Care Instructions

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by following our recommended care instructions you will prolong the use of your furry friend’s favourite Former Fibres product.

Caring for your Kapok filled bed

All about Kapok

If you’ve chosen one of our stuffed beds, they are filled with a luxurious and all natural fibre called Kapok. Kapok is not only environmentally friendly, it is also safe for your pet! Kapok fibre is lightweight, non-allergenic, non-toxic, naturally anti-bacterial, resistant to rot, and odourless. It’s because of these properties that Kapok does not require regular cleaning like typical polyfill fibres, which retain smells and bacteria – so for regular cleaning all you need to worry about is the cover.

You can learn more about the unique properties of Kapok here.

Fluffing your Kapok filled bed

Kapok fibre compresses when slept on, but fluffs back to shape easily! To keep your pet most comfortable, fluff the bed periodically to break up the Kapok fibres. After prolonged use, take your bed outside for a few hours and place it in direct sunlight. The UV rays from the sun naturally disinfect the cover and the Kapok fibres will fluff right back up to shape. During the winter months, a great alternative is to fluff your bed using the dryer! Use a low temperature setting for 30 mins, and add in some laundry balls with some pet safe essential oils, or tennis balls work great too!

Monthly Washing Or accident cleaning

  1. Remove the Kapok from your bed shell by accessing the zipper compartment on the bottom of your bed. If you purchased a Kapok filled bed, your order came with a handy Kapok sac to place your fibres into while your bed shell is being washed. We recommend un-stuffing and stuffing your bed outside, as Kapok fibres are very light and will travel, so they tend to make a mess. Not to worry though! Because Kapok is natural, it will compost and become part of the earth again. Kapok is waterproof and it should never be placed in the wash (submerged in water). It will clump and can be difficult to re-fluff because Kapok will absorb 30x it’s own weight in water, which is why we recommend removing it from your bed prior to washing. If your pet has had an accident and soiled some of the Kapok fibres, remove them from your Kapok Sac. Depending on the depth of the accident you can choose to either disinfect the fibres in direct sunlight OR dispose of them in your green bin, yard waste or home compost. You can purchase top ups of Kapok fibres separately from my website whenever you are getting low.
  2. Once your stuffing is removed from your bed shell you can place your shell in the wash. I recommend washing in cold water using an all natural detergent OR an unscented detergent. Our pets are very sensitive to smells and perfumes, if you wash their bed using soap that has a strong smell you run the risk of masking your pets natural scent which marks their territory and discouraging them from using their bed after washing. While your bed shell is in the wash you
    can place your Kapok sac out in the sun, or in the dryer to fluff up the fibres. If your fibres are really compacted, you can pull apart the fibre clumps with your hands before placing in the sun or the dryer to help the process. If placing in the dryer use a low temperature setting for 30 mins, and add in some laundry balls with some pet safe essential oils, or tennis balls work great too!
  3. Once your bed shell is done washing, hang it up in the sun to dry. If it isn’t a nice day or the season for line drying then place your shell in the dryer on a low heat setting. Once your bed shell is dry, then you can re-stuff it with your Kapok, give it a quick vacuum around the opening to remove any excess Kapok and you’re as good as new! Your furry friend can go back to napping in their favourite spot once more.

Caring for your self-stuffed bed

If you purchased one of my bed shells and stuffed it yourself using your own blankets or sheets, then you can place your bed in the wash like normal. I still recommend removing your filling for a better clean and a faster dry cycle. Also, if you have a large bed and your washer is not large enough to handle the full load, you can wash the filling in a separate load. I recommend using an all-natural or unscented detergent. Once your bed shell is done washing, hang it up in the sun to dry. If it isn’t a nice day or the season for line drying then place your shell in the dryer on a low heat setting. If you washed your shell and stuffing together you will need a higher, energy efficient setting on your dryer to dry both the shell and stuffing thoroughly.

Caring for your snuggle sack

My snuggle sacks shells are machine washable for easy cleaning. To take care of your new snuggle sack and the planet I recommend using an all-natural or unscented detergent, wash in cold water, and hang to dry.

Caring for your paw parent blanket

My blankets are machine washable for easy cleaning. To take care of your new blanket and the planet I recommend using an all-natural or unscented detergent, wash in cold water on a delicate setting to protect the embroidery, and hang to dry.

Caring for your poopie pouch

Simply spot clean with your favourite natural soap, or soak if needed and hang to dry.

Caring for your kitty kickers

Simply spot clean with your favourite natural soap, or soak if needed and hang to dry. Rub in your favourite catnip after washing. If the toy happens to tear, the toy should be taken away and discard so that your cat does not eat any of the loose fabric or thread.

Caring for your Kapok Pillow

Due to the Kapok this pillow cannot be washed or submerged in water, it will ruin the consistency of the pillow and will be difficult to re-fluff. But remember Kapok naturally anti-bacterial, resistant to rot so machine washing is not required – please, spot clean only. To bring your pillow back to its desired fluffiness, you can put the pillow in the dryer on low heat or air only setting or if weather permits, you can put your pillow out in the direct sunlight for a couple of hours as the sun is earth’s natural sanitizer. I personally only need to re-fluff my pillow every month or so.