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How to steam clean beardie vivarium

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:32 pm
by rhaegaldrogo
Hi there,

I'm going to get a steam cleaner to clean my beardies cage. What kind of steam cleaner would be good? Not brand wise, but would a small one or car one do the trick?

What should I do with the bulbs/bulb holders? I can't remove the holder for the UV, and the bulb is tricky to remove, or the holder for the basking bulb/CHE. Thanks :)

(its a wooden vivarium- is it ok to steam clean wood like that?)

Re: How to steam clean beardie vivarium

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:57 am
by rhaegaldrogo
Anyone? 👀

Re: How to steam clean beardie vivarium

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:26 am
by KarrieRee
You need to have one of the more experienced on here that have had dealings w/ the steam cleaners - Cooperdragon maybe - PM him and ask him about it
Karrie

Re: How to steam clean beardie vivarium

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:02 am
by CooperDragon
I responded via PM but wanted to put my thoughts on the forum for reference too. There are small steam cleaners with narrow pencil sized output that gives you pretty good accuracy to get around things that are sensitive to water vapor. I would avoid steaming the ceiling or lights and focus on the sides (especially lower) and the floor as well as the items in the enclosure. It takes a long time to get through everything thoroughly with a small cleaner though, so I usually reserve it for when I need to go after coccidia or if I need a bit of sand blast style action that spraying with vinegar and wiping doesn't handle or to get things stuck in crevices etc. I mostly rely on F10 for disinfecting things since it's so much quicker, but I have used steam and it works well if you have the time to go over everything slowly.