in the washing machine.

Crypton Crypton super fabrics have been designed with pets in mind and are stain-, water-, and bacteria-resistant. Check out this article from TLC for more information.

If you want to branch out into other fabrics, remember that the general rule is that tight-weave fabrics with pattern, texture, and darker colors are best for hiding pet hair and dirt. There are also some fabrics you should stay away from. Keep them in mind when shopping for pet friendly fabrics.

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