How to Clean a Guinea Pig's Fleece Bedding

Fleece bedding can be much easier and less-messy than other kinds of bedding, such as shavings, which can be tracked throughout your home. If you're unsure how to clean your guinea pig's fleece bedding, read on!


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    Gather your materials, although you can always modify what you get due to the cost, or for your own cleaning preferences.
  2. 2
    Place your guinea pig in a safe, enclosed space that they cannot get out of until you are done with your cleaning.
  3. 3
    Set up a time every day or every other day to spot clean the cage when a major cleaning isn't needed. Mark it on your calendar or set it as an alert on your phone if you think you'll forget when it's time to do it again.
  4. 4
    Clean the cage outdoors for the least mess. If you clean it indoors, be prepared to sweep up hay, and maybe even some poop off your floor.
  5. 5
    Brush up the poop pieces and hay with a broom and a dustpan, then brush the fleece again with a whisk brush and a curry brush.
    • It is important to sweep first, so that the vacuum cleaner in the next step doesn't get clogged up. [1]
  6. 6
    Vacuum the fleece. Optionally, you can go over it again with a fingernail brush. This will help remove hair from the fleece. [2]
  7. 7
    Follow up with a rubber-mitt or rubber-brush, and shake out the fleece outside carefully.
  8. 8
    Put it in the washing machine with 1/2 cups vinegar and some detergent. Hang it up to dry outside once done.


  • If your vacuum has a pet hair function, use that to clean your fleece.
  • Pick a medium or darker print of fabric, that way stains can be hidden better than a lighter print. However, be sure that you can still see poop and other debris against it.
  • Use a lint roller to pick up stubborn hair.
  • Consider placing potty pads underneath the fleece in areas that your guinea urinate the most. This is especially helpful to avoid urine smell.
  • Use an unscented detergent, in solid stick form.


  • Avoid using dryer sheets or fabric softener on your fleece.

Things You'll Need

  • A safe enclosure for your guinea pig
  • Whisk brush
  • Curry brush
  • Fingernail brush (optional)
  • Rubber mitt brush (optional)
  • Vacuum
  • Broom and dustpan

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