How to Clean Animal Bedding - dummies

By Gill Chilton

Quilted fabric pet baskets look cute. Probably they’re snug and cosy too. Unfortunately, in cleaning terms, they’re hopeless. A bed for your cat or dog has to be one that you can clean out and disinfect regularly. Failure to do so means that your pet’s bed is likely to become home to mites and fleas that live to bite your pet, making that basket not so cosy after all.

Wicker is a better choice because you can wash down the basket. Take it outside to clean. Shake out loose dirt then use a small stiff brush or the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to get out the rest. After vacuuming, always change the bag with care or empty the cylinder, as adult fleas may now be in your cleaner.

Repeated wetting can weaken wicker, so only give the basket a thorough hose down occasionally. Choose a dry, sunny day so that it can air-dry quickly and thoroughly. The rest of the time content yourself with spray cleaner.

TipKing recommends removing odours by sprinkling bicarbonate of soda in the smelly dog or cat’s bed. It won’t harm your pet, and freshens him as well as the bedding.

Avoid cleaning out your cat or dog’s bed altogether – a cardboard box lined with old T-shirts makes for a super disposable bed. Each week, take it outside for a thorough shake and air. Each month, throw everything out (straight into the rubbish, sealed in a plastic sack) and begin again.