I Shaved My Sofa

2.18.2011


No, that is not a type-o. I really did shave my sofa.


You see this girl here and whatever my red sofa is made of don't mix.


When Miss Bailey gets up on this sofa she scratches the cushions to make a so called nest, I guess.
Then I have this horrible looking mess.


So then I took my razor, which of course is really for my legs and underarms and these things are not cheap, and shaved across the fabric. Doesn't matter what brand of razor either just in case you
were going to ask.


So then you end up with this. Now this is the first time I have done this and she has been scratching
at this sofa for three years. I hope I don't have to do it again for a long time or the sofa
may go bald.


Now it looks new again. Whatever this fabric is I would not suggest using it if you have pets.


I would like for it to stay new looking a few more years. Now some might say keep Bailey off
of the sofa, but I don't want to have a house with pets and not let them get on the furniture.
She loves to lie on this sofa where she can look out the front windows and this room is usually
warm from the sun coming in.

Now that was your lesson in sofa shaving 101.
Just trying to help save the dog ravaged sofas across the world!

Have a super duper weekend!


62 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea, I should try this one some of our furniture!

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  2. Now I've heard of everything..LOL! GREAT idea and it worked perfectly...genious!

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  3. Great idea! I had to switch to leather in the living room because of my cats! Now I have to just keep them from clawing it to sharpen their claws!

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  4. You are too funny! Have a great weekend!

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  5. that is hillarious and something I should have done with our chenille sofa (it is upstairs covered in slipcover due to dog scratching)... hmm, maybe I can shave it now!

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  6. I hpoe it works three more years because I LOVE that sofa.........and the pillows!

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  7. Oh, you're brave. I've considered trying that before but I've always chickened out. Now I know it's alright. Thanks!

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  8. Too funny! I can't let my husband see this because the kids and I are trying to convince him to get us a dog...I can't give him another reason to say no! I am glad it really works though...your sofa looks like new!

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  9. I'm always either shaving or picking the "pills" and dog hair off my sofa so I sympathize with you on this one!

    Judy

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  10. Hi Kim,
    You could always shave the doggie. LOL! I have a sofa that kitty hair clings to and is really hard to clean. I think I'll just tell everyone that it is mohair!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  11. Genius! I never would have thought to try that! I love the fact you let your pets feel right at home. Stanley has free reign on all our furniture...including the bed :)

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  12. Pilot doesn't go on the furniture...can't believe it...but the cat does! He especially likes to go on my husbands chair and leave all his black fur behind. My husband says the cat is just trying to p---him off! Smart cat!!
    This is a great idea!

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  13. My little dog loves to snuggle on the sofa, and it is too hard to say "no". Great idea!

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  14. Kim, Too funny and yet really practical, those are the best ideas, Love it!! Happy weekend!! I am still purging and working on the playroom, having lots of fun except for the purging,KS

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  15. Great idea...........I too have a yorkie and she doesn't she very badly except on a couple of my throws in which she always makes a nest in!! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this gorgeous weather!

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  16. Ha! That's great! I use my Furminator on my wool rugs, and sometimes pull it gently across my upholstery, but that is for removing hair, not pilling/ snagging. Great idea!

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  17. I think that's a brilliant idea. My mom had a Yorkie and it nested in her sofa constantly. What can you do for cats that bite my jacquard sofa? LOL! eeeck!
    xoxo,
    Debra

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  18. How did you think to do that? I would ahve tried cutting the threads with scissors, and I am sure it wouldn't have turned out so nicely!!!! Have a GREAT weekend. BTW, I love the color of the sofa and love that ANIMAL PRINT stool!!!!!!!!!! Can I have it????:):):):) XO, Pinky

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  19. I have done this too except it was on a comforter.....I LOVE your sofa with that piping! Beautiful! And it does look brand new!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lou Cinda:)

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  20. consider 1 of those pet mats your prolly save 5 yrs on your sofa.

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  21. I have wondered about doing this! Glad to see it worked for you.... I hate shaving, so I am really going to have to motivate myself to attack my furniture. TMI<sorry!

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  22. I have to do the same thing - something about my cat's fur makes fuzz balls on my couch fabric, so every now and then I have to shave it with a razor. The things we do for our beloved pets!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  23. Thanks to your "lady gillette" I think Baily is forgiven ;) xoxo tami

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  24. Kim, we no longer have our sweet dog, but the sofa was his domain. He loved to sit on the arm and look out the windows. We finally had to recover the sofa. I think any loose weave fabric and pets don't mix well. But I agree with you, Miss Bailey should have the use of the furniture. LOL
    Have a great weekend. ~ Sarah

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  25. Such a smart idea Kim! The sofa in our living room doesn't agree with pets either, which is why it's in our living room where the dogs don't go most of the time. My next sofa will definitely be more pet friendly!

    Kat :)

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  26. The things you learn on blogs, this is a keeper Kim. Who would have thought....

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  27. It looks great. You know those little battery opperated sweater shavers. I have used one of those for years on some of my furniture. Works great. Hugs, Marty

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  28. Pets are hard on rugs and on furniture, wood floors, etc. BUT we deal with it since we love the critters so much. What's a little shave job here and there, right?

