Washing your dog’s pillow is essential to ensure its longevity over time, it helps reduce the risk of allergies and flea infestation in your dog. The frequency of maintenance of your cushion obviously depends on the type of dirt found on it, but we recommend that you clean your dog’s cushion at least once a month. You have the possibility to wash it in the washing machine and if this is not possible, you can simply wash it by hand.
If you are wondering how to wash a dog cushion by hand or by machine, here are the different steps to follow :
Preliminary Step: Getting Rid Of The Hair
Be sure to remove as much of your dog’s hair as possible from the cushion before washing it. This is important so that the hair does not stick to the wet fabric. There are several ways to do this: the easiest way is to shake your cushion to get rid of hair and dirt, we recommend that you do this step outside your home to avoid soiling your interior. If you live in an apartment, a vacuum cleaner will do the job very well; you can also vacuum between washes to keep your dog’s cushion clean longer.
How To Hand Wash A Dog Cushion
If your dog cushion has small stains, you can simply hand wash it. Soak it in a tub of hot soapy water for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse it with clear water. Very small stains are usually easy to remove with soap. Also, if your cushion has urine or feces stains, you will have to spray it with a stain remover before washing it, this will remove the stains left by your pet. Many detergents for washing dog cushions or beds are sold in pet stores. However, always read the labels and avoid detergents that contain bleach, as they can be harmful to your dog’s skin. Also, if bleach is really necessary, choose chlorine-free bleach.
Once your cushion has been washed, you can air dry it. To protect yourself from infection, we recommend that you wear gloves and wash your hands with soap.
How to wash a dog cushion in the machine
If you have a washing machine, put the entire cushion in your machine (preferably in a front-loading machine). To eliminate possible insects or fleas, always wash your cushion at a warm temperature, ideally on a gentle cycle or low intensity. Dogs are sensitive to chemicals, so we advise you to use a mild detergent to avoid irritation.
If you have a dog cushion that is too big for your washing machine, then you can clean it in a laundromat or wash it by hand using warm water and Marseille soap.
For drying you can use a tumble dryer if you have one. You can opt for a low or higher temperature if you want your cushion to dry quickly. If you don’t have a tumble dryer, you can let your dog’s cushion dry in the open air as long as you choose a well-ventilated place to avoid the formation of mould.
We also recommend that you always wear gloves and wash your hands with soap to protect yourself from infection.