Your puppy’s sleeping soundly in its bed, and you see a cute and cuddly little angel — a very stinky one at that! Aside from bathing your pup and taking it to the groomers regularly, keeping your pet’s bed clean and fresh daily can prevent your home from smelling like a kennel.
Cleaning your pet bed is easy than it looks. In this article, we share tips from our house cleaning experts on cleaning pet beds properly. So let’s delve right in!
1. Wipe fresh pee, poo, or vomit
Clean any fresh “accidents” using dry paper towels and a handheld dustpan if you’re dealing with solid nasties. Do your best to lift and not press the mess deep into the fabric. Spray with a bit of water and then wipe dry using paper towels. Leave it for a few minutes to dry.
2. Remove pet fur with a vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaners are every pet parent’s best friend. So before you start hand or machine washing your pet beds, don’t forget to vacuum them to suck out all fur, dander, and dirt deposits. A handheld vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment can work wonders for this cleaning task. After vacuuming, give it another go with a lint roller for good measure.
3. Pre-treat tough stains
If your pet beds have removable covers, it’s best always to take them out to see if any stains have seeped through. For severe staining from pet pee, feces, blood, or vomit, you can use Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator, which also works best to eliminate unpleasant pet odors. First, apply the cleaning solution to the affected area. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, and then gently scrub the spot with an old toothbrush or sponge.
4. Put your pet beddings in the washer
Pet beddings require regular and frequent washing to prevent them from getting stinky, so it only makes sense to look for ones that are washing machine safe for easier upkeep.
Follow these quick washing tips.
- Wash on a cold cycle. Don’t use hot water when machine washing because it can cause color running or fading and shrink or damage certain types of fabric, including polyester, nylon, and vinyl. They can also make stains permanent.
- Use a mild, pet-friendly laundry detergent that’s preferably dye and scent-free to ensure your fur babies don’t get allergic reactions.
- Dry on low heat and skip the dryer sheets to minimize the risks of shrinking or bunching.
However, cleaning pet beds that are too big may require a bit more effort. For large beds that do not fit in your washing machine, you can wash them in your bathtub.
Here’s what to do:
- Wipe, vacuum, and spot treat stains first.
- Fill up your bathtub with warm water and laundry soap.
- Soak the pet beddings for at least 30 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Squeeze out excess water.
- Hang it out to dry under the sun.
Get a Professional Deep Cleaning Service to Eliminate Pet Odors at Home
Often, cleaning pet bed isn’t enough to get rid of the funky smell. Take it to the next level by booking a deep cleaning service. At Super Cleaning, our professional house cleaners are trained and experienced to take on any messes and eliminate unpleasant odors caused by pets.
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