After your cat has used its cat bed for a while, it will need to be cleaned. They may get their dirty paws on the bed or they may salivate on it. They are also likely to shed their hair on the bed. Cleaning cat beds will get rid of the dirt and freshen the bed up so that it smells good again. So, if you are spending a lot of time keeping our homes spic and span, particularly when there are four-footed friends to constantly clean up after. So it can be quite disturbing to see the way your pet's dirty since it's his fortress, and too often it's a cat bed covered with mud, hair, salivate and something that smells deviously like the pile of trash your cat was rubbing himself in your yard.

Cat beds come in all shapes and sizes - some are covered with a slipcover and other kitty nests are piled high with blankets. Learning how to clean cat beds is very easy as 1-2-3:

Cleaning The Foam

€ If you've got a foam cat bed, unzip the cover, take it outside and shake out as much of the hair and dust as you can. If any hair remains, try once-over with a lint roller.

€ Next, soak the cover in the sink in a hot water for 10 minutes before you wash it with soap to kill any bacteria that could possibly creep around. Squeeze the water out and wash it with soap.

€ Vacuum the cat bed thoroughly to get any dust or hair that may have left.

€ Fill your sink with hot water and some mild detergent (don't use the same water you washed the cover in!). Once the water is warm enough to be bearable, use your hands to work the soap into the foam and perhaps put something heavy on it to hold it down while it soaks.

€ Drain it and top-up the tub with clean water. Don't forget to squeeze the cat bed to get the soap out - keep at it until all the soapsuds are gone.

€ Don't put it in the dryer - that could shrink the cover.

Urinated Cat Bed

1. If the urine is new, blot up as much of it as you can use paper towels or a sponge. Apply amply of pressure to reach the succulence deep down. Stand on the paper towels for more pressure if necessary. If you own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner extract as much of the moisture as you can.

2. Mix a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water in a container. Pour a small amount of this solution over the area of cat urine. I used about 50mls. Then start blotting as described above to soak up this solution.

3. Dash a baking soda over the area.

4. Mix a quarter of a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and drizzle it over the area where you have sprinkled the baking powder and work it in using your fingers or use a brush. Allow fifteen minutes for the solution to work and then begin blotting again.

Caution: Do not use hydrogen peroxide that is stronger than 3%.

5. The cushion must now be left to dry carefully. A good sign is when the baking soda feels totally dry. Then vacuum up the baking soda thoroughly. Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking soda if needed.

That's all there is to it. It's as easy as that!