When you first introduced that new pup or kitty into your home, you knew there would be a few sacrifices that would come along with that decision. That couldn’t be more relevant than when selecting new furniture to buy. Between the shedding hair, untimely accidents, sharp nails and paw prints – you must be very wise and cautious in your decision when selecting any furniture for your home.

From sofas to your favourite reading chair, to those classic upholstered dining room chairs, they all become potential vulnerable targets in the path of your furry loved ones. So before you head out shopping and get hooked on a particular piece, here’s how you should narrow your selections down in order to give it the best chances at surviving through that pet dander and wear and tear.

Synthetic Fibres

Despite how some home designers may feel about synthetic fabrics, they are becoming increasingly popular, especially for pet-friendly homes. They are one of the best options when it comes to reducing build-up of fur and odours. And since cats seem particularly uninterested in scratching this material, you can keep it scratch-free as well. If you need to clean away any stains, most require a simple mixture of water and soap.

Patterned Fabric

If you love the look of patterned fabric, you’re in luck! Not only is this a great way to add a touch of flair to your décor, but it can also work wonders for hiding your pet’s hair and dander as well. If you do decide to go with a pattern, make sure that the focal colour throughout it is similar enough to mask that hair. The last thing you want is to purchase a patterned sofa, only to realize it makes Mr. Whiskers’ leftover hair stand out even more.

Leather

Leather is a great alternative option for appeasing both your aesthetic eye, and dealing with any shedding fur. And if your pet does happen to make a mess with fur (or anything else), you can clean it easily with a quick vacuum or cloth. If you can find distressed leather, even better. It will hide hair and dander, while camouflaging any scratches.

If you do have a cat, point them towards a scratch post that’s close by to your couch and they should leave it be.

But no matter which type of fabric and furniture you decide to choose, the best way to combat any stain or odours while increasing the longevity of it, is by having an annual upholstery cleaning. It’s one of the best ways to get deep into those fibres and keep your furniture looking (and smelling) like new!