It goes without question that dogs are some of the furriest pets you can have. Because of that, dogs acquire a strong scent that can easily catch on to their beds. What’s more, their fur can get built up in the nooks and crannies of their beds
If your dog’s bed seems a little dirty or smells kinda funky, then it’s about time you give it a good wash. Don’t have any idea how to wash dog beds? Don’t worry, you’re in the right place.
In this article I will tell you all about what you will need in order to effectively wash a dog’s bed as well as the different steps you need to take.
Are you ready? Let’s get washing!
How To Clean Dog Beds
Here are the materials and steps that you need to know to effectively clean your dog’s bed.
The Materials You Need
Before you start washing your dog’s bed, try to prepare these materials so that you will have everything you need within your reach once you begin.
You will need a nice vacuum cleaner to get rid of all the dirt, fur, and other things that are in your dog bed’s cover. When using a vacuum cleaner on a dog bed, make sure that it has a completely clean brush.
Another thing you must do before you use your vacuum on your dog bed is to ensure that it is in a dry spot. Cleaning a dog bed will require plenty of water, so make sure that your vacuum is plugged in a spot far away from water to avoid electrocution accidents.
You will need to prepare a stain remover to remove the pee stains, dirt stains, and even the poop stains. You can use any kind of stain remover, just make sure that it is safe to use for beds.
The amount you will need will of course depend on how big your dog’s bed is. If you wish to save some money, try to get a stain remover that is concentrated so that you can dilute it with water for ample amounts.
To further clean your dog’s bed and remove any foul odors, you will need some soapy water. For best results, you should use laundry detergent mixed with ample amounts of water. You can also add in some fabric conditioner to make your dog’s bed smell better and feel softer.
DRYER OR CLOTHESPINS
If your dog’s bed is machine washable, you may want to dry it up in your dryer so that your dog can use it immediately. Otherwise, you may want to use pins to hang up your dog bed so that it will dry up faster.
Steps You Should Follow
Once you have prepared all your materials, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Prepare The Dog Bed Cover
The first thing you will need to do is remove the cover from the dog bed. To effectively clean a dog bed, you must clean the cover separately from the mattress or bedding itself.
Once you remove the bed cover, turn it inside out to avoid dropping the fur, dirt, and other bits of filth on your floor. If you’d like, you can give it a quick shrug once you’re outside to quickly get rid of the things that are sticking to the cover.
After shaking off the unwanted debris, you should run your vacuum cleaner over it to get the furs and other unwanted pieces of dirt out of the cover. Doing so will allow you to wash the cover with ease.
Step 2: Vacuum The Mattress
After vacuuming the dog bed cover, you should now proceed to vacuuming the mattress itself. When vacuuming your dog’s mattress, make sure that you really get in there so that you will be able to target tiny dust mites or little pests too.
Make sure that you vacuum all of the mattress’ sides. Doing so will ensure that there are no odors and unwanted debris left in the mattress.
Step 3: Wash The Bed Cover
Once the mattress and the bed cover has been vacuumed, it’s now time to get washing. If your dog bed’s cover is machine safe, then you may simply place it in your washer to get it all cleaned up.
Otherwise, you may wash your dog bed cover in the sink with some soapy water. Apply some laundry detergent to your dog bed cover and try to wash every bit of the cover to remove foul odors.
To remove stains, simply apply your stain remover in areas that need cleaning. Once the stain is removed, wash the area again with soapy water.
After covering every part of the dog bed cover with soapy water and once you are sure that it is all clean, thoroughly rinse it before you proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Dry The Bed Cover
The last step you need to follow in order to get a well-cleansed dog bed is drying out the cover. If your dog bed cover is dryer safe, you can simply place it in the dryer and wait for it to completely dry.
Otherwise, you should hang up your dog bed cover outdoors with some clothespins to ensure that it will get completely dried.
Do not attempt to place a moist or semi-dry bed cover on your dog’s bed. If you do so, you will only end up with a bad smelling dog bed and your furry best friend will literally smell like a wet dog.
Step 5: Assemble The Dog Bed
After you have thoroughly cleaned the mattress and once the bed cover is completely dry, the only thing left to do is put the dog bed back together.
Before you cover the mattress with the cover, make sure that it is free of any fur, dust, or other unwanted debris. If you find any dirt, dust, or fur in your dog’s mattress, give it another vacuuming to ensure overall cleanliness.
Once your mattress is ready to be covered, simply place the bed cover back over the mattress.
A Quick Recap
There you have it! A short guide on how to clean dog beds at home.
Remember, the key to keeping your dog’s bed clean is having the right materials with you. The proper cleaning materials include a stain remover, a vacuum, some soapy water, and a dryer or some clothespins.
Through 5 simple steps, you will be able to provide your dog with a clean bed for resting. Just remember to completely wash your dog bed, you must separate the cover from the mattress. Also keep in mind that you should completely dry the cover before you place it over the mattress to avoid getting foul odors.