07th June

How do you get stains out of a dog's bed?

Dogs are a natural nuisance at creating stains. Whether it’s your new puppy forgetting his toilet training and making a mess of his new bed or your adolescent dog bring outside inside, dogs are notorious for making a mess. Lucky you, because you’re the one who has to deal with it!

So if you have a new dog in your life, it’s time to whip out your strongest stain remover. Unfortunately, dogs will drag dirt with them wherever they go, and their beds are where they spend a lot of time. It’s highly likely over time that stains will start to appear. Although your dog is unlikely to notice, a dirty dog bed really does ruin the aesthetics of your home.

There are a number of methods of removing stains from your dog's bed. We’re going to take you through some of our top tips, to ensure that your house will stay sparkly clean and your dog will have a lovely stain free bed to sleep in.

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How do to get rid of the tough stains

The best form of action is to start by soaking the affected areas. Start by placing a wet towel on top of the stained area for 10-20 minutes. If the bed is covered in stains then you can submerge the bed in water for the same period. For particularly tough stains use a toothbrush to help flake off the stains is advised.

If the stains are resisting your best efforts to remove them then extra measures will need to be taken. You can use non-bleach treatment products to attempt to remove the stain. Don’t worry those, these products are not harmful to your beloved furry friend!

It’s important to try and keep your dog’s bed not exposed to any bleach products as they can cause harm to your pooch. Negative side effects such as mild irritations and internal corrosion can occur so it’s best to stick to non-bleach products. This avoids the risk of causing harm to your dog.

If there are no bleach free products available then we’d advise using chlorine free products. It’s important to ensure that the bed is rinsed through thoroughly before the bed is used again.

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Making sure the bed is clean and odour free

Once you’ve been able to remove the stains there’s a chance there may still be an odour within the material. These stains can sometimes become home to insects and bugs that can spread.

To prevent this from happening it’s advisable to push the bed in the washing machine on a high heat (around 130 degrees). This allows the water to sterilise the bed from any infections or bugs.

If the bed is too big for the washing machine then place it in a bath of boiling hot water for around 3-5 minutes. This should kill of any infectious stains and odours.

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Preventing stains

Of course, the best bet for you is to try and ensure that your dog doesn’t stain their bed at all. Unfortunately for your dog, this means bath time will become a more regular occurrence!

Although it’s easier said than done, if you can try and keep your dogs away from mud on their walks then there’s less of a chance of them bringing it back into your home. We would recommend giving their paws a quick clean anyway before they go back into your home. 

It’s recommended you try and wash your dog bed at least every 3 months, but it can be as frequent as every couple of weeks. Usually, you can tell when it’s time for the bed to be washed!

Here at Raised by Humans, we have a wide range of machine washable dog beds to help you try and avoid those annoying stains. If you need any further information then feel free to contact us today and we’ll do our best to help you!

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By Raised By Humans