We all love our dogs as they are great housemates, welcoming us with excitement and joy that other roommates can’t do.
Furthermore, dogs are excellent listeners with unconditional love, and you must take good care of them.
Therefore, frequent cleaning of the dog’s bed is essential to make sure that the pet remains clean, fresh, healthy, and happy. If you are unfamiliar with how to wash a dog’s bed, here is a step-by-step guide on how to carry out the process keeping it fresh.
- Before you start the washing process, make sure that all zippers on the bed are tightly closed. This protects stiffing from getting out and prevents the zippers from further damages.
- When drying the dog bed using a dryer, ensure that it can tumble freely. When it fails, the heating element can easily damage the bed as a result of excess heat.
- Thoroughly check the bed for tears and other weaknesses before the washing process begins. In case you find any, fix it before you wash the bed as this can clog the drains with the stuffing and this can worsen the problem.
- In case the dog bed has a cover, be sure to remove it then clean it separately. Do this according to the manufacturer’s recommendation on the tag. It’s advisable to clean the cover with hot water and pet-safe detergent. Avoid folding the cover during the drying session as this might extend its drying time.
Things you will need
Here are a few items you’ll need to clean the dog’s bed neatly.
- A vacuum cleaner
- Pet-safe detergent
- Spot stain remover
- Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- Shake the Bed Out
Begin by shaking the bed to get rid of the huge clumps of dirt and other debris. You can do this in a place that you don’t mind getting dirty or outdoors as dirt from the bed may settle in the immediate areas. Alternatively, you can loosen the stubborn dirt by beating them gently using a stick or a broom.
- Vacuum It
Before you add any liquid to the dog’s bed, make sure you run the vacuum on the bed to get rid of loose dander and hair that collects there inevitably. Vacuuming the bed also destroys all unhatched eggs from fleas and insects.
If you aim to capture everything, pass the lint roller over the dog’s bed immediately you are through with vacuuming it. Remember to work on the corners where hair and other debris accumulates.
- Wash Those Nasty Stains
When the dog’s bed has stains from urine, faeces, mud, or anything on the bed, you can use a spot remover before you start washing. In case you wash the bed and dry it without doing this, those stains can be hard to remove.
Never use a non-bleach cleaner to remove the stains and if with some reasons you lack the option of using a non-bleach cleaning agent, avoid ones manufactured with chlorine. Make sure you treat stains as directed then clean it properly for sometimes.
Squeeze the bed properly to remove as much water as possible. Repeat this severally before you start washing.
- Clean the Bed with Hot Water
As you clean the dog bed, be sure to read the instructions first on the tag for the manufacturer’s recommendation on how to care for the bed. Assuming the bed complies with the regulations, and when it fits, place it on your washing machine, and then wash it using hot water.
When the bed is too large to fit inside the washing machine, you can opt to take the bed to a laundromat then use a large washer. You can also fill your bathtub with hot water then spread it there, then wash the bed by hand. The hot water kills all remaining eggs and insects on the bed.
As you wash it, add mild detergent on the hot water then add white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. The vinegar is an active deodorizer and cheaper than other commercial products, and more so, it’s a safe product for the dog.
While choosing a soap to wash the dog bed, don’t choose harsh commercial cleaners as they can irritate your pet’s skin. Some are even toxic.
After filling the bathtub with hot water, place the bed inside then make sure that water covers the bed completely. Allow it soak for approximately 15 minutes to make the next cleaning step easy.
- Rinse the Dirty Water
Immediately after soaking the bed, drain all dirty water from the tub, then squeeze all the water that is stocked on the foam filling. After that, rinse it carefully with warm water. Squeeze it to remove water.
Ensure you do the rinsing repeatedly until you don’t see soap bubbles on the water that you are squeezing out.
- Allow It Dry
Once done with squeezing water from the bed, if possible, throw the dog bed on a dryer then allow it dry thoroughly. When the bed is larger than your dryer, and the sun is out, place it outside then allow it dry.
Also, you can place it close to an indoor heater, but make sure the bed is on a safe distance and never leave it unattended. Let it dry completely to prevent mould from growing on the foam again.
Congratulations! The dog bed is clean, and the bad smell is gone. You can now rest being aware that your dog is comfortably sleeping.
Although the process may look simple, many folks don’t know how to clean a dog bed. However, if you are familiar with the steps above, the bed will always remain clean, making sure that your pet has a hygienic and healthy place to rest and sleep. The same way you may require a beautiful place to rest on, so does your pet.
Plus if you wash the bed regularly, you will rest assured that no bad odors will be felt within your compound.