Washing a dog bed doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming.
We’ve put together a quick and simple to follow guide on ‘How To Clean/Wash A Memory Foam Or Orthopedic Foam Dog Bed’ which we hope you find useful.
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How To Clean/Wash A Memory Foam Or Orthopedic Foam Dog Bed
The most important thing you need to remember when cleaning or washing a dog bed with orthopedic or memory foam is that high quality solid foam usually can’t be washed in a machine.
High quality foam needs to retain it’s shape, so you can’t try to scrunch it up – most of the time it is simply too big too to put in a washing machine.
There are other ways you can wash and clean the bed however.
You might consider the following steps in cleaning or washing your memory foam or orthopedic dog bed:
1. Follow the washing and cleaning directions and instructions provided by the manufacturer/supplier
Who knows how to clean and wash the bed better than the people who make it?
You should get washing and cleaning instructions from the manufacturer with the dog bed in it’s box, or it may be on the label/tag of the dog bed.
You may also find instructions on the dog bed manufacturer website.
Following the directions are important for not voiding any warranties and guarantees too.
2. Wash any external dog bed covers
Most good orthopedic or memory foam dog beds come with an external dog bed cover that you can unzip from the bed and put in the washing machine.
What type of laundry detergent/powder you decide to wash them with is up to you and it’s probably best to ask your vet.
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:
- Nellie’s All Nautral Laundry Soda (on Amazon)
- Molly’s Suds Natural Laundry Powder (on Amazon)
- Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent (on Amazon)
3. Use and wash any waterproof dog bed covers or liners
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 Waterproof Liner – Flat (on Amazon), sold as a liner for the Big Barker 7 Inch Orthopedic Foam Dog Bed (on Amazon).
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 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. Soak or wash the memory foam/mattress
It’s best to ask the manufacturer specifcally 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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