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How to fit a Tuffies Nest Cover on a Nest

How to Clean Your Tuffies Nest Cover.

The Tuffies Nest Cover and cushion cover wash very easily in the washing machine at 40 degrees and after a short drying time, it is as fresh and good as new. Your simply take out the nest cushion in the middle and strip off the cover and put it in the wash. After that the full nest cover almost falls off and can be put in the machine as well.

Why Would you Need a Nest Cover?

It is entirely a question of taste and how you want to keep your dog beds clean. Some Tuffie-owners like to have just the bare minimum and prefer to use the Wipe Clean or the Durasoft nest as they are without any covers. Cleaning is then just a matter of scrubbing down the cushion and nest sides with hot, soapy water and rinse. The drying takes very little time with the Wipe Clean while it takes up to an hour on a good sunny day with the Durasoft.

Most of our customers do prefer to use the Tuffies Nest with at least the cushion cover in the middle. The nests always come with a fleece cover on the cushion.

The Nest Cover is the Ultimate.

If you have a very hairy, hot dog, he might be happiest in a nest without fleece on the sides, so please consider your choice as you can also make your dog bed too hot. However, MOST dogs really love the full nest cover and it is definitely a brilliant way of keeping everything fresh and clean as the washing machine does all the work.

Nest cover definitely in need of a wash.

Nest cover definitely in need of a wash.

To wash, you simply pull out the cushion and take the cover off. When you do this you will find a whole lot of dog hairs and fluff that has been caught inside the nest instead of falling on your floor. You might also find little toys your dog has stuffed in under the cushion or bits of treat that got lost of forgotten in there.

Best to take the nest outside to strip.

Best to take the nest outside to strip.

You will find lots of dirt trapped in the bottom of the nest.

You will find lots of dirt trapped in the bottom of the nest.

While the nest cushion cover is washing in the washing machine you can take off the cover for the sides. This is best done outside so you can shake off most of the debris formed under the cushion. In the spring the birds will be very pleased with all the fluff and hairs for building their nests!

Once you have washed the full nest cover, you can hang it up to dry or you can tumble dry it on a cool setting.

Putting it all Back Together.

Once everything is washed and dried, it takes a little bit of a work-out to put it all back together, but it is so worth it, and once you have done it a couple of times, it becomes very simple and quick. Don’t be tempted to accept the dog’s help. They always seem to try and “help”, but they get in the way. Mine are never helping, they just try and get in to the bed before it has been assembled again.

The first thing to do is to put the cover on the cushion.

First you put the cushion cover on the cushion.

First you put the cushion cover on the cushion.

Once you have done that, you take the full cover and put the cushion inside it. VERY important: Make sure that the label on the full cover sits in the MIDDLE of the LONG side of the cushion.

Insert the cushion in to the cover. Cover's label should sit in the middle of the long side of the cushion.

Insert the cushion in to the cover. Cover’s label should sit in the middle of the long side of the cushion.

Now you pick up the whole lot and lower it in to the nest surround making sure that the label on the nest surround lines up EXACTLY with the label on the full nest cover.

Lower the nest cover with the cushion in to the nest surround. Label matching label.

Lower the nest cover with the cushion in to the nest surround. Label matching label.

Make sure that the thin nylon on the base of the full cover sits more or less ON the base of the nest surround.

Make sure the nest cover base sits on the nest base.

Make sure the nest cover base sits on the nest base.

Next thing to do is to fold the full nest cover out and OVER the sides of the nest surround. Make sure that you have opened the toggle fully to allow as much of the draw string to open up so you can get the cover on.

Now fold the cover sides out over the nest sides.

Now fold the cover sides out over the nest sides.

Keep pushing the cushion down and arranging the full cover sides neatly to make sure it all sits well.

Arrange the nest cover neatly all the way round the nest.

Arrange the nest cover neatly all the way round the nest.

Pull the draw string and turn the nest the right way up again. It then takes a little bit of finishing to make everything sit well.

Finally pull the draw string to secure the nest cover.

Finally pull the draw string to secure the nest cover.

Add a Dog.

With the Tuffies Nest cover neatly arranged, the dog is welcomed in.

With the Tuffies Nest cover neatly arranged, the dog is welcomed in.

Everything will look lovely and fresh and clean.

Wonderful to have a warm, clean bed at night.

Wonderful to have a warm, clean bed at night.