The guide below compliments our main guide on how to clean and wash a dog.
The guide below outlines how you might clean or wash a large dog bed.
Most extra large dog beds and Giant dog beds are either the large memory and orthopedic foam dog beds, or they are big beds you can’t exactly fit in a washing machine.
It’s ok though, there’s a few options to keep the dog bed fresh and smelling nice.
Let’s check them out!
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How To Clean/Wash A Large Dog Bed or A Giant Dog Bed
1. Follow The Manufacturer Cleaning Instructions/Directions
Above everything else, follow the cleaning or washing instructions provided by the bed manufacturer.
You can find them in the bed packing box, on the bed label or on the manufacturer’s website.
The manufacturer will tell you the best way to care for, maintain, clean and wash the bed so that you don’t damage it, or void the warranty (if there is one)
2. Wash Any External Removable Covers
Most external removable covers can simply be unzipped off the dog bed, and put in a washing machine.
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 irritation:
- Nellie’s All Nautral Laundry Soda (on Amazon)
- Molly’s Suds Natural Laundry Powder (on Amazon)
- Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent (on Amazon)
3. Wash Any Internal or External Waterproof Liners or Covers
A fantastic way to protect the memory foam from stains and odors is with a waterproof liner or cover.
You can get a waterproof cover for any dog bed like the 100% Waterproof Mambe Pet Cover (on Amazon), which can also be placed over furniture or your own bed while your dog is on it to protect against accidents and mess.
This cover is soft and washable, but it’s quite large.
Another option is to get a waterproof internal liner for your dog’s bed like the
- Big Barker Headrest Edition Waterproof Dog Bed Liner (on Chewy)
- Big Barker Waterproof Liner – Flat (on Amazon)
A few examples of some of the best dog beds that come with water resistant or waterproof covers are:
- Big Barker Headrest Edition Orthopedic Pillow Dog Bed (on Chewy)
- Big Barker 7 Inch Orthopedic Dog Bed (on Amazon) – (7 Inch thick American made therapeutic foam dog bed. Available in up to the largest Giant size, which is a 60 inch long x 48 inch wide sized bed. For large and Giant sized dogs.)
The liner goes just under the external cover, won’t make noise when your dog moves on it, and is extremely good at catching and completely resisting urine and other liquids.
You can put the internal liner in the wash with the external cover at the same time.
4. Use a natural pet stain remover on the external cover
Some people choose to use a natural pet stain remover like the:
- Puracy Free & Clear Natural Pet Stain Remover (on Chewy)
- Puracy Natural Stain Remover (on Amazon) – it is plant based so it has natural ingredients.
A natural pet stain remover can used to remove dirt, blood and other stains on the external cover to improve the appearance of the bed – especially if you have it inside.
5. Does the bed have foam? Then, Soak or wash the memory foam/mattress
It’s best to ask the manufacturer specifically how they recommend cleaning or washing their bed foam, however the following might be safe:
Soak the affected area thoroughly with warm water and a natural dish soap.
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Press out or dab out as much moisture as you can with a dry cloth or towel
Do not wring out the foam,
Leave the foam in a dry place with some ventilation
It might take a couple days to completely dry out
You might use a natural dish soap like Puracy Natural Liquid Dish Soap (on Amazon) which mixes easily with warm water.
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