Tips on Getting Your Pet's Bed Sparkling Clean
As humans, we take our hygiene very seriously. We take daily showers, brush our teeth twice a day, and may even spend an hour or two doing our hair, picking out clothes, or tossing in a fresh load of laundry. We wash our sheets once a week (or at least we should be), we love that fresh-out-of-the-dryer feeling, and we rid our home of dust and grime.
While most of us know what we should be doing to keep ourselves and our spaces clean, we often forget about extending that same courtesy to our furry friends. However, it’s crucial to note the way we take care of our stuff doesn’t always reflect directly on the best way to take care of our pets. Keeping their items clean can differ from the typical vacuum or wipe down.
Here are four simple ways that you can take better care of your pet’s beds — because your pet deserves the best!
1. Wash your pet's bed at least twice a month.
If you’re like most people, you might get around to cleaning your pet’s bed two to three times a year. With allergens continually flying around the air, insecticides on the ground, and general grime dogs usually get into; it seems that their beds should be cleaned more often. Too much is never enough. For outside, active pets, most vets recommend washing their bed once a week, twice a month is sufficient for indoor companions.
2. Be mindful of their sensitive sniffers & bellies.
Pets’ noses are significantly more sensitive than humans, which leads to them being more prone to irritation from chemicals and artificial fragrances used in conventional laundry detergents. Make sure to use a high-powered, fragrance-free detergent when washing your pet’s bed. The detergent needs to be potent enough to clean those tough, grime-ridden fabrics, yet gentle and toxin-free to avoid pet skin irritations and illnesses.
Rockin’ Green’s Unscented Hard Rock Detergent is the ideal choice to eliminate pet bed stink while keeping your furry pal itch-free. If you are looking for a more powerful clean, reach for our Platinum Series Active Wear detergent!
3. Make sure it's a thorough wash every time.
Pet beds can be ridden with bacteria and lingering fungi if not washed thoroughly. Consistency is critical, and potency is even more crucial. Typical pet beds aren’t made with a delicate fabric. These beds are made from heavy, rugged materials to be durable enough for any furry friend. If your pet bed has a removable cover, there are a couple of ways to ensure a powerful clean.
Pets rub up against all sorts of gross things, most of which you wouldn’t want hanging around your house, and these contaminants could cause issues for your pet’s skin! Toss your pet’s bed in an Active Wear soak overnight and then put it through a hot-water wash cycle with an extra rinse to ensure all the germs are gone.
4. Lint roll or vacuum in between washes to minimize pet hair.
For many pet owners, their biggest complaint is the build-up of hair that seems to stick to everything. The pet bed is usually covered in allergen-ridden hair and dead skin cells on top of the other dirty contaminants. Be proactive and lint roll or vacuum your pet’s bed a few times a week in between washes to lessen the filth and frustrating fur.