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We spend a lot of time keeping our homes spic and span, especially when there are four-footed friends to constantly clean up after. So it can be quite dismaying to see the way said furry friends keep their own abodes – a dog’s bed is his castle, and too often it’s a castle coated with mud, hair, slobber and something that smells suspiciously like the pile of trash your dog was rubbing himself in at the dog park. Dog beds come in all shapes (sometimes odd ones) and sizes – some are covered with a slipcover and other doggie nests are piled high with blankets. Today we’ll discuss how to best clean your dog’s bed and the accessories that come with it. Cleaning Foam Dog Beds If you’ve got a foam dog bed, we hope you’ve got it somewhat safe from pet hair inside a slipcover. If so, unzip the cover, take it outside and shake out as much of the hair and dust as you can. If any hair remains, try a once-over with a lint roller. Next, soak the cover in the sink or bathtub in very hot water for 10-15 minutes before popping it in the washing machine to kill any insect eggs that could potentially be lurking. Wring the water out and pop the cover into the washing machine on the heavy-duty setting. Vacuum the foam bed thoroughly to get any dust or hair that may have snuck in. Fill your bathtub with hot water and some mild detergent (don’t use the same water you washed the cover in!). Once the water is warm enough to be tolerable, use your hands to work the soap into the foam and perhaps put something heavy on it to hold it down while it soaks. Drain the soapy water and refill the tub with clean water. Don’t forget to squeeze the foam bed to get the soap out – keep at it until all the suds are gone. Bring both the cover and bed outside and lay them in a sunny spot. Don’t pop them in the dryer – that could shrink the cover. Reunite foam with cover and repeat the process in a few weeks after Fido stinks it up to his liking. Note: If you bought a stuffed dog bed that doesn’t have a detachable cover, vacuum the bed thoroughly then follow the same steps listed above for foam beds. And for those with washable covers, consider replacing it once a year. Cleaning a Dog Crate If your dog carrier is your pet’s main place to rest, try to clean it every other week (or more often if you have a puppy who hasn’t quite mastered his potty training). The first step is to remove the bedding and wash it as described in the tip above. If you have a home with a yard or driveway, spray the crate with water outdoors using the spray nozzle on your garden hose. If you live in an apartment, wipe it down with antibacterial wipes or a damp sponge. Use an ammonia-free cleaning solution to sanitize the hard shell of the crate. Dog urine is ammonia-based, so the scent of a cleaner that contains ammonia can confuse your pet and make him think it’s OK to pee inside the crate. If you have a soft-sided crate, soapy water and a rag will do. Air dry your crate and then put the bedding back in it for your pet’s comfort. Need advice on what to pick for your dog’s next bed? Check out our guide to dog beds.
For over 40 years, KONG toys have been delighting dogs and pet parents worldwide. A KONG toy encourages play, offers enrichment and helps to satisfy a dog's instinctual need to play.Classic is a fun chew toy with an erratic bounce that keeps dogs guessing. A KONG also offers solutions to poor pet behavior like barking, destructive chewing and separation anxiety. With proven problem-solving ability, a KONG is a tool in your hand helping you connect with your dog.
Load the dog bed cover or the entire bed into a front-load washing machine and wash it in hot water to kill any insects and eggs that may be on the bed. Dogs are sensitive to chemicals, so use a mild detergent to prevent irritation. If your large dog bed cannot be washed in a washing machine, you can hand wash it in a bathtub using hot water and mild detergent. You can also follow the directions in our guide on cleaning a memory foam mattress topper when you clean a memory foam dog bed. Make sure to thoroughly rinse all detergent from the bed before drying.
Dog's Delight While KONG is a dog toy, another impactful use is when it is stuffed with a dog's favorite food. Mix 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 1/2 cup kibble, 1/4 cup green beans and 1/4 cup chopped strawberries together and stuff into a KONG. Freeze for a longer lasting treat.
Sure, you’re not the one sleeping there, but you likely come in secondhand contact with your dog’s bed multiple times a day, every day. Whenever your dog moves from his bed to your couch or comes over to you for a quick pat, he’s dragging an invisible cloud of germs everywhere he goes. Fortunately, your dog’s bed is one germy area you can control the cleanliness of. Learn more about how to properly wash a dog bed, below.
Some dogs just cannot be trusted with a regular bed. Notorious chewers will make short work of traditional stuffed beds, so you will have to try something a bit more durable if you want to keep the stuffing in and the dog teeth out. Kong’s chew-resistant dog bed promises greater durability than traditional dog beds, but follows many of the same general cleaning practices.
Made of durable all-natural rubber, KONG is great for dogs who like to chew and acts as a diversion, relieving stress, boredom and anxiety. Stuff a KONG with treats for hours of enjoyment or play a game of fetch with KONG's unpredictable bounce.
Chicken Pot Pie While KONG is a dog toy, another impactful use is when it is stuffed with a dog's favorite food. Mix 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup cooked chicken, 1/4 cup frozen peas and carrots together and stuff into a KONG. Freeze for a longer lasting treat.
Unfortunately, there’s no quick way to thoroughly clean your dog’s bedding. While vacuuming will minimize hair and dirt, it's not enough to get rid of harmful microbes on your pet’s bed. The only way to reduce your risk of infectious disease transmission is to launder your pet's bed once a week, according to the IFH. In between washings, remove hair with a vacuum or rubber gloves or place a sheet over the dog’s bed.
If the dog bed has any stains, simply washing it may not effectively remove all the stains from the dog bed cover. If there are urine or feces stains, mud, or other deep stains, spray the bed with a stain remover before washing. This will help remove any stains left by your pet.
The biggest pups need a comfortable large dog bed to accommodate their size when nap time rolls around. Large dog beds can be cumbersome, however, especially when you need to clean them. Whether you're cleaning off fur and muddy paw prints or deep urine stains, properly cleaning pet beds can keep you and your furry friend happy and healthy.
Make sure you get as much pet hair as possible off the dog bed before washing. Pet hair will stick to the wet fabric in the washing machine, so removing it before hand will help you get a cleaner pet bed. Use your vacuum hose and an upholstery attachment. Focus primarily on the sleeping surface, but make sure to remove dust and fur from the entire cover. You can also vacuum the bed between washings to keep it cleaner longer.
As for cleaning different types of dog beds, follow the directions indicated on the bed’s label, as washing instructions may differ depending on the type of fill the bed has or if it has a removable cover. The water temperature and time of washing, however, should remain the same regardless of the bed.
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Note: If you bought a stuffed dog bed that doesn’t have a detachable cover, vacuum the bed thoroughly then follow the same steps listed above for foam beds. And for those with washable covers, consider replacing it once a year.
Step 1Vacuum the bed cover thoroughly. This helps remove dirt, debris and hair from the bed before you run it through the wash. Step 2Unzip the nylon outer cover and remove it from the bed. Step 3Wash the nylon cover in your washing machine with cold water. Wash the cotton liner on hot, separately. Step 4Place both the cotton liner and the nylon cover in the dryer and let them tumble dry. Step 5Put the liner back inside the cover and zip it closed once both are dry.
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