Stainless steel bird cages are quite popular these days. They have a number of advantages over other types of cages. Stainless cages are very easy to clean and do not require a lot of care and maintenance as other cages. All it requires is only a few minutes a day and your cage would be shiny and sparkling. Cleaning the cage and maintaining proper surroundings is necessary for keeping your bird healthy. If you already have a pet you know very well that birds love to create a lot of mess, so regular and proper maintenance is necessary.
These steps should help you to go through your cleaning routine:
Step 1: Take the bird out of the cage.You don’t want to clean the cage with your bird still in it.
Step 2: Take out all other stuff in the bird cage like toys, perches, feeders etc.
Step3: Take an empty spray bottle. Mix half a gallon (that is nearly 2 liters) hot water and half a tea cup of white distilled vinegar.
Whit distilled vinegar is a popular household cleaner. IT is very effective in killing germs and bacteria. It is environment friendly and a good alternative to harsh chemicals. These features make it very safe and health problems to your bird can be avoided.
Step 4: Open the cage and take out the cage lining and clean it. If there is no cage liner the dropped food and mess can be cleaned with a paper towel or a soft cloth. You can use a newspaper, towel, cardboard or a paper towel for lining.
Step 5: Spray the cage with the vinegar solution and clean it gently with a soft towel or cloth. There is no need for hard scrubbing. This should not take you more than 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 6: After cleaning it is good to let the cage dry before letting your bird in. You can use a towel to wipe it dry or a blow drier or let it dry naturally.
Step 7: Place the cage back in its place and replace all the toys inside. Also replace the food and water bowls with fresh ones.
Step 8: Remove all the bird feathers, seeds and debris that has fallen from the cage.
You are set to go. You can follow this procedure every week or for every 3 days to keep your cage clean and your bird happy.
This method is both cost effective and takes very little time. It is safe to avoid harmful chemicals to clean the cages as it could affect your pet’s health. It is also better to avoid steel or wood scrubs for cleaning.
To clean a stainless cage you don’t need to spend hours scrubbing. If you do not want to follow any of the steps above then wiping the cage with a soft cloth dipped in warm water is all that is required.