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Keeping your pets bedding clean and smelling fresh will not only benefit you and your pooch, it’ll also prolong the life of your pet’s well loved bed. Here at Lords and Labradors, we know being able to wash your pet’s bedding is important, as our furry friends can get their beds messy from muddy paw prints, to treats/chews being hidden inside of their bed! If you have any questions about your Lords and Labradors bedding, please do contact us and we’re happy to answer any queries you may have. Our bedding comes in two main collections, our essentials collection which includes our Plush, Herdwick and Twill ranges, and our Core Collection which consists of our signature ranges. Each needs washing in a different way so first check which collection your pet’s bedding is from.   How To Clean Your Lords & Labradors Essentials Pet Bedding Our Essentials Plush & Twill beds are machine washable, the rest of our Essentials collection is spot wash only. 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The fabric will air dry really quickly, simply place is somewhere flat and not in direct sunlight - you can even lay it over your dog’s crate so that it keeps it shape! Make sure to allow your cover to air dry naturally, not over a radiator or in a tumble dryer as they are more likely to shrink!   Cleaning Your Essentials Herdwick Bed & Sleepeze Start by hoovering any loose hairs or dirt from the bed, some of the collection have removable inner cushions we recommend taking this out to clean separately, so you can properly get into all the corners of the bed. Next you’ll want to get some warm water mixed with a mild pet safe detergent, with a clean cloth gently scrub your pet’s bed focusing on any dirty areas. Then wipe away any suds and leave to air dry. Again we recommend trialling the detergent in a discreet spot to check it doesn’t discolour your pet’s bed.      How To Wash Your Essentials Plush & Twill Beds Our Plush & Twill beds are all machine washable. To keep them looking fresh we recommend starting by hoovering away any loose hairs or dirt, this will stop the hair from clogging up in your washing machine. Our twill crate mats and orthopaedic beds have removable covers, pop the cover inside out and zipped up in your washing machine. If your bed has an inner cushion, you can take this out and wash it separately to the outer, making it easier to fit in the washing machine. We recommend washing our beds on a gentle cycle at 20º in the washing machine, leave to air dry and never tumble dry. Your bed may just need a good shake after to spread out the filling and then it will be ready for your pet to use again.     How To Clean Your L&L Core Collection Pet Bedding Our core collection is all machine washable, our pet experts have listed their top tips below to keep them looking fresh for as long as possible! How To Wash Your L&L Crate Cover Taking care of your L&L crate cover means it’ll keep it looking fresh for longer! To wash, just turn the cover inside out and wash on a 20º, gentle cycle in the washing machine. The fabric will just need to air dry, by placing it somewhere flat and not in direct sunlight - you could even lay it over the crate so it dries in its shape. Once dry, you can cool-iron/steam inside out to remove any unsightly creases. Do not machine wash oilcloth covers.    How To Wash Your L&L Crate Cushion and Crate Bumpers Washing your L&L core collection crate cushions and bumpers is easy, simply unzip the covers, and remove the waterproof liner from the cushion too. You can wipe clean the waterproof liner and air out the cushion whilst you pop the cushion cover/crate bumper cover into the washing machine at 20º on a gentle cycle - don’t forget to turn the covers inside out before doing so! Allow the covers to air dry, and do not tumble dry.    How To Wash Your L&L Beds With the right care your Lords & Labradors bed will continue to look beautiful for years! We recommend washing your bed on a 20º gentle machine wash to maintain colour. Our fabric is super fast drying and often will come out of the spin almost dry! It’ll just need a bit of airing, a good shake and it will be ready to be used again.    How To Wash Your L&L Blankets Your Lords & Labradors blanket can be popped into the washing machine on a gentle cycle at 20º - the blankets are quick to dry once laid flat, do not lay over a hot radiator and do not tumble dry.   How To Wash Your L&L Sofa Toppers Our sofa toppers are easy to wash - you don’t need to put the whole topper in the wash - only the cover. Simply remove the cover by unzipping the back, slide the inner out, turn the cover inside out and pop into a gentle wash at 20º. Once washed, lay flat if you can to air dry - this shouldn’t take too long and then you can return your beautiful sofa topper to your comfortable sofa!   If you have any questions on cleaning your Lords & Labradors bedding then why not ask out pet experts? You can call them on +44 1790 720 900 or email us at sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk

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Keeping your pets bedding clean and smelling fresh will not only benefit you and your pooch, it’ll also prolong the life of your pet’s well loved bed. Here at Lords and Labradors, we know being able to wash your pet’s bedding is important, as our furry friends can get their beds messy from muddy paw prints, to treats/chews being hidden inside of their bed! If you have any questions about your Lords and Labradors bedding, please do contact us and we’re happy to answer any queries you may have.

Our bedding comes in two main collections, our essentials collection which includes our Plush, Herdwick and Twill ranges, and our Core Collection which consists of our signature ranges. Each needs washing in a different way so first check which collection your pet’s bedding is from.

