It’s no secret that dog's beds can get dirty sometimes, whether it’s with muddy paw prints or urine. With the right care our dog beds will continue to look beautiful for years to come, however, you may be wondering what the best way to clean a dog’s bed is. In this blog, we look at the best ways to clean your L&L dog bedding to keep them looking as pristine as possible.
How To Clean A Dog Bed
The first thing to consider when washing your dog’s bed is what type of bed they have, different beds will want washing in different ways. Firstly check your bed for the wash label to see if they are machine washable, then follow the instructions below.
How To Clean Machine Washable Dog Beds
- Vacuum your dog's bed to remove any loose dirt or hair
- Washing a cushion or bed? These will usually have a removable cover so you can just wash the outside.
- If you’re washing an L&L box bed, a high wall or a cosy & calming bed, try taking the cushion out of the centre of the bed to help it fit in your machine. You can then wash them in two stages!
- If you’re using detergent make sure it’s non-toxic and safe for dogs
- We recommend washing at 20º on a gentle wash, this will help your bed maintain its colour and keep it looking fresh.
- Always air dry your bed to avoid any shrinkage, they may just need a little shake after being washed to help them return to their normal shape.
- Whilst your cushion cover is in the wash you can always wipe clean the cushion inner to help remove any stains which may have soaked through your cushion.
How To Hand Wash Non-Machine Washable Dog Beds
Maybe your bed isn’t machine washable or if it’s too big to fit in your washing machine, these step-by-step instructions will help you handwash your dog’s bed.
- Hoover your dog’s bed to help remove any loose hair or dirt
- Fill up either your bath or sink with hot soapy water – you want enough in there so you can submerge your dog’s bed
- Soak the bed in soapy water for 10-15 minutes – this will help loosen any stains
- Scrub the bed to remove any stains
- Rinse thoroughly
- Air dry your dog’s bed after wringing it out.
How To Get Rid of Dog Smells and Urine Stains from Dog Beds
Got tougher stains or smells to clean? Don’t worry, we have got some helpful tips which will help you get rid of that dog smell and clean any dog pee stains.
Smells – Try using baking soda when you hand wash your dog’s bed, this will help neutralise any smells which should deter your dog from repeatedly urinating on their bed.
Stains – Using an enzyme cleaner will help remove any tougher stains like dirt or urine. These work by attaching to the organic matter in the stain, they then begin to break it down from its roots. The stain should then wash out. We recommend the Simple Solutions Stain & Odour remover, it removes both stains and odours at once!
How Often to Clean a Dog Bed
We regularly wash our own bedding and we don’t get in our beds with muddy paws! So why should we treat our dogs beds differently? Experts recommend we wash our pet's bedding as much as we wash our own, ideally weekly. This helps to stop any bacteria buildup but also will stop stains and dirt from becoming too deeply ingrained in your dog’s bed.
Before washing your dog's bed always check the manufacturer's instructions, these will help keep your dog's bed looking as perfect as possible.
Still unsure how best to wash your bed? Why not give our customer care team a call on 01790 720900, who will be happy to answer any questions! Or read our L&L bedding wash guidefor more information.
Looking for the perfect comfy bed? Look no further than our Luxury Dog bed range. All of our beds are machine washable so are easy to keep clean and are handmade here in our Lincolnshire-based workshop so you can be sure they’re of the highest quality.