Dogs also need a nice bed to sleep in, cozy, clean and smells nice. Although some pet owners allow their dogs to sleep on the couch or in their bed, as your dog likes to hug you, it’s okay to have their couch or go out at any time they want.
Here comes the tricky part; cleaning your dog bed needs to be more about deep cleansing than local cleaning. This is because germs pass through the outside/cover and thrive inside the mattress. Worse, flea larvae can also hide in bed and find their way back to your pet (and the cycle continues)! Therefore, cleaning or washing dog beds must be made correctly, or the whole purpose has been defeated.
With that in mind, let’s get into the information that came here – 1) how to thoroughly clean a dog bed; and 2) Important tips for keeping it clean longer than usual!
How to Clean Removable Dog Bed Cover
Nowadays, many dog beds come with removable covers that keep most stains and dirt from getting into absolute bedding. These are washable covers that you can wash in the washing machine with a mild, non-toxic washing machine. For further guidance when cleaning removable covers, you can find laundry instructions or pass markers marked on the tag.
On the other hand, the removable dog bed cover will have to be cleaned by hand. Although it is a long process that requires a lot of time and effort, hand washing the dog bed cover can be done effectively as follows:
Clean the cover while on the bed to remove hair, dandruff, and other debris. You can also use a roller for this. However, lubrication is adequate for intense cleaning.
Fill a deep bowl with warm water and add about 1/4 cup baking soda. Stir in the water and soak the extracted lid in the solution for 15 minutes (baking soda softens the smell).
For the parts on the cover, use a non-toxic paint remover like the one made for washing baby bedding. You may apply the product directly over the stain and see a clean area using a clean towel. Shake gently to avoid damaging the strands of the object.
Clean the product before scraping the entire cover with a small washcloth, a new towel, or a soft scrub brush.
Clean all used cleaning products before wrapping the surface gently and hanging it to dry.
How to Clean a Dog Bed (Without Cover)
Whether the dog bed mentioned has a removable cover or not, the actual bedding will still require intensive hygiene to ensure that bacteria and any larvae or ticks are killed. In addition, water leaks and stains are caused by wet mud, urine, etc. Finally, an outer cover can leave the “protected” bed dirty; therefore, deep purity is required.
Here’s what you need to do to clean your dog’s bed thoroughly:
- Cleaning machine to remove dog hair, dust, dirt, etc.
- An enzyme cleaner to remove stains
- A large bathtub or basin for seating a bed
- The washing machine was used for baby clothes
- Baking soda
- Soft soft brush
- Clean the towel
Step One: Clean the Bed
Cleaning a dog bed can be tricky due to the tight spaces between the padding and layers. Therefore, it is helpful to use an adhesive that will help clean up those hard-to-reach areas. Make sure you clean every dog bed you put in and out. If you find dog hair stuck in the strings of an object, use a brush to loosen it and clean the top of the bed again.
Step Two: Clean Spots & Stains
Treating spots on a dog bed should be done before washing or immersing it, as it needs to be dealt with at an advanced level first. Most of the time, the spots on the dog bed are left for a very long time, which is why they are set and adhere to what is used. For example, to remove stains from pet pee, drool, dirty paws, wet mud, and other common types of colors on a dog bed, see how they clean using an enzyme cleaner and a clean towel. Then, follow the instructions on the bottle to successfully remove the spots on the dog bed before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3: Immerse it in warm, soapy water
Like a washing machine (without tossing), wetting your dog’s bed in warm, soapy water can kill bacteria and deal with litter effectively. For this, you need a large basin/bathtub full enough to soak the bedding and clean the children for safe cleaning. If this is regular cleaning, use enough detergent to make liquid soap. First, soak the dog bed in warm, soapy water for 10-15 minutes; use your hands to press down on the bed every few minutes to compress the dirt trapped inside the concentrate/fold. If you see the water getting too brown during this time, replace it with a new soap solution and soak for five more minutes.
Step Four: Use Baking Soda.
Take the bed from the board, dip a damp brush in baking soda, and rub every inch of the dog bed. Baking soda use is perfect for removing foul odors and reducing the pungent odors in some laundry detergents. In addition, baking soda is known for its cleaning properties and is widely used in house cleaning. Now, you may need to use a toothbrush to clean/scrub hard-to-reach areas where the worms can hide. Be sure to clean the cleaning tool from time to time and continue rubbing until you clean the dog bed inside and out.
Step Five: Rinse Thoroughly
It is essential to get out all traces of detergent as the residual detergent may cause allergic reactions to your dog. RinseFirst, wash the dog bed using the basin/tub you washed it in. It will require more than one rinses until the cleaning solution is thoroughly removed from the dog bed. Repeat the process until the soapiness runs out.