While cute and cuddly your feathered friend can be, it can be a little tricky to keep their cage clean, hygienic and smelling new! Dogs love a clean, tidy home, just like you! Maybe you bought a metal or plastic crib and you’re wondering how to make sure your best friend has a warm, comfortable, and safe environment to cuddle up in. As experts in the field, we’ll answer all of your questions, so read on.
First, we’ll look at the short answer on how to clean your dog’s kennel, then we’ll go into more detail on the best way to do it and what will help you.
How do I clean my dog’s kennel?
To ensure best results, first remove all of your dog’s bedding, toys, bowels, food, and blankets for washing. Take the cage outside if possible or use an old towel in the bath. To get rid of bacteria completely, use natural cleaning and disinfecting products, then rinse and dry completely.
Why do I need to keep my pet’s kennel clean?
While you may not think that your pet has a tendency to mess, such as footprints on your clean sofa after a walk, or your pet dog shaking their wet coat on the floor your recent scouring. However, they really do deserve a clean and disinfected home for their health and yours.
Be aware that their natural instincts, along with any training you’ve done with them, makes them extremely hesitant to perform bodily functions inside the cage. However, even the most eloquent canines make a mess sometimes and just like humans, their beds and homes frequently need to be cleaned.
So start by looking at the best way to make your furry friend’s crate spotless to show them how much you care.
How to clean metal kennels for dogs
Large, heavy crates can take longer to keep clean and fresh than smaller ones.
Luckily, most of them have a pull-out tray that makes cleaning easier. So check out our tips below on how to keep metal cages shiny and clean. You’ll want to start by removing the soft cushion on the bottom of the cage and taking it right to your washing machine for a thorough cleaning.
Wash soft items like mattresses, pet beds and blankets
The pad is probably the easiest part of the cleaning process since you just pop it into a wash cycle. Make sure any soft pads you buy are machine-safe. Of course, you can wash any soft furnishings in your pet’s home, such as your dog’s favorite fleece, or any other type of dog bed inside their metal cage.
You may want to wash these parts of your dog’s bed regularly to make sure your pet is clean and comfortable. When washing the soft parts of the kennel, make sure you use a specially formulated pet bed cleaner.
This will also keep everything smelling good – including your dog. You don’t have to completely wash the entire cage every time you refresh your bedding and mattress.
Make sure that any soft toys your pet gets are washed regularly to minimize odors and keep all of your pet’s favorite toys sanitized and clean.
Prepare the crib
Okay, so your pet’s bedding and soft toys are messing around in your washing machine. Any pet toys that are not soft can be cleaned using a specially formulated pet-safe cleaner for easier cleaning. Remember to wash plastic toys thoroughly! And make sure everything is removed from the tray at the bottom of the cage.
To completely remove pet odors that may have built up, apply a generous amount of pet odor remover and allow to air dry. Use just enough to completely kill off any unwanted odors to keep your furry friends smelling fresh and clean.
The next stage after dealing with odors is scrubbing the enclosures!
If the weather is right, it can be easier to take the cage outside for washing, especially if it’s a larger cage. If the weather isn’t right, it’s fine indoors.
The tub is probably the best place to start the cleaning process – depending on the size of your cage! Especially if you have a shower head over your tub.
Line the tub with a thin towel and place the cage in the tub. Use the shower head to spray the unit, then fill a bucket with warm water and cleaning solution – this cleaning solution is perfect! Use a scrub brush to apply the solution to the barrel, making sure to scrub the entire cage and make sure you remove any rust as well.
To completely eliminate bacteria, use an eco-friendly and 100% pet-friendly disinfectant on the entire cage, inside and out, including the plastic tray.
After scrubbing away any stubborn stains, make sure you rinse thoroughly. Even if you’re using pet-friendly products, it’s still important to rinse to minimize any potential for upset pets from detergent residue.