As a dog owner, you may already be wondering how do you clean your dog bed foam? How often do you clean your dog bed, and how does your dog react to a newly-washed bed foam?
Don't bother looking elsewhere for answers to the above questions because all will be answered in this write-up.
So, without taking more time, let's begin with the eight steps to clean foam dog bed.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of stain and dirt from your dog's bed foam cushion:
Step 1: Get Rid Of Dog Hair, Dust, And Fur From The Cover
Dogs are hairy creatures, and their bed covers and foam are prone to have excessive hair. Hence, your first task is to ensure that large portions —if not all — of the hairs are completely wiped off before washing them.
Considering hair's stickiness, you should deploy a mechanical method while getting rid of your pup's hair.
Using a Vacuum hose and upholstery attachment is highly recommended as it will make the process faster and better than a manual method (using broom).
As much as you desire a complete hair-free bed, your primary target should be the main sleeping surface because that's more important to your dog's health and well-being.
This first cleaning procedure of vacuuming is more suitable for non-detachable dog bed covers.
Step 2: Remove the Bed Cover
Your next move should be removing the bed foam cover after getting rid of dust and dog fur. Many big-size dog beds possess removable covers, which enhance an easy and fast cleaning experience.
In case you have a bed cover that can't be removed, you should check the user's guide to know how to wash them. Alternatively, you should first explore the vacuuming process before taking it to high-capacity washers for a good wash.
Step 3. Apply Stain Remover
Dogs, especially sick or unhealthy ones, might poo, urinate, or vomit on their bed, thereby leaving a stained spot on the bed.
The stain doesn't get cleaned easily. So, having a stain-removing product can't be overlooked when washing your dog bed foam.
Interestingly, there are many suitable stain removers in the market, including BUBBAS Super Strength Commercial Enzyme Cleaner; and Bissell 74R7 Pet Stain & Odor Portable Machine Formula.
Get any of these products and spray them on your foam or covers before washing them. It will go a long way in ensuring that your bed comes out perfectly clean, attractive, and refreshing after wash.
Alternatively, you can manufacture a home-made stain remover by mixing 3⁄4 cups of water with 1⁄4 cup of white vinegar. Put the mixture in a spraying bottle and apply it to where it's needed.
Step 4. Soak The Bed Cover In Hot Water
Dogs are sensitive animals that could get uncomfortable with any harmful organisms or substances on their bed.
Hence, why it would help to soak the bed cover in hot water for a while, ranging from 10 to 15 minutes. This is done to kill all insect eggs and other harmful organisms present on the bed.
Having done that, drain the water out of the cover and wash it in the washing machine using the heavy-duty setting mode.
Step 5. Wash The Foam In Hot Water
Now that you are done with the bed cover, your attention should turn to the foam itself.
As much as a washing machine could hasten your cleaning session, you should use a bathtub or large sink for this part of the cleaning process. Put a considerable quantity of hot water in the bathtub and add a mild detergent to it.
Note that choosing a random detergent can end up having adverse effects on your pooch's overall well-being, so try going for a pet-safe detergent. Should you finally make a decision, ensure that the soap completely soaks in your foam by pressing it with your hand.
Step 6. Drain The Soapy Water Out Of Your Foam And Cover
Squeeze the foam adequately to drain all soapy water out of it. Do this until you are sure there is nothing left in the foam and the cover.
Refill the bathtub with another clean water, and dip the squeezed foam in it. Wash with your hands until you are satisfied with the results.
Step 7. Rinse and Dry The Foam
Thoroughly rinse the foam and the bed cover without leaving any trace of soap or detergent contents. Sun dry or air dry both for some hours or minutes, depending on the sun's intensity.
Do not try popping the dog bed foam in a dryer because its quality could be affected due to shrinkage.
Step 8. Set The Bed For Your Fido's Use
Here is the last step to take when cleaning your dog bed foam. At this stage, the cleaning is completed, and the bed foam is ready for use.
Enclose the foam with its cover and get it ready for your dog's benefits. We are sure your dog can't wait to perceive the smooth and pleasant smell produced by the newly washed bed foam.
Although it may appear simple, many people are unsure about how to wash a dog bed foam. By following the above steps, your dog's bed foam will remain attractive, healthy, and clean at all times. You should clean your dog bed as soon as you know it's dirty.
Lastly, endeavor to give your dog the best treatment by taking him to the vet doctor for regular check-ups. Give him the best meal and training because he needs them for proper growth.