Our pets are family members and deserve the best of the best, just like we do. One of the mundane tasks is cleaning up after them. However, I see it as a blessing because it means we have them with us. For instance, pet bed cleaning is probably one of the least tackled chores. Am I right?
Pets love their spaces as much as we do. Often, they prefer them stinky, especially dogs. I have had several pets over the years and each has different needs. My current dog, Teddy, has allergies which cause me to have to be very careful what I use with him. We adopted him at 1.5 years old, so the original owner did things differently than I did which I believe affected his health long-term.
Sadly, only a couple of weeks after this photo for his upcycled sweater coat, Teddy tore his ACL while we were visiting my parents during our first showing of our home. Yeah…we’re awesome like that. tsk.
Poor fella is aged and his leg is as-is for the rest of his life. For a week or so I notice his ear down on the side he always used to get ear infections in. I don’t think he has an infection, but kept an eye on it. This week, he got out of his bed tippy, dizzy, and eyes darting all over. He is now diagnosed with old dog disease (aka. vestibular disease)
After a few days of nausea meds, loads of help (he can’t walk), he’s showing improvement. It can last up to 5 days, but his eyes have stopped flicking, but he’s still lethargic. Eating, drinking, and pottying though!
So, to treat Teddy, I am giving him a pet bed cleaning to make him more comfortable. Often I toss in his bedding into the wash, however, I also love to use my HomeRight SteamMachine Elite.
Talk about a beast of a machine with all the fun accessories too! You can see how I used it in this post HERE or in this video below too. In it, you can see how I set it up.
The SteamMachine Elite is easy to use. First, just fill with distilled water using the measuring cup and funnel provided. Then, let it heat up, and have at it. You can’t get any easier than that.
Next, put the cap on tight (not too tight though), and turn on the machine. You will see both orange and red lights glow. That just means it’s warming up. However, when you see (& hear) the orange light click off, then it’s ready to go.
Also, while you are waiting on the machine to build steam, you can pick your attachments. In this instance, I’m using an extension tube with nozzle attached. Then, I add on the acrylic brush. Brass brushes are in the set, but you don’t want to use those on fabric.
Now, our SteamMachine Elite is ready to go! I prefer to wear hearing protection. However, sometimes the job also requires eye protection. For this, I don’t feel there were be debris coming at me. First, pull the trigger to release steam.
While the steam is coming out, gently scrub the pet bed with the brush. Working in small batches makes the job go smoother. Once you have a spot steamed, use the provided cloth to clean off the dirt and grime.
Obviously, keep cleaning until you’re done! I needed a handful of old towels because this bed was pretty bad. However, I was done in less than 30 minutes. You can’t beat it!
After your cleaning is complete, the bed is wet or damp. So, it will need to dry for a few hours or overnight.
Look who got up to take a sniff. Yay! This is big as he hasn’t left his bed much in these last days. You can see the tip in his head as he’s still dealing with the inner ear issue.
But, Teddy now has a refreshed and healthy spot to be. I’m so excited it’s clean and he is comfortable.
Finally, my pet bed cleaning is done and I spend time with my lil’ guy. Look at him chillaxin’.
With that, HomeRight and I want to help you have a healthy pet and healthy home. We are giving away a SteamMachine Elite. Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like. Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. In addition, winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Also, be sure to check your spam!
In addition, do pin and share my chemical-free pet bed cleaning. I know I’m not the only pet bed owner that needs this.
Up next, I’m giving this vintage gem a new lease on life. See its new life HERE.