Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean they are going to be friendly to man’s favorite sofa. Even if these lovable pets are well-behaved, pet dander, claws and slobber can damage fabrics and features. This is why our team at Phoenix Furniture Outlet recommends that pet owners invest in pet-friendly sofas for their Arizona homes.
Doing a little extra homework can help identify the best sofa for even the furriest members of the family.
Start by Eliminating Fabrics to Avoid
Some fabrics and pets just don’t mix, and you’ll save time in your search for a pet-friendly sofa by eliminating these first. Sofas made from chenille, velvet, tweed and silk are not good for pet owners. These fabrics are more difficult to clean and more likely to absorb stains and odors. Moreover, fabrics such as tweed are magnets for pet hair, and cats love to sharpen their claws on the fibers.
Set Your Sights on a Microfiber Sofa
Synthetic fibers make microfibers a popular pet-friendly fabric for sofas. Cats really don’t like to scratch at it or bite it, and the fibers don’t absorb moisture and stains. Microfiber is strong and resilient, which makes it one of the longest-lasting sofa materials. Moreover, the majority of microfiber sofas, including the Louvre Reclining Sofa, can be cleaned using nothing more than warm water and soap.
Look Closely at Leather
Leather sofas such as the Chesterfield or Empress Leather Sectional Sofa are exquisite and bring a touch of elegance into the home. Leather is a pet-friendly couch fabric because pet dander is easily brushed off of a leather sofa, and they don’t absorb odors. However, they can be scratched, which means you will need to keep the dog’s toes trimmed and install a scratching post for the cat to help protect the sofa. Should something happen, minor scratches can be buffed out and covered up with leather moisturizer.
Consider Camouflaging With Patterns
Even the most careful Arizona pet owner with the most considerate Pug, Pekinese or poodle can find their pet-friendly sofa covered in hair and slobber. Floral and geometric patterns like those of the San Roque can help mask minor blemishes and keep the focus off of your furry friends’ misdeeds. When looking for patterned sofas, consider dark-colored patterns such as blue, black, and brown – these will do a better job of hiding blemishes than lighter colors.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
One of the best ways to find pet-friendly couches is to take a look outside the window. Sofas made from canvas, including the Summon Outdoor Patio Set, and other outdoor fabrics, such as the polyster cushions of the Fortuna, will resist everything from sun fade to slobbery chew toys. It may require adjusting the decor a little, but it is well worth the effort.
Slip on a Slipcover
It is not always possible to find a pet-friendly fabric for sofas to match the homeowner’s decorating desires. One easy and inexpensive solution is to search for a slipcover that does. Slipcovers can be slipped on for those times when your pets are allowed in the room, and slipped off for those times when company is coming over for coffee.
Adding Additional Protection for Pet-Friendly Couches
A touch of Scotchgard will go a long way toward protecting even the most pet-friendly couch fabric. Easily applied and quick to dry, a couple of light coats will help the fabric repel moisture and dander. This can help prolong the beauty of the sofa within your living room.
If you want more help choosing the best sofa for your family and the pets lounging around your Arizona home, we invite you to stop by Phoenix Furniture Outlet. Our sales associates will be happy to answer your questions and find the perfect product for your needs. By taking the time to find your ideal pet-friendly sofa, you can avoid potential furniture disasters that both you and your pet will regret.