5 Easy Ways You Can Prevent Your Furniture From Being Damaged by Your Pet
Pets can be damaging to furniture and flooring, but we love them nonetheless. They are a part of the family, our children even.
However, despite our undying love for them, their sharp nails, chewing teeth, and shedding fur can cause irreparable damage to your nice home furnishings.
The most obvious answer to how to keep your furniture in tip-top shape would be to train your pets to stay off of it.
But we understand that you might want to snuggle up with your pup while watching tv, so training your dog to stay off the couch isn't for everyone.
Most family pets are not limited to the floor or their dog bed, so we have compiled a list of tips to help you keep your furniture looking nice and new, even when your pets are using it too!
1. Buy Smart - Choose Furniture That Works With You, Not Against You
When your dog is always on the couch and other furniture, you may be wondering how you can keep it looking good as new.
Well, if you buy furniture that is stain resistant, durable, has removable cushions, is easy to clean. Also, consider purchasing a couch that has a color that matches your pet's fur.
Before you buy new furniture, it is important to think about the effect your pets will have on it.
Our biggest suggestion is buying a couch that is made of a durable, scratch resistant material. This will prevent wear and tear from your dog or cat constantly jumping up and down and inadvertently scratching the sofa.
It is also important to buy a couch that has removable cushions with zip-off covers. This will allow you to easily remove and clean the cushions and wash their covers.
Lastly, if you want to hide the appearance of fur, because no matter how often you sweep and dust, your dog probably sheds like crazy, you should purchase a sofa color that is close to the same color as your dog's fur.
This way, even if you fall a few days behind on cleaning, the hair will blend into the color of your couch.
2. Invest in a Couch Cover That Fits Your Sofa
A simple and inexpensive way to keep your couch cushions clean is to cover them when your dog or cat is on the couch.
A relatively cheap investment is a couch slipcover or basic protective blanket.
This is an easy way to keep your couch looking like new, and it is simple and fast to put on and take off!
3. Train Your Pet (or Compromise on Furniture Material)
Many dogs and puppies like to chew, and many cats like to scratch. If you are fortunate enough to train your pet to quit these bad habits, good for you!
Training your pet to stop these bad behaviors is obviously the first choice, but many individuals have tried and failed to break chewing and scratching habits.
There are even many products sold today that allow you to spray a scent on areas that your pets chew on, however, these products do not always work.
So, an alternative would be to purchase furniture that does not allow for this behavior.
For example, a leather or microfiber couch could prevent cats from scratching and destroying material sofas.
As for dogs and puppies, softer chewable materials, like wood, are often prime targets.
Avoiding wood tables and chewable legs is a smart idea if your dog or new puppy has a history or tendency to chew and destroy wooden furniture.
4. Keep Up with Your Dog and Cat’s Grooming Schedule
Getting your dog and cat regularly groomed can reduce the amount of pet hair and fur that ends up on your furniture.
Unless you have a hypo-allergenic dog or hairless cat, your pet probably sheds a lot.
Being proactive about getting your dog groomed and brushing your cat often will reduce the amount of cat and dog hair that gets onto the furniture.
5. Invest in a Pet Protection Warranty for Your Furniture
If you have a pet that has a tendency to destroy furniture, it might be in your best interest to invest in a pet protection warranty.
There are many different kinds, and each covers different types of damage, so be sure to do your research and pick the best option for you.
Furniture of Dalton offers an optional Five-Year Total Care VIP Pet Protection Plan on some of their furniture.
This warranty will help ensure your new furniture stands the test of time... and your pet.
They also stock tons of pet-friendly furnishings that have built-in stain and soil protection.
Check out their website here, to learn more about the products they offer.
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