H.H. asks from Fort Worth, TX on November 09, 2006
Microfiber Furniture & Pets / Children
I am in the market for some new furniture. I have been searching for the perfect pieces, but have not found them. So I have decided to go the "cheap" route and purchase that "forever furniture" later.
Anyway, I am looking at microfiber. I have 2 large dogs that are not allowed on the furniture, but you know how that can be. They are short haired (boxers actually). I also have 2 cats that will be entering the house in a few weeks (long story). My concern is that the sales guy thoght that I would have trouble getting the fur off of the furniture. Do any of you have experience with this issue?
I really prefer to microfiber to the other fabric that we are considering, however I don't want my furniture to always have hair on it, whether I have vacuumed it or not. I was thinking that as long as I vacuum the furniture, it should come off, right?
Please help, I need to purchase in a couple of days.
So What Happened?™
Thank You so much for your help. I purchased the couches this weekend without any doubts!!
N.S. answers from Dallas on November 10, 2006
Hi, I had lots of rescue cats and some dogs when I had my microfiber couch and loveseat. I never had a problem with hair. It brushes right off and I think it's a good choice for people with pets.
A. answers from Dallas on November 10, 2006
Don't believe that salesman or buy from him. We purchased our microfiber furniture based on the fact that we have 2 almost 3 kids and one large dog. In the 2 months that we have had it. My son has wrote on it with pen and I wiped it off with water and there are no signs of the pen left anywhere. Our dog doesn't get on our furniture but he is constantly rubbing up against it. The hair comes off so easily. It is nearly as durable as leather, it's comfortable and very affordable. We purchased our set from Haverty's and it was delivered with in 3 days. Good Luck. A.
D.M. answers from Dallas on November 09, 2006
Hi, I have found that using a combination of lint rollers, rubber gloves and the vacuum works best for keeping pet hair off of my furniture. Hope this helps.
A.S. answers from Dallas on November 09, 2006
Hi there. I have a microfiber couch and also 2 cats. What is really easy to get the cat hair off is to take rubber gloves and run your hands along the fabric. Cheap, easy, and fast!
S.T. answers from Dallas on November 10, 2006
We have two Doberman Pinschers that ARE allowed on our dark brown microfiber couches. I tell everyone that it is the only way to go! Everything wipes off with a damp cloth and it looks perfect again. We do vacuum it once a week. There is a yellow sponge that they sell at Bed Bath and Beyond that you use dry on the furniture and it piles the hair up and then we vacuum it up. Easy breezy! It is the only way to go! I even unzip the seat covers and toss them in the washer...hang to dry and put them back on....brand new! I had Berkley Fabrics in Addison recover my light green couches in dark chocolate brown microfiber fabric. They also have a store in Frisco...the # to the Frisco store is ###-###-####. They do great work in record time! He also took a pair of scissors and scraped at the fabric and it left no mark. It is the best stuff for kids and pets.
M.F. answers from Dallas on November 09, 2006
The only way to keep animal hair off your furniture is to not have animals. However, the Dyson "animal" does a great job at lifting all of it from upholstery.
M.B. answers from Dallas on November 09, 2006
I have 7 cats in my house and a dog. I don't have microfiber furniture, but I have great difficulty keeping the cat hair off of my microfiber clothing - a pair of black pants comes to mind as being particularly problematic. So, unless you're planning on vacuuming at least daily, you're going to have cat hair on your furniture. Even short hair cats will shed. You can minimize the shedding by brushing the animals regularly. We actually put towels or throws on our furniture so that when we have company we just remove those so that we have relatively fur free furniture. I plan on buying leather for my next couch to minimize the hair problem.
D.S. answers from Dallas on November 10, 2006
Hey there, I have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 2 messy kids! I purchased my couch from www.homereserve.com . It's an almost white microfiber couch that resists every single stain that has landed on it thus far. Including liquids, pen marks, and other kid and pet messes. It's also very easy to get the hair off of since it doesn't get stuck in the threads of this fabric. Also, the entire fabric is easy to remove and to throw into the wash machine for easy cleanings. I've always wanted light couches and I cannot believe that I'm able to get away with it with this AMAZING fabric. I had a really expensive couch at my old place that was destroyed within 12 months. The cats clawed it to death and the kid stained it EVERYWHERE so this couch is such a blessing for us. If that wasn't cool enough, underneath all the cushions is additn'l storage (and not wasted space as in most couches, I LOVE IT!
C.C. answers from Dallas on November 10, 2006
Hi H., funny you should ask! I have a white boxer and a large dark green microfiber couch. I was so worried, white dog hair.....green fabric. My dog is not allowed on the furniture either, but he does like to rub on it. The hair does stick, but it comes off rather easily. I use one of those tape brush things. The ones that are for getting dog hair off of your clothes. I have found that it works better than the vacuum. For the most part the hair that "floats" onto the couch rubs right off with my hand, but the place where he likes to rub himself against the couch takes a little more work. Not too much that I regret it though!! A few strokes with the brush and it comes right off! Good Luck!