When it comes to my dogs, I always like to make sure they are comfy and cozy with their own personal beds. While they do love their set of dog stairs and ramps, dogs can’t deny how much they love their fluffy cozy beds. With that being said, just like a human must clean up after their bed and their comforters, a dog bed must be treated the same exact way. Reason being, dog beds can keep nasty bacteria, urine stains, bugs (like ticks or fleas), paw prints, and odors that will have your guests wondering where its coming from. So, today, we are going to give you a little tutorial on how to properly clean a dog bed!
STEP 1: The Dehair Experience
Before we can even wash the dog bed, especially if this is your first time, you will want to take some extra precautions to properly clean their bed. First and foremost, we suggest taking the dog bed outside and clapping the bed with either your hand, shoe, or another material to shrug off any loose dog hairs. From there, bring the dog bed inside to an area where you don’t mind doing a little vacuuming later. The goal is to vacuum the cover of the dog bed, thoroughly. A thorough vacuuming experience entails patience and repetition. Use multiple vacuum tools and appliances to remove as much dog hair as possible. This is essential as when the dog bed gets wet, it’s impossible to remove that dog hair.
STEP 2: Prepare for Washing
Before you can immediately put the dog bed in the washer, there are few extra steps that you must do prior. Most importantly, if your dog bed comes with a cover, you will want to remove that cover first. In the event that there is no dog cover, please take the time to read the label and discover what are the washing instructions. In most cases, a dog bed can be washed in any normal washer; however, if you have a larger dog, you may need to visit a laundry mat.
Whatever steps need to be taken to wash the dog bed you can do; however, please follow the instructions accordingly. Whether the cover needs to be removed or not, you are going to use a proper dog stain remover on the cover before washing it. This has been proven to be the most effective way of handling any stains and odors and removing them for good, well, until next time!
STEP 3: Washing the Bed
If your dog bed has specific washing instructions, here is where you will want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. In our experience, it is best to clean a dog bed in hot water to remove and eliminate any potential bugs or eggs that may be nesting in your dog’s bed. Now, you must be careful with the type of detergent that you use when washing your bed since dogs are sensitive to scent. The last thing you want to do is ruin your dog’s precious bed with a new scent. If in the event you may not wash the bed in the washer, you can hand wash the bed using a towel, hot water, and applicable dog detergent.
STEP 4: Drying the Dog Bed
Now that you have properly washed the dog bed and removed any bacteria, bugs, or dirt/stains, it’s time to focus on drying the dog bed. If you have a dryer large enough to handle the dog bed, you can use it with a dryer sheet to remove any static electricity. (REMEMBER THE SCENT RULE) These sheets will also be a key factor in removing any extra hair. If your dryer cannot handle the dog bed, feel free to allow the bed to dry naturally in an area where there is free-flowing air and where mold will not grow.
Clean a Dog Bed 101
Cleaning a dog bed is not meant to be difficult; however, there are a few things you must take into consideration. We cannot encourage you enough to read the label and washing instructions of your dog’s bed before washing and drying it. Every single dog bed will have specific directions as to what is acceptable and what is not. At Dog Stairs and Ramps, we want your dog and their bed to be healthy and safe.