Pet Owner’s Guide to Choosing Upholstery Fabric

Reupholstering your furniture allows you to recapture your furniture’s original beauty and integrity.

While you have a large deal of choices when it comes to upholstery fabric, as a pet owner, you must consider a few factors.

We love our pets and so often treat them like family, allowing them to lounge about on the furniture with us. However, this means we must take caution in which fabrics we choose for our sofas and which we should avoid.

Upholstery fabrics to choosePet Owner's Guide to Choosing Upholstery Fabric

With pets, the best fabrics to choose are those that offer durability and are easy to maintain.

With its durable nature, leather is one of the best fabrics to choose for pet owners. Pet hair does not stick to leather and you can easily clean the fabric with a damp cloth without damaging the surface.

Because natural leather looks weathered as it ages, cat and dog scratches will go practically unnoticed and in some instances can help enhance the vintage look.

Another great option for pet owners is synthetic fabrics that are not prone to tears and scratches and which you can clean easily.

Fabrics like microfiber are resistant to stains and bacteria.

Fabrics to avoid

Fluffy pet fur, muddy paws, kibble residue: our furniture easily becomes a magnet for our pet’s messes depending on the type of fabric each piece has.

When it comes to reupholstering your furniture, avoid fabrics like tweed, which attracts pet hair. Pet fur and dirt embeds in rough-textured tweed, making it difficult to remove. Fabrics like suede, while durable, are also difficult to clean when soiled.

Silk and velvet are two other fabrics to avoid, as their delicate and luxurious materials are easy to destroy and tear. Silk also stains easily and is very vulnerable to dog paws and cat claws. Stay away from fabrics containing loose weaves or loops that pets may get stuck in.

Pick the “purrfect” upholstery fabric to suit your pet owner lifestyle from Design Craft Upholstery!

We offer furniture reupholstering and furniture restoration services in Lynnwood, so give us a call at 425-775-7620 to get started!

Tips for Maintaining Your Upholstered Furniture

Tips for Maintaining Your Upholstered Furniture Upholstered furniture can be both beautiful and comfortable for many years if cared for properly. Here are some top tips for maintaining your upholstery.

Properly clean spills

Spills are bound to happen, but if you’re not careful when cleaning you could actually make them worse! The best way to handle is to blot a spill spot immediately after the spill occurs. Never rub or scrub a spill. Blotting will absorb the liquid, whereas rubbing or scrubbing will push the liquid deeper into the fabric. Instead, blot with a clean towel or paper towel until all or most of the liquid is absorbed.

Vacuum

Gently dry vacuuming the surface of your upholstered furniture will help prevent dust and dirt from settling into the fibers. This is especially important to do prior to using any kind of fabric cleaner in order to avoid scrubbing the dirt into the fabric.

Avoid excess light and heat

Too much sun or heat exposure can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and even fray. Position the furniture so that it doesn’t sit in the sun for extended periods of time, and never use heat to dry your upholstery. Heat can cause permanent damage and shrinkage. Use a fan to allow the fabric to dry naturally, and be sure to wait until the furniture is fully dry before using it again.

Here at Design Craft Upholstery we specialize in furniture reupholstering and furniture restoration in Lynnwood, Washington, Seattle and the surrounding areas. From wood, leather, and cloth to many other materials, each piece is treated as a unique work of art. Contact us today for a quote!