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Cage cleaning?

Postby Dreamaliens » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:58 am

Hello guys! I just got a new beardie and I have a question about terrarium/tank cleaning. Can you use hot water and an anti bacterial soap without fragrance? Or is there a specific cleaning solution? I know with fish, you can’t use soap. Obviously I know he’s a reptile and not a fish, lol but I just want to make sure I’m doing everything the correct way. Any tips would help sooo much. :blob5:
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Re: Cage cleaning?

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:29 am

I don't think you'll run into quite the sensitivity to soap that you would with fish. That said, there are some tried and true methods I recommend. I usually clean up using vinegar. I spray the enclosure and let it sit for a little while, then wipe it down with paper towels. This works well for spot cleaning too. Then once the surfaces are clean, I sanitize by spraying F10 and letting that sit for around 10 minutes. It can be wiped up or let to air dry. You can also use a steam cleaner to sanitize things (and bake wood or tile in the oven at around 250f to sanitize). I find F10 works well and a bottle of concentrate lasts a very long time. https://beanfarm.com/products/f10sc-veterinary-disinfectant-100-ml-3-4-oz
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Re: Cage cleaning?

Postby Dreamaliens » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:22 pm

CooperDragon wrote:I don't think you'll run into quite the sensitivity to soap that you would with fish. That said, there are some tried and true methods I recommend. I usually clean up using vinegar. I spray the enclosure and let it sit for a little while, then wipe it down with paper towels. This works well for spot cleaning too. Then once the surfaces are clean, I sanitize by spraying F10 and letting that sit for around 10 minutes. It can be wiped up or let to air dry. You can also use a steam cleaner to sanitize things (and bake wood or tile in the oven at around 250f to sanitize). I find F10 works well and a bottle of concentrate lasts a very long time. https://beanfarm.com/products/f10sc-veterinary-disinfectant-100-ml-3-4-oz

Okay awesome. I really appreciate your response. :) /My mom cleans with vinegar and mentioned it as well, but I wasn’t too sure of it. I’ll definitely look into the f10. How long does that typically last you?
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Re: Cage cleaning?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:04 pm

The vinegar does a nice job of loosening solids so they can be picked up off of a surface. It also provides a bit of acidity which can act as a mild antimicrobial. The F10 works well to finish the job and sanitize the cleaned surface. A little bottle like that lasts me for at least a year or two. You wind up using about 3ml per 25oz spray bottle of water which will fill a spray bottle a little over 30 times.
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