Our furry friends.  Our FURRY friends… I’ve never met a hairless cat or dog, so I can’t comment on their appeal, but I know the #1 part of being a cat dad that I love and that I hate is the fur.  Fur everywhere.

Delightful, soft, cozy, patt-able fur when on my cats, and disgusting, ugly, static-y, hateful fur when it is everywhere else. 

And don’t get me started on pukes, poops, drools and fish breath!

As our little buddies tend to spend a lot of time sleeping, at least their fur seems to accumulate in centralized locations.  I mean, there’s usually a thin layer of fur everywhere, but the highest concentration and clumps are usually in their beds.

For our sanity, and health, it’s important to clean cat bed furniture regularly.  Wash-ability may not have been something you thought of when buying your cat’s bed, but it’s an important feature.  Now, I know some people that like to buy the cheapo beds from the big-box pet stores and just throw them away rather than washing, but I don’t think that’s very environmentally responsible, nor is it actually cost effective.

When buying furniture such as a bed for your pet, there are many factors that come to mind, and of course design is also one of them. You’ll want to buy modern pet furniture if you have a modern design aesthetic.

Just as you want to sleep on a fresh set of sheets, your pet wants to sleep on a fresh, clean bed. (or at least you will want them to) Their bed is their personal space, so it should be a neat and clean one.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure a clean bed for your pet.

Washability

You want to look for a bed that is washable or that has a removable, washable fabric cover. The cover should be made of a color-safe fabric so that it does not bleed when washed. Look for a quick-drying fabric – this will greatly help to discourage mold growth.

Precleaning

Before giving the bed a thorough wash, you’ll want to vacuum it to remove excess pet hair and dirt. We all love our pets, but we all know how much they can shed (and how much debris they can track through the house). A lint brush also works well to pick up any stray hairs that the vacuum may not be able to get.

Once the excess hair is gone, remove the fabric cover from the bed and get it ready for the wash. If the bed cover shows signs of any stains, you may want to spray it with a stain remover before putting it into the washing machine. It’s a good idea to check and see if the bed’s cushion is also washable. If so, you can pop that in the washing machine with the cover. If it’s too big, you can always wash it in the tub. You’ll want to wash your pet’s items separately (from your clothes), using the cold water setting on your machine.  Adding white vinegar can help with removing stains and bacteria.

Detergent

Determine what type of laundry detergent to use. If you’re worried your pet may have sensitive skin, or you don’t want to add a lot of unnecessary scents or chemicals to their laundry, there are many gentle and natural, fragrance-free detergents on the market.

Just because it smells good to you doesn’t mean that it will smell good to your pet.

Ensure that whatever detergent you use is pet-friendly. If the bedding is quite dirty, you’ll want to run it through two wash cycles to make sure it comes clean as possible.

Dryer Tips

When it’s time to dry your pet’s bedding you can put it in the dryer with a pet-safe dryer sheet (read the labels, people!). The sheet may help reduce static cling and even remove more pet hair. Make sure to use a low temperature setting and don’t keep the bedding in for too long. During this time, more hair will be removed and the bedding will de-wrinkle a bit. After twenty minutes or so, remove the bedding and let it air-dry to avoid shrinking. Incidentally, if it’s a nice day, let the bedding dry outside in the fresh air. You’ll get a natural fresh scent that your pet will love.

Here’s another tip to consider, you may want to buy additional fabric covers for your pet’s bed. This way you can rotate them, so the covers won’t wear out from too many washings. Your pet’s bed is their resting place so you want to make sure they have the cleanest, most comfortable space possible. Following these tips will ensure the cleanest bedding for your pet’s optimal well-being.

How do you Fight the Fur in your home?  Do you have any tips or tricks that work well for you? Let everyone know in the comments below!