Dog Bed Sheets by Janice Jones |Updated 04-08-2021
How often do you launder your dog beds? Once a week? Once a month? Never? Even the cleanest dog breeds get dirty, and often all that dirt, dust, and grime end up on the dog bed. Also, if you have a problem with fleas, dog beds are the favorite place for fleas to lay eggs. Once they procreate, the chances of eliminating the flea infestations in your home become even more challenging.
Sometimes dark colored dog beds don’t show the dirt so you may be fooled into believing the bed is clean. Try wrapping a white sheet around your dog’s bed for a couple of days and see just how dirty they can get.
Now, even if your dog bed doesn’t have a removable cover, you can still clean the dog bed. Still, it can be time-consuming, and dog beds are not made to withstand repeated machine washings. Less expensive dog beds loose their shape and the material used to stuff the beds become lumpy and uncomfortable for the dog. Some dog beds will clog the spin cycle making it difficult to finish the washing cycle.
Luckily, extra-small and small size beds can fit in most home washers. Regardless, if you have a medium-size or larger bed, you might find yourself visiting the commercial laundromat frequently to use their extra-large front-loading machines.
It got to the point where I hated doing laundry, not my own, but that of my dogs. It seemed like I was putting in one or two loads of blankets, beds, pads, and towels at least daily. Of course, I have more dogs than the average person, (12 to be exact), but even with one or two small dogs, keeping them clean and tidy requires extra laundry time.
I tried a variety of ways to keep beds clean, but I was not as successful as I had hoped. I would cover them in a blanket that should have worked, but my dogs like to redecorate, so the blankets ended up on the floor.
I tried stuffing them in a pillowcase, but then the shape of the bed was curved, and the dogs wouldn’t sleep on it. I tried spraying with products such as Febreze, which made them smell nice but didn’t clean them. The same is true of spraying them with a disinfectant – they were disinfected but not clean. To make matters worse, I wasn’t convinced that applying a disinfectant spray was safe or healthy for a dog’s skin.
Then, I stumbled upon a product that made my life easier - PawSheets®.
Such a simple design, I wondered why I had not thought of it myself. These are actual bed sheets very similar to the fitted sheets you use on your own mattress. They are shaped similarly and have elastic all around the opening making them easy for you to put on and take off.
Just like dog bed sizes vary based on the size of your dog, these sheets come in a variety of sizes and colors. Best of all, they are made of soft cotton and polyester, making them a favorite among my dogs for sleeping.
The elastic holds them securely on the bed, so I don’t have to worry about dogs pulling them off and mistaking them for pee pads! Even better, these sheets don’t have buttons, zippers or cords that a dog could pull or chew on. It would seem even very young puppies find them comfortable.
So, the dogs loved them, but what about people? I can tell you what I love about them.
Before ordering PawSheets®, you will want to measure your bed accurately.
Dog beds come in different shapes and thicknesses, so to assure you order the correct size, you will need a tape measure such as those for sewing projects. Lay the bed on a flat surface and begin to measure from the floor, up, over, and down the bolster, if it has one, across the bed, and then repeat for the bolster on the other side.
For flatbeds, measure from the floor across the top of the bed and then down to the floor. You can use pillows too, and they would be measured similarly.
If you are confused about measuring, PawSheets offers some quick tips. Take the outside measurements and the height of the bed from the floor to the top of the bolster. Multiply those three measurements and then compare them to the information provided on this page. It’s really not that hard and definitely not rocket science. Here a quick tip sheet I found on the PawSheets® Website.
For best results, shake them out and then simply throw your PawSheet into the washer with other similar clothing on the regular wash cycle. Some fabrics are notorious for holding onto dog hair, so you will want to avoid washing your PawSheets® with these types of materials.
If you are anxious about disinfecting, you might want to add some laundry additive, such as Nature’s Miracle Laundry Boost https://amzn.to/3kroxwo. Still, under normal circumstances, it isn’t necessary.
Simply adding a little white vinegar and/or baking soda will work equally well.
I recommend that you wash your PawSheets® once per week.
It would seem that cats love the feel of these sheets. Here’s my American Long Hair cat resting in a place where she doesn’t have to share the bed with a dog.
As most of you know, I do very few sponsored posts but when I find a product that I think will help your small dog or make your own life easier, I do like to let you know about it. PawSheets® is an ASPCA Guardian member.
For more information, pricing and ordering instruction visit PawSheets at https://www.pawsheets.com/