It cannot be denied that home pets can be quite dirty … They not only bring with them a lot of sand from a walk – they also drool, lose hair and can not always be thoroughly wiped after a bath or a walk in the rain. Of course, all this dirt lands on the dog’s bed, which quickly begins to smell bad. How to clean a dog’s bed so that it is effective and at the same time safe for your pet?
Choose a dog bed that can be cleaned!
When buying a dog bed, we must take into account not only whether it will appeal to our pet and whether it suits our home decor. When choosing, we should also check what it is made of and how it can be cleaned. Can they just be thrown into the washing machine? Will the den fit in with it at all? Is the filling of the dog cushion even washable? This practical information will prove to be extremely important at the moment when our pet has a slip-up or when the pooch has washed his bed with a smelly teether … Here are some basic rules that will help keep each bed clean.
How often do you need to clean the dog bed?
The frequency of cleaning the dog bed depends on both the material from which it was made, and on the quadruped itself. Dogs drooling, shedding a lot of undercoat and who like to get muddy on a walk will dirty their bed faster. Also puppies and older dogs, who may have a mishap, will need frequent bedding. If the bed is closed in a waterproof leather cushion, it is probably enough to wipe the dirt with a wet cloth. However, beds made of soft material should be thoroughly cleaned at least once every two weeks.
How to clean a dog’s bed?
Here are some tips to help you clean your dirty dog bed effectively!
- Cover the dog bed in advance with a blanket. Thanks to this, most of the dirt will just be on it and you will avoid washing the bedding so often.
- Vacuum dog hair. Before washing the lair, first remove the dog’s lint and sand with a vacuum cleaner. Do not forget about the material bends, which collect the most impurities!
- Check the price tag. You will find there information about whether the bedding can be washed in the washing machine, as well as tips on safe washing temperature.
- Remove the cover. If the dog bed has a removable cover, you should not wash it together with the filling. After removing the top material, it may turn out that the middle of the bedding is not stained or does not smell too much. In this case, all you need to do is shake it well and ventilate it, and put only the cover in the washing.
- Clean heavy dirt before washing. Urine stains, dried mud and smudged dog food may not get in the washing machine. Try to put them in the tub using a stain remover or a special agent to remove dog impurities.
- Use only mild detergents. Washing powders for humans can irritate the dog’s skin. They can also be highly toxic to the quadruped!
- Dry the bed thoroughly. Before sharing the bed again with your pet, check to make sure it has dried up. The damp cushion is the perfect place to grow fungi and mold.