It has been great fun to ask around among our customers about how often they clean their dog beds. Some will say that they simply can’t remember as the dog beds are in the kennels and so far they have not seen any need to clean them. I would say, that this is also the case for me as the beds that my dogs have outside are amazing. Despite my dogs dragging bones and tripe in there to chew on, their beds don’t seem to pick up that smell. My dogs are served the odd deer head, which they love to demolish from the very start as they first eat the eyes and the tongue and then proceed with hair, skin and any bit of muscle they can gnaw off.
They are finally left with a gruesome cranium without the bottom jaw as that has been pulled off and the last thing they need to get to is the brain. They will keep gnawing at it and at some point they break through to devour the fatty, yummy brain. All this, ladies and gentlemen, happens on the waterproof dog beds in the kennels and there is no smell. OK, if you stick your nose right down to the bed, they will smell a bit “earthy”, but not revolting.
Other people, who have the waterproof dog beds in the house will tell us that they give it a wipe-over every week or they might vacuum it daily or weekly, but only take it out to wash it deeply every month or two or six month.
If you have one of our dog beds with a machine washable cover on, you may need to wash this cover weekly or so, but that’s ok because it is soooo easy to do. You just pop it in the machine at 40 degrees and it comes out like new. As the machine wash spin gets rid of most of the water, it only takes a short time to dry completely.
Perhaps the dog beds you have in the car are more likely to need frequent washing for two reasons: the car is often used to take the dogs to the woods or beach for walks and inevitably they will jump back in the car covered in salt and sand or good old mud from the irresistible puddles, so the car dog beds will get well dirty. The other reason is the enclosed nature of the car as it doesn’t take much dampness before your car smells. Many times I have got in my car and wondered what on earth the smell was all about and it turns out to be the walking boots or even the dog lead!! A simple dog lead, smelling a little bit of dog can whiff out an enclosed car environment.
So for your car dog beds it is extra great to have a Wipe Clean Tuffie bed with a quick drying removable cover like the Wicking Cover. It will allow good grip for the dog, good ventilation under him and is super easy to clean.