Do you share your bed with your dog? If so, you’re not alone. According to the American Kennel Club, about 45% of dog parents hit the hay with their furry best friends and we don’t blame them. Those who snooze with their dogs are said to be sound sleepers as they tend to feel safe and secure. Also, the act of petting a dog promotes relaxation and consequently, better, sound sleep. But while cute and beneficial, sleeping with Fido also has a few downsides, the main one being the ton of fur and dirt they leave on your mattress. Fortunately, you don’t have to kick your dog out of your bed, instead use these tips on how to keep your mattress clean with a dog in the house.
Hair removal in the bedroom
Aah dogs! They are cute companions but they shed too much. This makes fur the most significant problem any dog owner will ever handle. The bright said is that it’s a manageable problem. With that said, here are some tips on dog hair removal in the bedroom;
The best defense against dog hair in not only your bedroom but the rest of your house is proper dog grooming. Bath Fido regularly to remove loose hair. Note, some dog breeds tend to shed more than others. For instance, huskies and German Shepherds are serial shedders. In light of that, a regular wash won’t be enough. So always take your time to brush your pooch. A good brush out will not only remove the loose hairs that may have ended up on your mattress but also allows you to bond with your furry best friend.
Keep in mind old loose dog hair tends to trap dirt and bacteria. This not only deteriorates the health of your dog’s coat but also puts you at risk because these bacteria end up in your mattress. Therefore, brush out your pooch regularly as it’s a win-win for both of you.
Invest in a quality lint roller or handheld vacuum
Proper grooming and brushing will help reduce the amount of hair that ends up on your mattress and furniture when your dog sheds but it’s not enough. Change your bedcovers and pillows regularly as these hold the most of the fur and then transfer it to your mattress. Also while at it, get yourself a quality lint roller or handheld vacuum to remove those hairs that accidentally find their way to your mattress.
Cover sleeping area with another sheet
Even if Fido loves to sleep with you, there are specific areas of the bed they like hogging. For instance, when sleeping with their owners, most dogs love sleeping around the legs. If your pooch is anything like this, place a sheet or towel on the area they like sleeping on the most. Shake it outside every morning and wash it periodically to get rid of the fur. This will prevent the fur from getting into your sheets and your mattress.
Eliminate dog smell or odor in the bedroom
As mentioned earlier, a dirty dog is a smelly dog, which equals a smellier mattress and bedroom. With that said, the key to keeping dog smell out of your bed is ensuring that Fido is always clean.
If your schedule is too tight Fido ends up being smelly before then all you need is white vinegar and the dog smell is as good as gone. Simply add a cup of undiluted white vinegar in your favorite spray bottle, mist your mattress, and leave it to dry.
Worried that your bedroom and your mattress to be precise will smell of vinegar every time you hit the sheets? Well, while it’s true white vinegar does have a strong smell, it should not worry you as it tends to dissipate once the vinegar is dry
Dog stains in the bedroom
Dog-related stains are not limited to fur and odors only but also stains on the mattress. Why? Well, even the most properly groomed and house-trained dog may accidentally urinate on your bed when they’re anxious, sick, or dreaming. If not urination stains, they may leave your mattress dump and stained when they lick their paws excessively or with their slobber puddles.
Luckily, you do not have to throw out the whole mattress. A mix of baking soda and peroxide works magic on such stains. With that said, start by removing and cleaning your sheets. Next, mix baking soda and peroxide and place it in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution on the stained areas of your mattress quilt, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe using a piece of cloth to remove the stains.
Repeat this until you’re satisfied and do this the minute you realize the dog peed as it’ll be much easier to catch these stains then. Plus, you’ll have enough time to let your mattress dry before you put the sheets back.
Having a dog is all fun and games until you have to deal with fur, paw prints and dog odor all over your house and especially in your bedroom. But as a dog lover, you signed up for this when you got yourself a furry best friend. Fortunately, these are problems you can handle seamlessly as proven by the tips above.