    Come on over, I'm having a give-away.

    Di

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  29. Thanks Kim for the tip. We just got a gorgeous Spoodle (Cocker spaniel x poodle) for our son for Christmas. Although he, Harvey, doesn't shed too much at the moment the shaving technique could come in handy down the track! Ange

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  30. I can't keep mine off the sofa either...I am just too soft about it :) That looked like it worked out pretty good!

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  31. I'm glad it worked for you. My sister used it on some fancy pillows that went like that. Our living room has a white slipcover and a chocolate lab puppy with muddy foot prints more often than I care for;) We try very very hard to keep her off the expensive leather sofa in the living room.

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  32. I have shaved my wool sweaters in the past when they started pilling. Glad to see that it worked on your sofa too. I don't have a pet, but if I did get a dog again, it would surely be allowed on the furniture...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  33. Well Kim, I thought maybe you'd gone round the bend! Amazing you thought to do that and it actually worked. My luck it would just tear it up. No, I don't want furniture that my pets aren't allowed on. Don't like that idea at all. Good job!
    Brenda

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  34. Kim I just went sofa shopping recently. They are making alot of couches with this stuff now, it has polyester in it and that is what makes it do that. They think it will last longer but I don't agree. Glad you figured out a fix.

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  35. Wow! That really did the trick! And yes - if you have a pet, of course they can go on the furniture. It's the least they deserve for being the great companions that they are. Peace.

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  36. I don't have pets, but I do have kids....so this is a great tip! Thank you! Your sofa looks great! XOXO ~Liz

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  37. It also works on carpet stains! When you spill on carpet it usually sits on the surface of the fibers and can be easily removed with a shaver!

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  38. Oh my this is too funny, great idea...hey but if you get crafty someday (ha ha) we know you do everyday...my brother made a bed for spanky that sits up off the ground so he can see out the window and it has a bed size that fits a king size pillow and it's perfect he never goes to the couch anymore!

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  39. I've shaved sweaters before but never furniture. Its good to know it works for furniture too. Your sofa is gorgeous. I don't blame you for wanting to keep it.

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  40. Our pets belong on the sofa's I agree. I got a battery operated sweater deballer once and shaved my sweater, it looked soooo god when I finished. The next time if wore it, it had holes all over LOL! glad you had better luck!

    Carol

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  41. lol You need a sweater shaver!

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  42. Must be a terrier thing. Our mini schnauzer digs and goes round in circles until he makes himself a little nest.

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  43. AND it works great on sweaters or clothes that get "pills" on them. Love those razors!

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  44. I have shaved sweaters before, but never a couch! My MIL puts a sheet over her couch during the day while the animals are on it and whips it off if anyone comes over! Sweet Bailey!

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  45. That's why I love my heavy duty microfibre. It cost a lot but is worth every penny. Just a wipe with a dry microfibre cloth and no more fur. I don't have anyone digging, only clawing accidentally. That I can do nothing about.

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  46. Love this post. My daughter has two dogs and she also shaves her furniture. I thought she was crazy. I have to tell her about your sofa. She will feel vindicated. That baby is so sweet I bet she sits wherever she wants. Hugs, Ginger

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  47. I've shaved many sweaters, but never a sofa!

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  48. I love this post..... from a fellow spoiled dog owner...

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  49. How funny - I couldn't believe your post title when I saw it on my sidebar. I think you may need a larger razor though! :) Blessings, Kim

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  50. I have shaved sweaters before too!

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  51. My little Bubba does this too when he wants to get attention. He knows if he starts scratchin' I'll come a-runnin'. I love the color of your sofa. I just bought a sofa and two matching chairs in red. I hadn't planned to get red but I fell in love with it. But now I'm having a hard time finding decorating inspiration because it seems so many blogs have white slipcovers! So, it's good to see that someone else wants to have some color in their life. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Another idea now that it's shaved would be to find a cute little bed/pad/blanket just her size to place in that area. Eventually the body oil in their skin (just like ours) will discolor/dirty the fabric. Buy two so you can have one in place while washing the other. And I recently purchases a product from Dirt Devil made for pet hair......it is the BEST thing I have ever used and worth twice the money. I have white furniture and one of my cats is black, use your imagination. It's the "pet hair" Dirt Devil online.
    Hope this helps someone.
    Dee

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  54. Great idea... shaving did the job. Your sofa is absolutley gorgeous, by the way. :)

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  55. What a neat idea! Thank you for sharing. My cats use the side of my sofa as a scratching post sometimes and it is starting to look like your before...I can't wait to try this.

    Michele

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  56. Years ago, before I married and before high-thread-count, all-cotton sheets were easy to find (or, maybe afford), our bottom sheets would pill up over time. Every few weeks, Mom and I would shave them. We'd put a fresh-from-the-dryer sheet on the bed and pull it as tight as possible then use a razor similar to yours to shave the areas that were pilled. The multi-blade ones are best and I don't remember ever cutting a sheet. Sure made them last longer.

    Sherry in Little Rock

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  58. I know I'm late but I'm just now catching up on my blog stalking, anywho, wouldn't a sweater shaver thingie work just as well & be cheaper too? I've used mine on everything but sweaters & my couch lol

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