Dog lovers everywhere know that part of life with a dog is dealing with dog fur. It’s just the reality of life with a shedding dog.
We expect it, we live with it (and naively expect others to kind of do the same). We do our best to eliminate it, or at least keep it contained, but it’s a struggle when fur and hair finds its way into everything; onto and under furniture, on clothing, and in the car.
With fall underway, and a little seasonal re-decorating likely happening in homes across the country, we thought it’d be timely to talk about one other way, besides brushing, to deal with dog hair and fur: selecting fabrics and finishes that repel it.
Most microfibres have a tight weave, so they don’t let loose hair and fur accumulate in their fibres. If your microfibre has a looser weave, dog hair may adhere to the fabric, but you should be able to remove it with a quick wipe with a clean cloth. Vacuuming is also a quick and easy option and simple to do on this texture.
While obviously political and personal, leather is arguably the best fabric to have around your home for repelling dog hair. Fur can’t stick to it; it just slides off. It’s also an option when it comes to deciding on interior finishes for your car (although it’s expensive, so decide if that’s an option for you). Whatever hair and fur does accumulate on leather can be easily wiped up with a wet cloth and the oils in your dog’s coat won’t stain the leather. Sharp, jagged dog nails are another issue, but leather holds up pretty well to well-trimmed, filed dog nails.
3. Silk Blends
It’s slippery, so silk is relatively resistant to dog hair and fur accumulation. Silk blends are a practical and affordable choice these days and they come in a variety of patterns and textures, which can also help to conceal any hair or fur that does adhere to the fabric.
Now, What To Avoid…
1. Heavy Textures
Anything heavily textured like suede or velvet, brocade, shaggy wool or velour. These fabrics are lovely and cozy, but they act like magnets for dog hair and fur. If you’re willing to spot clean or lint roll frequently, these fabrics can be a great option for something small and decorative like a throw pillow or two. But velvet pants? Not so much.
Other fabrics to steer clear of are synthetics like acrylic, polyester, and nylon. They have increased potential for static cling which will attract dog hair and fur more than usual. The same goes for synthetic clothing like polyester pants and fleece jackets.
Lastly, loose knits. Their loose, wide weave will allow dog hair and fur to get lodged in cables and creases. If you’re wearing your favourite handknit sweater, just maybe sit a seat or two down from Fido on the couch, and look for machine washable knits when it comes to throws and blankets. Not much beats the warmth of a cable knit throw in the dead of winter, so check the labels. You don’t want to be missing out!
Options for Existing Fabrics
There are fabric sprays you can apply to your existing fabrics to make them more resistant to dog hair and fur, but they’re chemical-based, so make sure to read the labels before you buy. There are some green options out there too, so be sure to do your research and decide what’s best for your home.
*BONUS TIP: For keeping dog hair and fur at bay on hardwood floors, sweep your floors with dryer sheets! The charges oppose and dog fur won’t stand a chance.
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