How to clean a dog bed without a removable cover

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How to clean a dog bed without a removable cover

Dogs deserve a nice bed to sleep in just like humans do, but many pet parents are unaware that they have to clean their dog’s bed on a regular basis.

In fact, experts recommend cleaning the dog bed at least every two weeks, but every week is even better.

Dog beds come in various types, including with and without a removable cover. Beds with a cover are easy to clean because you can throw the cover in the washer when it gets dirty.

But what about the ones without that cover? If you’re wondering how to clean a dog bed without a removable cover, just know that it’s easier than you think.

Different Types of Dog Beds

Dog beds can come with or without a cover.

Beds that are made without covers can usually be thrown right into the washing machine or in some cases, dry-cleaned.

Sometimes, dog beds can only be spot-cleaned, but if you check the label on the bed, you’ll know for sure.

For beds without a cover, it’s especially important to read the label because they could be cleaned in a variety of ways.

Learning how to clean a dog bed without a removable cover always starts with reading the instructions to make sure you don’t miss anything important.

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Steps to cleaning your dog bed

Here are some important steps to take when you wish to clean a dog bed that doesn’t have a removable cover:

  • Vacuum the bed well. Make sure you vacuum the spaces between the seams and the padding, which will likely require an accessory or attachment. For tangled-up dog hairs, use a brush to loosen them, then vacuum over the area once more. In fact, make sure you vacuum all of the loose debris before you stop vacuuming.
  • Pay attention to the stains on the bed. Always spot-clean your bed to get rid of stains and spots left behind by urine, drool, dirt, and others. Use an enzyme cleaner and a clean towel for the best results, and follow the instructions to the letter so that most or all of the stains are removed before going to the next step.
  • Soak the bed in warm soapy water. Find a large basin and fill it up with warm water and a baby laundry detergent. Soak the bed for 10 to 15 minutes, pressing down on the bed every few minutes to push out the dirt. If the water turns dark in color, replace the water with clean water and repeat the procedure again until the water turns clear.
  • Clean the bed with baking soda. Remove the bed from the water and scrub every inch of it with a damp scrub brush and some baking soda, which is perfect for ridding the bed of bad smells. For hard-to-reach spaces, you can use a toothbrush, and clean the bed inside and out.
  • Rinse off the bed thoroughly. At this point, you should fill up the basin again with water but no detergent, then rinse off the bed until it is completely free of soap. You may have to fill up the basin with water several times to get it done right. Once again, press on the bed with your hands to get the soap out of the bed.
  • Wring out the bed and let it dry. Place the wet bed on the floor on a towel or a dry bath tub and wring it out with your hands as much as possible. Get as much of the water out as possible, then place it on a towel outside where the sun can dry it out. Leave it out there for several hours until it is dry, but try not to place it in direct sunlight.


Learning how to clean a dog bed without a removable cover involves learning how to keep the bed clean afterward, and there are things you can do to keep the bed clean for longer periods of time.

First of all, vacuum the bed frequently so that it doesn’t have a chance to get stains and spots on it.

Once a week, try to place the bed in direct sunlight so that bacteria can be killed. If you can, try to find a removable cover so the bed will be protected in between cleanings. 

If you do have a removable dog bed cover, the process is very much easier as you can use your washing machine to clean your dog bed cover.