Easy clean fabrics recommended for homes with pets
Pets are wonderful aren’t they? They’re a constant source of fun and love – and they’re always ready for action. Dogs get you out of the house for a walk no matter what. Cats purring is probably the greatest sound in the world. We love our pets so much that we downplay the messes they can make, but let’s get real for a moment: they really do make some spectacular messes sometimes, don’t they?
In this article we help you welcome your favourite animals into your carefully considered home interiors.
Brushing helps against excessive shedding
Soft furnishings bear the burden of pet-related cliché problems. Sheers and velvet drapery falling foul of cats scratching and dragging their claws through the curtains… white sofas, muddy dog paws…you get the idea.
Perhaps we’ve being a tiny bit biased here but if you use our upholstery fabrics, pet fur isn’t such a big concern. Bear in mind that if your dog is white, and your sofa is dark, a stray hair here and there might be a daily occurrence.
Just like us humans, house pets generally love to be groomed. Regularly brushing your dog or cat goes a long way to cutting down on shedding and having to deal with pet hair in all parts of the home. If your pets are fabulously furry, giving your living room furniture a quick once-over with the hoover every so often isn’t a bad idea either.
Plus it’ll keep them spick and span from any crumbs left behind by humans too!
Trimming claws keeps things nice and neat (and healthy!)
Nail trimming is another important part of pet grooming. Pets with longer claws might have trouble eventually with painful feet, and even more serious consequences, according to an interesting report in Dogs Naturally Magazine.
Aside from your pet’s wellbeing, paying attention to their claws will help prevent any accidental scratching throughout the home.
FibreGuard is the result of years of research and testing by interior designers and textile engineers. Our focus at FibreGuard is to be what we call ‘life-friendly’: offering fabrics ready to stand up to anything daily life can throw at them.
Our fabrics undergo numerous textile tests in independent laboratories to ensure that they’re all durable, reliable, and of consistent quality – in the real world, accidents do happen.
This is one of the core reasons that we created FibreGuard fabrics in the first place, to ensure your peace of mind with proven protection against accidental stains and spills.
Read more about our mechanical textiles testing procedures and see the remarkable results for yourself.
Easy maintenance tips for furniture owners and their pets
Well-loved homes are well-lived homes.
Keeping it as low-key as possible is our best recommendation for cleaning your home when you have pets.
Here’s what we mean when we say ‘low key’:
Buy once and buy better. Investing in a solid product with proven durability and cleanability certifications will empower you to decorate your home with materials that stay fresh, last longer and are always easy to maintain. This goes for upholstery and drapery as well as all surfaces of your home from counter tops to floors to light fittings, and beyond.
Our fabrics are proven by extensive testing to be durable, easy to clean, soft to the touch and colourfast. Recently, we have been introducing collections with antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties. While not all collections from the past or the future will be antimicrobial, we’re excited for the future.
Using these materials in a home with pets makes sense.
Use all-natural cleaning products (like water). It’s so much better for the environment as well as for the surfaces, fabrics and humans in your home.
In fact, cleaning accidental stains from our upholstery and drapery fabrics with water is what we recommend. Just normal tap water.
Most of the time water is all you need, and if you have a tougher stain then it’s time to break out our secret weapon: a small amount of standard, white, household soap. It is good to remember that immediate stain removal will ensure the best result. Full cleaning steps are here.
Pet friendly, child friendly, life friendly: this is the FibreGuard guarantee
Now that there is a pet in the family doesn’t mean you have to wrap your couches in plastic or lock your fur baby in the garage. Remember that all you need:
- Brushing helps against shedding
- Keep those claws neat and tidy
- Use all-natural cleaning products (like water)
- Buy once and buy better. Make a considered, purposeful decision when buying upholstery or drapery for your home interiors.
Finally, look for the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification when you’re decorating your pet-friendly home. This is our promise to you that our drapery and upholstery fabrics won’t release any harmful finishes or chemicals into the world.
Want to learn more? Contact us about your interior projects, we can’t wait to hear from you!