How to Clean & Disinfect Kennels
Outdoor kennels and crates are a magnet for viruses and bacteria that could harm your pet. Regular cleaning of your dog's kennel is a good practice to remove messes and prevent buildup of dirt, hair and grime.
Additionally, a schedule of kennel disinfection is strongly recommended. Harmful bacteria spreads quickly, increasing the risk of infection or illness that can sometimes be fatal. Bacteria reproduces at alarming speeds, doubling in as fast as 20 minutes.
Dogs can be particularly prone to illness such as staph, MRSA and even Parvo if they've had surgery or have recently been sick, as their immune systems can be temporarily weakened. Regular disinfecting treatment with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner will help keep dangerous bacteria at bay, and eliminate lingering odors.
To prevent buildup of illness-causing bacteria, disinfect your dog's kennel and everything in it monthly if your pet spends time outdoors. If your kennel is used less often, disinfect accordingly.
Keeping your dog's kennel, toys and surrounding area clean can help keep your pet healthy, and spare you costly veterinarian bills. Don't forget the water and food bowls as well, as these are prime spots for bacteria.
- Remove any gross buildup or physical matter prior to disinfecting. Also remove any fabric-covered items or surfaces such as bedding and toys.
- Hold Clean Finish Disinfecting Cleaner six to eight inches from hard, non-porous surfaces and spray area until covered. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes. No scrubbing necessary.
- Allow treated surfaces to air dry or wipe off with clean cloth.
- When using on food contact surfaces or dog toys, rinse with clean water after use.
- Dry and polish with a clean microfiber pad, non-abrasive cloth, or paper towels.
For reflective surfaces, glossy finishes, polished metals and glass, this final step will leave a sparkling clean, streak free surface.