How to Protect a Leather Couch From Pets

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How to Protect a Leather Couch From Pets
Place pet covers on leather sofas to protect against sharp toenails. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Our pets give us many hours of laughter, play time and snuggling, but they also leave claw and drool marks on your leather couch. Leather provides a simpler fabric than cloth from which to remove animal hair, yet scratches from long claws may permanently scar the material. Drool marks stain leather, requiring special cleaners to remove them since water damages the leather material. With particular techniques and tools, both you and your special friend will remain happy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pet covers
  • Blankets
  • Pet bed
  • Baby gate

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  1. 1

    Look at your local pet store for pet covers that fit over couches. These covers vary in size, so measure your couch before purchasing anything. Fit the cover onto the couch following the instructions. If the cover fits over only a portion of the couch, train your pet to lie only on the cover.

  2. 2

    Lay an old blanket on one end of the couch and allow the pet to sit only on the blanket when on the furniture.

  3. 3

    Purchase a bed for your pet and lay it near the couch. Train the animal to lie in the bed as opposed to the couch. Each time the pet jumps on the couch remove it and firmly say "no." Place or lead the pet to its bed instead.

  4. 4

    Block the room with the leather couch with a closed door or baby gate when you leave the home. Non-access to the furniture prevents those unfortunate chewing or scraping accidents when you leave the pet alone.

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