What’s the Easiest Dog Bed to Keep Clean?
Dog beds become dirty and smelly over time, and they can also harbour flea eggs or ticks. Washing them is essential, and this can be a simple or complicated task, depending on the type of bed your dog has.
If the bed has a removable waterproof cover, cleaning is simple. Without a removable cover, a thorough clean becomes more challenging.
Washing a Dog Bed with a removable cover
Washable dog beds with a cover are easier to clean than ones without a cover.
First, vacuum the dust and hair from the bed and blanket to prevent the fine hairs from clogging up your washing machine filter. A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment is ideal. Remove the cover and vacuum the mattress and all other parts of the bed. The cover can then be washed, along with the blanket. Use a pet-safe washing liquid and, if needed, a stain remover.
Depending on the type of bed you have, you will sometimes have to wash the mattress too. A model like the Topology has a waterproof cover that keeps the dirt away from the mattress, although there may be occasional leaks if the dog has soiled the bed, in which case the mattress will need washing.
The mattress should be soaked in a bathtub of hot water using a pet-safe washing product. Alternatively, it can be soaked for 15 minutes in a tub of water in which two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda have been dissolved.
Some mattresses are pliable enough to be washed in a washing machine and dried in a tumble dryer. Otherwise, the mattress will have to dry outside. Choose a warm sunny day if possible – easier said than done at certain times of the year! The important detail is to choose a well-ventilated area, which will prevent mould from growing as the bed dries.
What’s the perfect, easy-to-clean dog bed?
The perfect easy to wash dog bed is a waterproof one made with cleaning in mind. If it has a machine washable cover that zips on, the bed can be washed and dried within a few hours. This system also has the advantage of longevity, as a worn-out cover can be replaced.
Topology beds employ this system and come in various versions and colours, all machine-washable at 30C (85F). By matching light and dark colours to your dog’s coat, the hair will be less visible. A minor issue, perhaps, but white hair on a dark mattress, or dark hair on a white bed, looks very messy. The Topology covers are also waterproof, which protects the memory-foam mattress underneath. They come in different sizes, too, to suit all breeds of dog. Topology beds also prevent dirt from accumulating around the bed or mattress, as they have frames with legs that keep the structure off the ground.
Washing a Dog Bed without a cover
First, vacuum-clean the bed, getting into all the folds and corners. Next, use a brush to loosen any hairs caught in the bed’s fabric and then vacuum it again.
Individual stains can be spot-treated with enzyme-based cleaner before soaking the whole bed in hot soapy water for 15 minutes. Squeeze and turn the bed a few times during this time, to remove as much dirt as possible. If the bed is very dirty and the water turns brown, soak the bed for five minutes and then replace the water.
The bed should then be scrubbed all over using a damp brush dipped in baking soda. Use a toothbrush for the folds, seams and corners. This will add the finishing touches to the cleaning and will also deodorise the bed.
In the final step, fill the tub with warm water again and soak the bed, squeezing and kneading it to remove all traces of detergent. Repeat until the water shows no traces of soap bubbles.
The bed can then be air-dried in a warm and well-ventilated place.
Why do dog beds need washing?
Apart from the obvious issues of smell and hair, there are potential problems with a dirty dog bed that a simple brush or vacuum-clean cannot tackle. Infections can be passed from dog poo and urine or anything the dog has regurgitated. The bacteria in these bodily discharges can linger in the mattress for several months.
Washing the mattress cover once every week or so eliminates this problem. The frequency will depend largely on how much hair the dog sheds and how dirty it tends to get. If anyone in the household has a dog allergy, frequent cleaning is essential.
To kill any potential nasties lurking in the bedding, it will ideally need to be washed at 60C (140F), although lots of bedding will have washing instructions recommending a lower temperature. A waterproof cover, which is a feature of the Topology range, prevents the mattress from soiling, and these covers can be washed at low temperatures.
All dog beds provide a good night’s sleep for your dog, but the best ones do far more than that. They keep dirt and bacteria at bay and make the home environment healthier for everyone.
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