 

How To Clean Your Lords & Labradors Essentials Pet Bedding

Our Essentials Plush & Twill beds are machine washable, the rest of our Essentials collection is spot wash only. Below we’ve listed our top tips for cleaning your L&L Essentials beds.

Cleaning Your Essentials Plush Crate Cushion, Bumpers & Sofa Toppers Sleepeze Cushions

Our Essentials Plush cushions, sofa toppers & bumpers, as well as our Sleepeze cushions, are spot wash only. You will want to start by hoovering off any loose hair and dirt, make sure to get in any crevices. Next, using a clean cloth, warm water and a mild pet-safe detergent, gently scrub any areas which need cleaning, afterwards with a clean cloth wipe away any suds and leave to air dry. We recommend doing a test patch on a discreet area of the bed before cleaning the whole bed to check that your detergent isn’t going to cause any discolouration.

Essentials plush collection crate set

 

Cleaning Your Essentials Plush Crate Cover

Our Plush crate covers are machine washable. To wash simply turn the cover inside out and wash on a gentle cycle at 20º. The fabric will air dry really quickly, simply place is somewhere flat and not in direct sunlight - you can even lay it over your dog’s crate so that it keeps it shape! Make sure to allow your cover to air dry naturally, not over a radiator or in a tumble dryer as they are more likely to shrink!

Essentials plush crate cover

 

Cleaning Your Essentials Herdwick Bed & Sleepeze

Start by hoovering any loose hairs or dirt from the bed, some of the collection have removable inner cushions we recommend taking this out to clean separately, so you can properly get into all the corners of the bed. Next you’ll want to get some warm water mixed with a mild pet safe detergent, with a clean cloth gently scrub your pet’s bed focusing on any dirty areas. Then wipe away any suds and leave to air dry. Again we recommend trialling the detergent in a discreet spot to check it doesn’t discolour your pet’s bed. 

Sleepeze travel dog cushion Herdwick den bed

 

How To Wash Your Essentials Plush & Twill Beds

Our Plush & Twill beds are all machine washable. To keep them looking fresh we recommend starting by hoovering away any loose hairs or dirt, this will stop the hair from clogging up in your washing machine. Our twill crate mats and orthopaedic beds have removable covers, pop the cover inside out and zipped up in your washing machine. If your bed has an inner cushion, you can take this out and wash it separately to the outer, making it easier to fit in the washing machine. We recommend washing our beds on a gentle cycle at 20º in the washing machine, leave to air dry and never tumble dry. Your bed may just need a good shake after to spread out the filling and then it will be ready for your pet to use again.

Twill crate mat Essentials plush cosy & calming puppy crate bed

 

How To Clean Your L&L Core Collection Pet Bedding

Our core collection is all machine washable, our pet experts have listed their top tips below to keep them looking fresh for as long as possible!

How To Wash Your L&L Crate Cover

Taking care of your L&L crate cover means it’ll keep it looking fresh for longer! To wash, just turn the cover inside out and wash on a 20º, gentle cycle in the washing machine. The fabric will just need to air dry, by placing it somewhere flat and not in direct sunlight - you could even lay it over the crate so it dries in its shape. Once dry, you can cool-iron/steam inside out to remove any unsightly creases. Do not machine wash oilcloth covers.

Balmoral natural tweed crate cover

  

How To Wash Your L&L Crate Cushion and Crate Bumpers

Washing your L&L core collection crate cushions and bumpers is easy, simply unzip the covers, and remove the waterproof liner from the cushion too. You can wipe clean the waterproof liner and air out the cushion whilst you pop the cushion cover/crate bumper cover into the washing machine at 20º on a gentle cycle - don’t forget to turn the covers inside out before doing so! Allow the covers to air dry, and do not tumble dry.

Mink boucle crate cushion and bumper

  

How To Wash Your L&L Beds

With the right care your Lords & Labradors bed will continue to look beautiful for years!

We recommend washing your bed on a 20º gentle machine wash to maintain colour. Our fabric is super fast drying and often will come out of the spin almost dry! It’ll just need a bit of airing, a good shake and it will be ready to be used again.

Woodland collection box bed

  

How To Wash Your L&L Blankets

Your Lords & Labradors blanket can be popped into the washing machine on a gentle cycle at 20º - the blankets are quick to dry once laid flat, do not lay over a hot radiator and do not tumble dry.

Savanna oatmeal dog blanket

 

How To Wash Your L&L Sofa Toppers

Our sofa toppers are easy to wash - you don’t need to put the whole topper in the wash - only the cover. Simply remove the cover by unzipping the back, slide the inner out, turn the cover inside out and pop into a gentle wash at 20º. Once washed, lay flat if you can to air dry - this shouldn’t take too long and then you can return your beautiful sofa topper to your comfortable sofa!

