Ewww! That bed smells nasty! I need to wash it ASAP otherwise it can kill an elephant!
That’s the sort of reaction every dog owner gives when their dog’s bed becomes smelly. No matter how good the bed is, in a few days, you can hardly tolerate that skunky smell.
And your pets just don’t get the idea of how worse the situation is. They run and roll outside and bring home with them all sorts of dirt and germs which often get stuck in their bed.
If you are a newbie dog owner, this post is just right for you. Never keep your dog’s bed untreated for too long. Let’s know more!
Why you wash a dog bed?
The smell should be the number 1 reason to wash your dog’s bed. This is the first thing you can perceive directly. But there are some other things that can prove detrimental to your dog and your family too.
Some organism that comes along with your pet from the outside may well live in his bedding up to a year. These organisms can transfer to you and cause various diseases.
Don’t forget about fleas and how much damage these pesky little insects can cause.
If the bed is not washed frequently or properly, it can trigger an allergy in your pet. That can lead to itching, licking and an appointment to the vet.
How Frequently should you wash your pet’s bed?
Washing your dog’s bed isn’t that complicated, but a little hard work can prove to be life-saving. Washing it at least once a week should be the best you can do. If your dog sleeps less on his bed, then once every two weeks should be fine. But nothing more than that.
Better to have a sturdy dog bed to keep up to frequent washings and maintain it’s quality year-round.
If you are a loyal dog owner, washing your dog bed should become your lifelong habit.
How to wash a dog bed the right way (for washing machine).
Before jumping onto the actual cleaning process, a number of pre-washing techniques can be applied to reduce the cleaning time.
For getting rid of dust and any sort of loose dirt, you should use a quality vacuum cleaner that can be handheld and is also powerful enough. For removing any dog hair on the bed, use a lint roller.
A good way to pre-wash the bed is to spray water on it using a hosepipe. Be sure to hang it or keep it on an elevated surface. You don’t want it to attract more dirt from the ground.
A stain remover can also be a good option to get rid of most of the debris. In this way, you are also keeping your washing machine’s drainage system clear.
Soaking in hot water.
It’s essential to soak the bed in water before putting it in the washing machine. Use hot or boiling water to kill bugs and other insects living on the bed effectively.
Setting up the washing machine.
The washing machine setting will depend on the dog bed’s manufacturer recommendation. Some beds will require cold water and a normal setting. Others might do well in hot water and a delicate washing cycle.
Before turning the machine on, allow the bed to soak in the detergent mixed water for at least 15 minutes.
If the bed and pillow cover is removable, then remove them and wash them separately. For beds not washed in a few weeks, an extra wash cycle would be appropriate.
If the bed has no tags about the washing requirements, use hand wash or put it in the washer in cold water and with a delicate cycle.
Detergent to use.
Choosing a good detergent is also crucial for washing pet laundries. Any harsh chemicals present in the detergent can cause allergy and skin irritation for your dog.
A hypoallergenic and dye-free detergent can be used to maintain safety standards.
You can follow up the washing with a cycle of hot water and half a cup of bleach. But this can also be avoided. But make sure that the bed is rinsed well.
For drying the bed, you can either use the washing machine dryer or direct sundry.
But from my experience, I recommend sun drying. This will give the dog bed maximum opportunity to dry and kill bugs.
You can just hang it or layout in the sun. It’s the method of drying used from the dawn of time and never disappoints.
If weather conditions are not appropriate for sun drying, you can use the washing machine dryer instead. Whatever method you choose for drying, the bed must thoroughly dry so that there is no chance of mold growth.
Hand washing a dog bed.
Hand washing the dog bed is an alternative option if the bed is too large or the covers are not removable. The pre-washing process remains the same here.
You need hot water to soak the bed and laundry soap that perform well for handwashing. Mix together well in a tub. When you think the water has cooled down, begin the washing process.
- Squeeze the bed with the laundry soap mixed water and rub with your hands.
- After a few turns of squeezing and when the tub is filled with dirt, pour clean water and rinse well.
- You will know when to stop when you see no more dirt or bubbles appearing.
Reduce dog bed washing by spot cleaning.
Spot cleaning can save you from washing the dog bed often.
Use a wet cloth and wipe out the mud as much as possible. Once it’s dried out, use the vacuum cleaner to remove the residue.
If the bed has dog urine on it, first use a dry towel to soak the wetness. Then 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water and 4 tbs of baking soda can be applied effectively. Wait for 10-15 minutes and then wipe with a towel.
Removing Vomit and blood.
Once you wideout the excess stain on the bed, you can use a homemade mixture to remove vomit or bloodstains. Mix 1 tbs of salt, 1 tbs of a liquid dishwasher, half a cup of vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. This can be applied with a sponge until the stain fades away.