7 Kinds of Fabric That Repel Pet Hair

by Vivvy A
Two Cats Laying On Blanket

The thread count of fabrics affects how much dog hair is clung or repelled on a fabric.

Higher thread counts mean the fabric is softer, but it also means the fibers are more tightly woven. More tightly woven fabrics attract less pet hair or none at all.

Remember to avoid heavily textured furniture fabrics and knittings since dog hair can get trapped within the thread and weave and are not great furniture materials for resisting pet hair.

Below are seven types of fabric that resist pet hair.


MicroSuede is very pet-friendly, non-woven, stain-proof, and super easy to maintain. It breathes like cotton and is incredibly soft.

The fabric is washable and gets softer every time you wash them. Removing your pet’s hair is as easy as running your vacuum nozzle over the fabric.


Leather is very resistant to pet hair. It is easy to clean, repels, and resists pet hair and stains very well.

Your dog’s hair will not stick to leather but it will sit on the surface of your furniture and accumulate if it is not cleaned.

You will also have to occasionally condition your leather to keep it soft, clean and prevent it from cracking. Vacuum your furniture and use a damp cloth to remove any pet hair that lingers.

Dog standing on leather couch that repel pet hairs


Moleskin is a heavy woven cotton fabric. It is a very soft and durable material, barring extreme washing.

The tightness of the structure prevents your pet’s hair from clinging to the material, and because of the thread count, the fabric is very soft and gets even softer over time. If you shake your bed covers too hard most of the hair would fall right off.


The individual threads used to create silky microfibers are so tightly woven that it makes it so hard for pet hairs to stick to the fabric. Microfibers are stronger and less prone to breaking than natural fibers.

The material is also mold resistant. If I had to choose, I would go with Microsuede over silky microfibers any day. Beg to differ?


While not the best choice on the list, Denim also prevents some sticking of pet hair. I think your jeans would be a great example here.

Denim resists pet hair better than most fabrics, like velvet or corduroy. Experiment with your jeans clothing at home, and see.

Denim fabric does not attract pet hair


Linen has amazing fibers that are very absorbent and dries super-fast. The fabric is excellent, credit to its threads, so it lasts very long.

Linen is known to reduce your stress and improve your sleep. The material is weaved so well, making it very resistant to your pet’s hair.

Tightly Woven Cotton

Tightly woven 100% cotton repels dog hair. Make sure that your cotton is 500 plus thread count cotton or above. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave, making it a more pet hair-resistant fabric.

Cotton fabric resist pet hair

These Fabrics Attracts More Pet Hair

The following types of fabrics are the least resistant to pet hair, and because of the roughness of these fabrics, it makes it harder to repel your pet hair.

Avoid using these kinds of fabrics if you can to reduce hair sticking, especially for your clothes.


This material would make an excellent bed for your pet. Because of its rough-spaced surface, it traps almost all of the pet’s hair that touches it. Corduroy is not a good option for clothing and furniture if you have pets that shed fur.

Corduroy does not attract pet hair

Velvet and Velour

Velvet-like fabric – Velvet is a gorgeous material, and although it seems very delicate – it is not. It’s not the best material for dealing with stains and most times acts like a magnet for your pets’ hair.

Six Ways to Remove Pet Hair From Your Clothes and Furniture

If you have clothes and furniture that are not pet hair resistant, here are a few proactive and reactive things that you can do to limit pet hair.

Dogs are easier to manage when they listen to you and training your dog properly can stop them from jumping up on your furniture, which means less pet hair for you to clean.

1. Pre-dry your clothes before you wash them. Run your bedding through the dryer on a low setting before throwing it into the washer. This loosens the hair and traps it into your dryer’s filter.

2. Get a Furminator deShedding tool for your dogs, the ChomChom roller for your bed, sofas, and comforters, or the Scotch-Brite Lint Roller for your clothing, on Amazon.

3. Leather is one of the best fabrics for repelling and resisting pet hair. It’s a great choice for dog owners who are looking for new furniture and don’t mind leather.

Leather couch best for repelling pet hair

That been said, if you do not want leather, you can choose pleather or another type of fabric above that does not attract pet hair.

4. If you use quilts on your bed, use a duvet that’s larger than your quilts to get full coverage. It’s lightweight and works well in the summer when it’s hot.  You can wash it in your washer as often as needed.  

5. Regularly brush and de-Shed your pet. This donut cuddler pet bed is cozy enough that your dog or cat will enjoy curling up in. It minimizes odors and excess pet hair as well.

If you need a vacuum, here are two cheap vacuums that you can check out; The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Handheld Vacuum and Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hardwood Floor Bagless Cleaner if any of those suits you.

These vacuums have great suction, trap debris and dust particles very well. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (corded and handheld) is great for pet beds, countertops, stairs, low pile carpet, furniture, and even your car.

The Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hardwood vacuum is great on tiles, low pile carpets, and hardwood floors. It can pick up pet hair, hairballs, pet litter, and pet food.

No matter what you do, you will still notice some amount of pet hair on your clothes or furniture.

You can try vacuuming a bit more, use pet hair roller removers, especially on your clothes, make some areas of your home off-limits to your pets, or provide more frequent grooming.

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