Your dog’s bed can take quite a beating over time, especially if you have a puppy or older dog that has bodily function issues. If this is the case with your furry friend, you will need to know how to wash your dog’s bed when it gets urine on it.
There are a few different ways to wash your dog bed, which include pet stain removal sprays, laundry detergents and dish soaps.
Let’s take a look at how you can clean your dog’s bed to return it to a healthy and hygienic space for your pup to sleep.
How to Wash a Dog Bed with Urine
The cleaning products we are going to look at for washing urine from your dog bed are:
- Pet-safe laundry detergent
- Pet-safe stain remover
- Pet-safe dish soap
Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions
You should be able to find the manufacturer’s directions or instructions on the dog bed’s label, on the manufacturer’s website or in the box that the dog bed was packaged in. It is important to follow these instructions to ensure the protection and longevity of the dog bed.
Vacuum the Dog Bed
Your dog’s bed will be used on a very regular basis, much like your own bed. This means that dirt, dust, hair, dander and other debris can accumulate on the bed.
Use a vacuum cleaner and do several passes over the entire dog bed, paying special attention to the corners and edges where flea eggs can build up. Once the bed has been vacuumed, use a metal scraper to scrape off any solids that may have dried on the bed cover surface.
Wash the Dog Bed
Some dog beds can be washed in the washing machine, while others have to be hand washed. If yours can be machine washed, place it in your washing machine and use pet-safe laundry detergent.
If you are unsure of which detergent to use, consult your vet. Organic detergents are typically safe to use and adding white or apple cider vinegar to the detergent will help remove any stains and odors.
If you need to hand wash your dog’s bed, it is best to do so in the bath using hot water, pet-safe detergent and vinegar as above. Make sure that you rinse the bed thoroughly and wring out as much water as you can.
Wash the Dog Bed Cover
Most higher-quality dog beds have an external cover than can be unzipped and placed in the washing machine. Washing this cover helps remove stains as well as urine smells.
Wash the Waterproof Cover or Liner
If you are not already using a waterproof cover or liner with your dog bed, you should definitely consider doing so. This is a great way of protecting the mattress stuffing from stains and odors. You can get these covers from any pet store or vet shop.
You can also use these covers or liners on your furniture or bed when your pup is on it to protect it from messes and accidents. These covers are normally machine washable and should also be washed using pet-safe detergent and vinegar with the external cover.
Use Stain Remover on the External Cover
Using a pet-safe, organic stain remover allows you to remove blood, urine, feces, dirt and other stains on your dog’s bed cover. This not only improves its external appearance but also keeps the bed hygienic and healthy for your pup.
It is best to use an organic stain remover to ensure that your dog does not experience any skin reactions.
Soak and Wash the Memory Foam Mattress
If your dog’s bed is made with memory foam, you normally cannot wash it in a washing machine. It is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions with regard to washing the memory foam mattress, but the following should also be safe to ensure a clean and hygienic bed for your pooch:
- Soak the urine-affected area with a mix of warm water and organic dish soap.
- Leave it to sit for around 10 minutes.
- Dab or press out as much of the moisture as possible using a dry towel or cloth.
- Do not wring or squeeze the foam.
- Put the foam in the sun in a well-ventilated area.
- Leave to dry for a few days, or as long as is needed to be completely dry.
Keeping your dog’s bed clean and hygienic is important for your dog’s health and wellbeing, especially as they get older. Always ensure that the detergents, stain removers and soaps used are safe for your pooch.
Also, consider using a waterproof cover or liner as this will limit the amount of mess spread if your pup has an accident. And lastly, remember to always let your dog’s bed dry properly before letting them use it again.