How to properly wash your dog bed

How to Properly Wash Your Dog Bed

Jun 22, 2021Alex Ho

Your fur baby’s dog bed can become a host to a lot of germs and bacteria that can cause diseases and unpleasant odor if you don’t clean it regularly.

As a responsible fur parent, it’s your duty to keep your fur baby’s dog bed clean. This means cleaning it every 3 to 5 days, depending on how fast it gets dirty, and how often you bathe your dog.

As you already know, there are two kinds of dog beds: those with removable covers and those without. Needless to say, they have different ways to keep them clean. In this article, we’ll teach you how to clean the different kinds of dog beds, so your fur baby will always be safe and cozy.

Dog bed without removable cover

Older dog bed models tend to have no removable covers. This makes them a bit more tedious to clean than newer ones. But don’t fret, we’ll try to keep it as simple as possible, so you can easily keep you pup’s bed clean.

Step-1 Remove any loose dirt using vacuum.

Before applying any cleaning agent to the dog bed, make sure you remove all the dust, loose dirt, and fur from all the corners. Ideally, you’d want to use a vacuum cleaner so you can remove all the dust mites and other microscopic elements from the bed.

It’s important that you do this thoroughly so that all the dust and dirt that can cause discoloration is removed.

Step-2 Clean up stains (from dirt, drool, pee)

After cleaning solid debris from the dog bed, spot treat all the stains on the dog bed before they become perrmanent. We recommend using a good stain and odor removal spray and a wash cloth or a small toothbrush to scrub.

If you don’t treat these stains before washing the dog bed, it might leave an unwanted mark on the dog bed that’ll be harder to remove.

The best practice is to wipe of stains the moment they happen so the fabric won’t absorb it.

Step-3 Wash the bed using washing machine (read the tag)

After spot cleaning, throw the bed inside your washing machine. Make sure you’re using the right settings based on the fabric. Else, you’ll end up destroying the bed.

If your dog bed is too big for your washing machine, an alternative you can opt for is using a wash basin or a bathtub. Worse comes to worst, you’ll have to manually wash it using a hose, soap, and scrubber.

Just make sure you use enough soap to wash away all the dirt.

Step-4 Most important: dry the bed thoroughly.

Once you’re done washing and rinsing your fur baby’s dog bed, dry it using a dryer or by airing it outside and letting the sun and the wind dry it out for you.

This is the most important step because if you don’t dry it out completely, it will grow molds and it will smell bad.  

After your dog bed is fully dry, it’s time to bring it in the house again. You can opt to spray some dog perfume or disinfectant spray on it to make it smell fresher. Just don’t over do it because your dog might not like it.

Dog bed with removable cover

Dog beds with removable covers are easier to clean because you can opt to wash the bed base less frequently than the cover, especially if it doesn’t get too dirty.

Here’s how to clean a dog bed with removable cover easily.

Step-1 Remove the cover

Similar to cleaning a dog bed without a removable cover, the first step you’ll need to do is remove all the dust, loose dirt, and fur from the bed. Then, you’d need to spot clean the cover too before you wash it in the washing machine. Just follow the recommendations on the tag, and voila, you’re good to go!

Since the cover is the one that gets dirty easily, you’ll have to do this every 3 to 5 days.

Step-2 Wash the bed using washing machine (read the tag)

After removing the dog bed cover, you can just throw the bed on the washing machine and follow the instructions. And if it’s too big, you can use the other methods we indicated above.

When you have a dog bed with a removable cover, it’s okay to wash the bed every two weeks, especially if it doesn’t get too dirty (poop, pee, mud, water, etc.)

Step-3 Most important: dry the bed thoroughly.

Finally, after washing both the cover and the bed, it’s important that you still dry them out completely to eliminate odor and molds.

DreamCastle Dog bed with waterproof protector

Cleaning a DreamCastle bed with waterproof protector is so easy, you’ll wonder why other dog beds are so hard to clean!

Step-1 Unzip the cover & place it to washing machine.

Much like traditional dog beds, you still need to clean the debris, dust, and dirt off your fur baby’s dog bed. After that, you can easily remove the waterproof protector and throw it inside the washing machine.

Step-2 Place a new set of bed cover.

Since DreamCastle’s bed has waterproof protector, the main bed doesn’t get dirty as much as traditional dog beds. This means that you can just buy several waterproof protectors and change them regularly.

It’s so convenient especially if you’re a busy fur parent.

We hope that with these tips, you’ll find it easier to clean and maintain your fur baby’s dog beds.

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