Contrary to popular belief, pets and a put-together home really can coexist — and it doesn’t mean banishing your furry friends to the yard or kennel either.

All it takes is the right mix of fabrics and floorings, and your home can stay stylish, on-trend and, most importantly, safe from those scratches, odors, and shedding that Fido and Fluffy are known for.

Want to protect your humble abode from the perils of pet-owning? These 6 materials can help you do it.

1. Crypton

Crypton is a stain-resistant upholstery fabric that repels moisture, spills, odors, and more. You can find all kinds of furniture outfitted in this material (Pottery Barn has a lot of options), or you can purchase the fabric at various craft and retail stores (like Joann Fabrics, for example).

2. Concrete

Concrete is a good flooring option if you want to reduce odor and prevent damage from pet nails. Brick, stone, and ceramic tile are also great choices.

3. Low-pile carpet

If you have to use carpet in a room, opt for low-pile weaves, as this reduces the amount of hair and dander that can get trapped in there. It also prevents pet nails from unraveling the loops and causing snags.

4. Woven fabrics

Thick, woven fabrics can also stand up well to pets. Think options like felt and herringbone here, as their more complex designs can hide stains and stray hairs. Similarly, patterns and prints can do this as well.

5. Synthetics

Synthetic materials like polyester and nylon can be good choices because they’re extra durable and can be easily cleaned and brushed. They’re also not easily damaged and are known for standing the test of time.

6. Removable fabrics

Opting for removable fabrics is also a great choice, too. Zip-ups pillowcases and slipcovers, for example, make it easier to clean your couch and living areas without having to steam-clean all your furnishings. Likewise, duvets are a good option for the bedroom.

Helpful hint: Look for materials that match your pet’s fur color. Though you should still vacuum and clean your fabrics regularly, choosing a similar color ensures a stray hair or two won’t stand out like a sore thumb. 

Need to upgrade your pet protections?

Is your home properly protected from pet damage? If not, a cash-out refinance may be able to help you upgrade your floor, furnishings, and fabrics. Get in touch with an Embrace Home Loans team member today, and we’ll walk you through your options.