You wash your bedding regularly, right? We bet that you even steam clean your mattress occasionally. This is because it is nice to sleep on crisp, clean sheets. If you feel that way, then it is understandable that your dog may feel the same way, not only for your dog’s comfort but also for their health and those living in the home. But you also have to do that task properly, so just how do you best clean your dog’s bed?
We have gathered some info for you so that you will be better able to get that dog bed clean.
How Often Should You Wash Your Dog Bed?
The first question we want to answer is how often that dog bed should be cleaned. For the most part, we think washing the bed once a week is a good idea that will not allow fur and dander to accumulate.
However, if your pup is a little more active and goes outside consistently, then you may consider upping that to two times a week.
There are many types of beds; some will have covers, and some will be solid beds that need to be washed together. So let’s look at how to clean each individually.
Cleaning A Removable Dog Bed Cover
Most of the time, removable covers are machine washable. Like every other machine-washable item, you can find the washing instructions on the tag. For those removable covers that are not machine washable, here is the basic process of cleaning them:
- Start by vacuuming the cover to get the bulk of the fur off of it.
- Then fill a sink or wide-brimmed bucket with warm water. Add in a quarter cup of baking soda to help with the odor.
- Stir the water to mix in the baking soda and then toss in the cover. Let soak for about 15 minutes.
- Rinse the cover out and take a mild detergent and scrub the cover.
- Once done, rinse it thoroughly and let it hang dry.
Cleaning A Dog Bed With No Cover
There are some models of dog beds that do not come with a removable cover, as we said above. This process is a little more time-consuming but still fairly easy. Here are the steps you should take when learning this type of dog bed:
Like with the removable cover, you should start by vacuuming the bed. Make sure to use the strongest setting and really get into all those nooks and crannies.
After this, you should start with treating any stains on the bed. You can use any pet-friendly cleaner and follow the instructions.
Next, you will need to fill a vessel with warm water and a mild detergent. Let the bed soak for up to 20 minutes. As it is soaking, make sure to press down on the bed a few times to get some of that deep down dirt out. If the water turns brown, you may want to dump the water out and refill it again.
If you have gotten most of the dirt out, you want to take the bed out of the water. Then take a scrubbing brush, dampen it, and dip it into baking soda. You should then scrub the bed entirely with that brush which should help remove some of the smells. One big tip is to make sure that as you’re doing this, you clean that brush off occasionally so as to get a new helping of baking soda and to get rid of any grime that you have removed.
You will want to make sure that you get all of the detergent and baking soda out of the dog bed as it could cause allergic reactions when your dog lays on it. In order to do this, you will need a bucket of clean water, and you will dip it in and out until all of the soap/baking soda has been removed.
The last step is, of course, the drying, and you will want to make sure after the dog bed has been rinsed out thoroughly that you squeeze it until you get most of the water out of it. Then you will want to set the dog bed somewhere up out of the way in direct sunlight and let it dry completely.
Keeping A Dog Bed Clean Tips
The best tip we can give you is to make sure you have a solid routine when cleaning your dog’s bed, but of course, there are other things that can be done to help maintain a clean dog bed as well.
Here are a few of those:
- Throughout the week, make sure that periodically you vacuum the dog bed whenever you vacuum your house.
- Try to keep the bed in direct sunlight. This will help keep bacteria and stale odors down.
- You can sprinkle baking soda over the bed and let it sit for a couple of hours. Once that is set, you can then vacuum it, and that will remove some of the odor. (Make sure that you remove the bed from its usual place so that the dog does not lay down in the baking soda.)
- Try to use or invest in a waterproof cover that is removable so that you can protect the main bed from stains.
- Keep a consistent grooming schedule for your dog, reducing the pet hair left behind in the bed.
- Make sure that the minute your dog comes from outside, you wash their paws.
- Take a cloth and let it soak in water and apple cider vinegar, and wipe down the bedding to sanitize it and prevent any flea larvae from surviving.
- Using warm water and pet-friendly detergent spots, clean any stains that may show up.
Keeping your dog’s bed clean is very important for their health. So how best to clean your dog’s bed? Depending on the bed you’ve chosen, the process may differ, but in the end, you will want to take care and keep a consistent schedule so that your dog is always comfortable. We hope that going over the processes above has helped you.