Ivory boucle sofa topper

 

If you have any questions on cleaning your Lords & Labradors bedding then why not ask out pet experts? You can call them on +44 1790 720 900 or email us at sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk

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Comfort: If not properly fitted, a harness can cause chafing or discomfort. It's essential to ensure that the harness is the right size and adjusted correctly. Limited Styles: While harnesses come in various designs, they may not offer the same stylish options as collars, which can be a consideration for those who like their pets to make a fashion statement. Our Top 3 Harnesses Here at Lords & Labradors we put a lot of time into sourcing the best walking accessories for your pup. We want them to be both practical and stylish, here are our top 3 harnesses. Ruffwear Front Range Harness: The Ruffwear Front Range Harness allows you to enjoy your outdoor adventures with your favourite canine companion wherever you're going. It has 4 points of adjustment allowing full range of motion. The Front Range harness also has clips on both the front and back allowing you more control over your dog and helps to distribute any pressure more evenly when your dog pulls. Cocopup NAKD Harness: The Cocopup Nakd Harness fuses style and practicality together. It comes in seven stylish colours and has matching collars and leads available. With adjustable neck and chest straps, a safety locking feature, and 4 sizes to choose from, you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your pup. The clasps also have a safety locking feature which is great for any pups who have a habit of escaping their harness. Barbour Travel and Exercise Harness: The Barbour Travel & Exercise Dog Harness seamlessly blends comfort and safety, making it an ideal choice for both exercise and travel. Crafted by Barbour, this harness features a padded chest and adjustable straps to ensure a secure and comfortable fit for your dog. The reflective piping enhances visibility during nighttime walks, providing peace of mind, while the integrated car seatbelt loop keeps your pup secure during car journeys. The harness also features Barbour's iconic tartan pattern which you can match to your own Barbour quilted jacket, so you and your pup can be the most stylish pair in the park. Dog Collars Advantages of Using a Collar Simplicity: Collars are straightforward to put on and take off, making them convenient for daily use. Identification: Collars can hold ID tags, making it easier to identify your dog if they get lost. Some harnesses have this feature, but collars are typically more reliable for this purpose. Training: Collars can be useful for training purposes, particularly for dogs that respond well to quick corrections. Variety: Collars come in a wide range of styles, colours, and materials, allowing for personalisation and fashion-forward choices. Disadvantages of Using a Collar Risk of Injury: Collars can cause neck injuries, especially if the dog pulls hard or if sudden pressure is applied. This is a significant concern for dogs with delicate necks or those prone to respiratory issues. Limited Control: Collars do not provide the same level of control as harnesses, making them less effective for managing stronger dogs who like to pull. Choking Hazard: Dogs that pull on the lead can experience choking or discomfort with collars, potentially leading to negative associations with walking. Our Top 3 Collars Lords & Labradors Essentials Collars: Our Essentials Twill and Herdwick collars are the perfect lightweight collar. They are available in 7 sizes and are handcrafted in Italy. Featuring sturdy silver hardware and leather accents, these collars are a durable choice for your pup. Whether you pick the bobbly woven texture of Herdwick or the lovely linen texture of Twill, your dog will be stepping out in style with our Essentials collars. Lords & Labradors Italian Padded Leather Collars: Our padded leather collars are consciously hand crafted in Italy, using the finest Italian leather. They come in six sizes and have a soft padding round the inside of the collar making them super comfy for your dog. These are a great choice, paired with our leads it’s sure to look stylish Dogs & Horses Soft Rolled Leather Collar: Made from a butter soft leather, these rolled collars are a great choice for long haired dogs as the rolled shape stops the hair from matting. These collars are made using heritage craftsmanship here in England and are available in a large range of both sizes and colours. Collar or Harness for Dog Walking: Making the Right Choice When deciding between a dog harness vs collar, consider your dog’s specific needs and behaviours. Here are some factors to keep in mind: Breed and Size: Larger breeds or those with respiratory issues may benefit more from a harness. Smaller breeds with less pulling power may do well with a collar. Health Conditions: Dogs with neck or spinal issues should avoid collars to prevent further injury. A harness can provide a safer option. Training Needs: If your dog is still learning lead manners, a harness can offer better control and reduce the risk of injury. For well-trained dogs, a collar may suffice. Activity Level: Active dogs that participate in sports or outdoor adventures may need the added security and control of a harness. Is a Harness Better Than a Collar? Ultimately, whether a harness or collar is better depends on your dog. For most dog owners, a harness is often the more practical choice, particularly for walks and outdoor activities. However, collars remain a convenient and stylish option for everyday use, especially when fitted with ID tags for quick identification, and some dogs do walk better with a collar rather than a harness. This is one of them things that has no right answer, it will ultimately come down to what suits your lifestyle and which your dog walks better with. In conclusion, both harnesses and collars have their place in a dog’s wardrobe. By understanding the pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision that best suits your dog's needs and lifestyle. Whether you choose a harness or collar, the most important factor is ensuring that your dog is comfortable, safe, and happy during your walks together. Here at Lords & Labradors we have a wide range of designer walking accessories, with both luxurious and practical options to suit every dog’s unique needs. Shop our collection here.

    By Megan Willis

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