As we all know, our dogs like to make themselves at home, especially when it comes to the furniture in the house. Couches, chairs, beds, ottomans…. you name it! We wanted to write about leather furniture and the myths involved within. We believe that leather is the most practical upholstery for families with pets, but we will let you create your own consensus.
Myth #1 – Leather punctures easily. One of the most common concerns about a leather sofa is that the dog could puncture it with their nails. This will only happen if you purchase a low-quality leather grade couch. With top grain leather, it can take close to 400 lbs. of pressure to puncture it. We think that you’ll be in the clear!
Myth #2 – Leather is harder to clean. Leather is easier to clean than most upholsteries. It does not soak up spills as quickly and dirt, mud, or fur can all wipe clean. The key is to avoid harsh cleaning products. Invest in something gentler, or just stick to warm water when possible.
In conclusion, leather isn’t indestructible. To give your leather couch a good, beautiful life, you need to invest time, care, and a few trips to the professional cleaner. You’ll also need to invest in dog training. Consistency is the key, but consistency + enforcement is easier said than done. The good news for your sofa/dog dilemma is that leather wears in, whereas fabrics wears out. Set your expectations and be realistic about your dog. If you know your dog is going to make his couch your couch … go with the full-aniline leather.