When it comes to owning a dog, removing dog hair from blankets and fabrics and washing their bed are important and will become one of the regular chores that comes with maintaining your environment in which you and your dog can co-exist harmoniously.
Dog hair is probably the biggest bugbear for any house proud owner and effectively getting dog hair out of blankets and fabrics can be difficult.
As well as removing dog hair, regularly cleaning your dogs bed is an important task when it comes to owning a dog. Not only does it make your dog more comfortable, sleeping in a clean environment. It also helps to remove a build up of bacteria and control pests like fleas and mites. Cleaning your dogs bed also helps to keep your house clean when you own a dog.
When it comes to buying a dog bed, it is always best to choose practicality over style. Choose a dog bed that is easy to clean, with a water-resistant, removable cover that can withstand washing in a machine. You will thank yourself later on, when it comes to cleaning it.
How to Clean a Dog Bed
The most effective way to clean your dogs bed is in a washing machine. Follow the manufacturers instructions and wash the bed in line with these.
Begin by removing as much excess hair as possible, before you put the dog bed in the washing machine. This way you won’t clog your washing machine with dog hair that you may find present on your clothes in subsequent wash cycles.
If the bed has a removable cover, remove it and wash it separately to the stuffing. Be sure to check the label with regards to the bed’s filling. Sometimes, the cover and the stuffing will have different requirements when it comes to washing them.
Adding an antibacterial laundry cleaner will kill any germs present on the dog bed and a fabric softener will help to keep the bed smelling fresh and eliminate any dog odours present on the fabric.
You can also add white vinegar to your wash cycle. White vinegar is an effective way to remove stains and odours from dog beds. You need about 1/2 to 1 cup per wash cycle.
How to Clean a Dog Bed Without a Washing Machine
If you have the type of dog bed that cannot go in a washing machine or perhaps you need to spruce up your dogs bed quickly.
Whatever reason you have, you might wonder how to clean the dog bed effectively without the use of a washing machine. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can achieve an effective clean.
- Use a stain remover that targets specific pet stains. There are a number of products on the market which effectively remove pet stains from fabrics. Always carry out a spot check first, in a discreet place on the dog bed fabric, to ensure that it is compatible.
- Remove the excess dog hair with a lint roller or vacuum.
- Spray the bed with a pet odour eliminator. Dog beds can harbour pet odours and hinder you effectively eliminating bad odours from your home. Alternatively, for a more natural product, fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil and spray the bed all over. Always ensure the bed is completely dry before you allow your dog to use it again.
- Hang the dog bed outside to aerate. Giving the bed time outside, hung on the line in a fresh breeze will not only help aerate the bed and make it smell a little more fresh but it will help to get rid of some of the excess fur that has accumulated on the fabric.
How to Get Dog Hair out of Blankets
As well as removing the dog smell, removing dog hair from blankets and beds can be a tough job that seems never ending. Here are some effective ways to remove pet hair from blankets and bedding:
- Use a rubber glove. Wear a rubber glove and dampen it with water. Drag the glove over the fabric to collect the dog hair that is present on it.
- Use a Tumble Dryer Sheet. Dryer sheets are an effective pet hair remover outside of the tumble dryer. The static properties of dryer sheets will attract the dog hair and lift it right off the fabric. Take a dryer sheet and wipe it over the dog bed and the dog hair will come off more easily. A blown up balloon also has the same effect.
- A rubber brush is an effective tool when it comes to removing pet hair from furniture fabric and blankets. It’s useful for car seats and carpets too!
- Diluted fabric softener is another effective way to remove pet hair that works in a similar way to dryer sheets. Add some fabric softener to a spray bottle and dilute with one part softener to 4 parts water and spray over the blankets. Rub the blanket with a microfibre cloth as you go, to lift the dog hair straight off the fabric. This is also an effective method for how to get dog smell out of blankets too.
- A lint roller will work wonders on pet hair, but can feel wasteful. A good alternative is a re-useable lint roller that doesn’t use sticky disposable sheets.
- A pumice stone can be used for more than your feet. Gently rubbing a pumice stone across fabrics covered in dog hair will help to remove it quickly, and with little effort.