Good quality large dog beds are worth the price and they are also worth keeping clean. Some on the inner beds say “washable” but many large and extra large dog beds simply don’t fit into the average machine, don’t dry well and aren’t the same after laundering. So how to you keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible?
1) Get Removable Covers
Most large dog beds come with removable covers. Or you buy an extra couple of covers and wash them about as often as you launder your sheets. Or toss a washable, waterproof dog blanket on top. There are many options.
Molly Mutt makes a line of dog bed covers from fun fabrics which you stuff yourself. The covers are popular and well priced.
2) Water-proof Liners
Dogbed4less has large, extra large and XXL dog beds that are lined or waterproof or both all for the most reasonable prices around. Or you can insert this washable, waterproof pad between the bed and the cover to catch any…um… spills.
If you’re DIY inclined, remove the cover and slide the inner bed into an appropriately sized plastic bag. Tape closed, put any seams on the bottom side of the bed and voila – a waterproof liner which not only protects your investment but makes the cover easier to get on after washing. This may make your bed a bit noisier when your dog uses it so keep that in mind.
3) Vacuum Regularly
Dog beds for large dogs can generally be vacuumed fairly easily. If you don’t have (or have lost) the various attachments that make this task easier, there are pet hair specific sets by Bissell with adaptors to fit most major brands.
4) Hand-Held Upholstery Cleaners
Portable spot cleaning machine has been a part of my life for over a decade. I am very happy with the Spot Bot though I trust all the Bissell Spot Cleaners. They allow deep cleaning of accidents and stains and I like that they remove whatever cleaning product I use darn near completely. I prefer this to the aerosol spot cleaners but do use nontoxic cleaners made for pet use without worry.
Doing these four steps will keep your large dog bed clean and as close to fresh as possible for as long as possible.