What Is The Best Way To Wash And Clean Dog Beds?



If you want to keep your home and dog looking and smelling clean, you’ll want to know what the best way to wash a clean a dog bed is.

Depending on the type of dog bed you have and what washing and cleaning tools you have available to you, this can vary, so we’ve set out to give you some general guidelines you might consider.

Let’s check these guidelines out!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


What Is The Best Way To Wash And Clean Dog Beds?

Washing and cleaning dog beds can be summarised in four steps:

  • Absolutely the most important thing is to follow any washing and cleaning instructions given to you by bed manufacturers – they know their beds best, and you don’t want to void any guarantees or warranties
  • Follow the instructions given to you by cleaning product manufacturers – including what materials to use the products on and what amounts + how to wash and clean with them
  • Consider anything specific about the dog bed you are cleaning e.g. does it have a removable cover? is the bed fully machine washable? does the bed have memory foam in it?
  • Consider what washing and cleaning tools and equipment you have available to you e.g. do you have a vacuum? do you have a washing machine?
  • Consider a general wash and clean – vacuum, wipe down and spray, wash, remove odors and stains, air and dry out


You can read about specific washing and cleaning information in these guides:


1. Follow The Cleaning and Washing Instructions From The Dog Bed Manufacturer

Who knows their bed better than the people who made it? 

Also importantly, making sure to follow the bed manufacturer instructions and directions means you won’t void any guarantees or warranties you have on the bed.

You can find instructions and directions on or at:

  • Amazon in the product description
  • On the manufacturer’s website
  • By emailing or calling the manufacturer


2. Follow The Cleaning and Washing Instructions From The Cleaning Product Manufacturer

We are talking laundry powders, stain removal sprays and the like.

They usually have usage instructions and amounts on the label of the product – make sure you read them.

Laundry Detergent and Powder

Some people who have dogs with sensitive skin or allergies sometimes choose to use a natural laundry detergent like the following to minimise the risk of irritatants:

Stain Removal Spray

Some people choose to use a natural pet stain remover like


3. Consider Anything Specific About Your Dog Bed When Cleaning and Washing It

For example:

  • Is the bed fully machine washable? – If so, you can put it straight in the washing machine
  • Does the bed come with removable covers? – If so, you’ll want to unzip the covers and put them in the wash
  • Does the bed come with memory foam? – If so, you’ll want to ask the manufacturer how to best clean the foam in the bed


4. Consider What Washing And Cleaning Tools You Have Available To You

For example:

  • Do you have a vacuum?  – If not, you may have to remove dog hairs and surface dirt with a damp cloth
  • Do you have a washing machine? – If not, you may have to use your shower, bath tub or an outside hose


5. General Cleaning and Washing Procedure

A general clean and wash might look like the following:

  • Vacuum – vacuuming the external and internal of the bed to get rid of any pet hairs and dirt and surface level mess
  • Wipe down and Spray – with a damp cloth, you might like to get rid of any surface level mess you couldn’t vacuum off. You might spray the cover or foam with water to dissolve any solids. 
  • Wash – throw any covers, or the whole bed if it’s machine washable, into the washing machine
  • Remove Odors and Stains – Using any pet stain removers, or any odor removers, you might like to apply them to the covers or the dog bed and dilute them with water
  • Air and Dry Out – air and dry out the dog bed and covers outside where there is ventilation and sunlight which might also help kill any bugs and mites


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