How to Clean Foam Dog Beds

After your dog has used her dog bed for awhile, it will need to be cleaned. Dogs may dirty their bed with their paws, drool on it, and shed their hair on the bed. Cleaning the bed will get rid of the dirt and freshen the bed up so that it smells good again. Every dog bed is different, so note what yours is made from.

Step 1

Remove the outside cover to the foam bed using the zipper on the side.

Step 2

Place the cover in the washing machine and set the water temperature to cold. Add a scoop of laundry detergent and turn the machine on.

Step 3

Fill your bathtub halfway full with warm water. Add a small scoop of laundry detergent to the water. Work the soapy water in to the foam with your hands, as brushes will damage the foam.

Step 4

Empty the soapy water from the tub and fill it back up with just water. Rinse the foam bed out. You will need to squeeze the foam several times to get the soap out. Just keep working on it with your hands until there are no more suds.

Step 5

Take the cover and the foam mattress outside and place them in the sun to dry. You don’t want to dry the cover in the dryer because it could shrink the cover. Then you wouldn’t be able to fit the foam back in the cover.

Step 6

Place the foam back inside of the cover and zip it up.

Step 7

Spray the foam dog bed with Bissell® Pawsitively Clean™ Crikey™. This will remove any other odors and leave the bed with a nice fresh scent.