Your kennels are a large investment - so ensuring they last as long as possible is important!
We use materials that are naturally anti-microbial and easy to clean. We also use materials that are designed to last as long as possible. However, there are still some chemicals and practices that can damage or prematurely age the kennels.
Here are some things to avoid:
- Cleansing products containing Chlorides, Bromides, Iodides, and Thiocyanates. - They can discolor and prematurely corrode the kennel materials - most notably the hardware.
- Note that a dilute bleach solution can be used to disinfect - just be sure to try to keep it away from the hardware and be sure to rinse!
- Do not use steel-wool pads on any surface of the kennel. - This will scratch off any protective finish and possibly damage the kennel itself.
These steps should help prolong the life of the kennel:
- Any cleansing agent you do use should be rinsed and NOT allowed to 'air-dry'.
- Clean off urine as soon as possible.
- Let the kennels dry between use. This not only helps protect the kennel, it reduces the potential for bacteria or mold cross-contamination.
- Animal hair should be removed. Hair holds unwanted bacteria, urine, and molds. It won't really harm the kennel - but it does increase the chances of a disease-outbreak.
We found one of the best cleansers to use on the kennels is Dawn® Dish Soap! It breaks down the natural oils secreted through the skin of dogs and cats. Another cleaner that works really well on the panels is Scrubbing Bubbles® for the bathroom.
Professional cleansers such as Wysiwash® can be used - just be sure to rinse!