21st September

Best Way To Wash A Dog Bed?

If washing the dog bed on a semi-regular basis isn’t already on your to-do list, it’s time to make a change.

If washing the dog bed on a semi-regular basis isn’t already on your to-do list, it’s time to make a change. Just think about it for a second: whatever your four-legged friend is covered in, chances are the bed’s covered in it, too – whether that’s hair, drool, or muddy paw prints.

Why wash a dog bed?

You love your pooch, but you can’t deny that a dirty dog bed make any room look unsightly. Even worse than that, it can pong a bit, too! Of course, dogs are bound to get messy from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you need to endure a filthy dog bed or a house that smells of wet dog all the time. 

Most beds are really easy to wash, especially if they have machine-washable covers. Building a dog bed wash into your routine (at least once a week is advisable) means you can keep your home clean, tidy, and odour-free. Plus, your companion will appreciate having a lovely place to sleep, too.

What are the benefits of washing a dog bed?

Beyond removing dirt and smells, washing a dog bed also has many other benefits. You never know what could be hiding on their favourite spot – microbes, allergens and fleas all like grubby beds. Like most domestic animals, dogs can carry disease-causing organisms, including bacterial, viral, or fungal nasties. They can survive up to a year without a host, meaning they could be lurking in your dog’s bed for a long time.

It’s likely that you touch the dog bed more than you think, and if you’re not careful, these organisms can end up all over your home. With this in mind, it’s good to get in the habit of washing your dog’s bed every week. But if they’re particularly active, or they manage to get dirty every day, it’s wise to increase this to twice a week. That way, you can make sure their bed stays nice and clean and germ-free.

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How to wash a dog bed

When it comes to washing a dog bed, you’ll need more than air freshener to keep it in tip-top condition. But the good news is that washing a dog bed pretty straightforward. Here’s how you do it in a few simple steps.

1. Vacuum the cover

It’s important to vacuum the bed before popping the cover in the washing machine to make sure it’s as hair-free as possible. Wet pet hair sticks to fabric, so it won’t come off when you wash it.

2. Remove the cover

If you have a removable cover, now’s the time to unzip and remove it. If your cover is non-removable, the steps listed below still apply – but instead of a washing machine, you’ll need to hand-wash with a damp sponge and mild stain remover.

3. Use stain remover

Having a stained dog bed isn’t the end of the world. You should be able to get rid of it using a mild stain remover; make sure you do this before popping it in the washing machine. Just treat it as you would a piece of stained clothing. And never, ever use bleach.

4. Load the washing machine

Load the cover (and the bed if possible) into a washing machine. Put it on at 30 degrees on a delicate cycle. Remember, detergents with lots of chemicals can cause irritation for dogs with sensitive skin, so it’s always best to use a mild, perfume-free detergent.

5. Dry the bed

When the washing’s done, it’s time to dry the bed. Lay the cover (and the bed, if applicable) out and allow it to air dry in a well-ventilated area. This will stop any mould or mildew from developing. Make sure you let it dry completely before your pooch uses it again.

6. Finally, enjoy

Now your freshly-washed dog bed will look as good as new. And your companion will have a nice place to sleep once again. Until the next time it needs a wash, that is…

You can find our selection of dog beds here.


By Raised By Humans