Fleece requires a small amount of preparation before it can be used as bedding in your guinea pig's cage. Here's why:
New fleece has a protective barrier that causes liquid to pool on the surface. The prewashing process breaks down that barrier, allowing moisture to pass through. However, certain treatments such as fabric softener can restore that barrier.
|Liquid pooling on the surface indicates the fleece needs another wash.|
Sounds complicated? Not at all! Follow the steps below for a hassle-free experience.
- Load your fleece into the laundry machine, add detergent, and wash in hot water. Remember not to use any fabric softener!
- Dry the fleece after washing. Do not use dryer sheets.
- Repeat 3-5 times.
- Once the fleece has dried, test to see if it is ready by placing it over your chosen absorbent material (towels or furniture pads are well suited for this purpose). Pour water on it.
- If liquid pools on the surface instead of sinking through, repeat Steps 1 & 2 before testing again. It can take anywhere from 3-7 cycles before the fleece is ready to be used as bedding.
- If the water flows through the fleece it is ready to be used in your guinea pig's cage.