Sunday, April 9, 2017

How To Efficiently Clean And Disinfect Your Pet’s Bed

How To Efficiently Clean And Disinfect Your Pet’s Bed 

So we Pet Lovers have probably already instilled the habit of cleaning our furry companion’s bowls daily (please make sure you do Pawrents), if you haven’t, its high time you checked out how to do so safely for their bowls and toys here!
Cat bed
It goes without saying that our Pets’ beds need regular cleaning too (even small pets like Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Birds), think about how often you change out your bed sheets and cleaned your mattresses. Now imagine a whole bunch of hair, fur or dirt getting caught on it every single day, isn’t it an excellent example of why we should be cleaning their beds more often?   

Just How Dirty Can Your Pet’s Bed Get?

Our Furkids come in contact with potential bacteria every single day, just like us humans (at least we know to wash our hands and feet when necessary), here are a few questions to address to understand the importance of properly cleaning their beds:

Does your Pet shed a lot?

How frequent do you take them out for a walk?

Does your pet drool excessively?

Do they have allergies or skin issues currently?

Is the environment dusty?

Washing Guinea Pig beds
Bacteria, Germs, Diseases and harmful pathogens can be carried through many ways, such as vomit, saliva, urine, faeces, any other form of discharge and even fur. These are potential nesting grounds for a lot of bacteria, consistent and regular washing enables easier and more efficient removal of these pathogens. Unlike us, our furry pals can’t wash up on their own! Since regular grooming is already an essential part to having a pet, why let the cleaning effort go to waste when you can ensure that they are turning in for a good night’s rest on a fresh clean bed

Regular Vacuuming 

To start off, you can include vacuuming your Pet’s bed in your weekly home cleaning regime, especially for Pets that shed a lot, there are bound to be clumps and strands of fur stuck in their beds. A good roll-over with a lint-roller or tape can also quickly get the job done! Additionally, this gets rid of dust, and the chances of them swallowing their own fur is greatly reduced.
cleaning rabbit cage
Choosing the right Pet bed can be difficult (there are too many adorable ones!) It does not only need to cater to your Pet’s unique preferences, we should also consider if it would suit our laundry habits. For example, a Pet bed with removable covers that allows washing would be ideal as you can easily chuck the covers into a washer for a good rinse, whereas a bed with non-removable covers would take a much longer time to dry altogether.

Thorough Washing And Cleaning

The advised temperature to successfully kill any harmful pathogens is 60 to 70 Degree Celsius, always soak the covers in boiling water with a Pet-friendly detergent. If you wish to opt for an even natural cleaning agent, you may try using Distilled White Vinegar instead.
Frenchie In Bed
Give it a good soak for about an hour, rinse, and it’s good to go in the washer! Avoid using bleach and fabric softeners, bleach is harmful if not properly washed and ingested by your Pets, and fabric softeners could be really tough on their sensitive noses.

Drying Methods

Again, having a Dryer is a luxury and efficient way to dry any laundry (if the material permits), but for those of us that do not have a Dryer readily at home, the Sun is your best friend! Fresh, sunned out laundry not only smells great, it further depletes any remaining bacteria. Alas, with the weather in Singapore lately, where you can’t be sure if it’s going to pour the very next second, you can take them down to a nearby Laundromat (we see one in every neighbourhood nowadays) and pop them into a Dryer for a spin!
Pets In Bed
 Now we don’t have to be worried if your Pet doesn’t have a dry and safe bed ready at night Don’t forget to give their beds a good spritz of Pet-friendly disinfectants and air out before you usher your Furkids in. Happy cleaning!

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