It’s slowly starting to feel like Spring, and that means people will feverishly start cleaning. However, do you ever think about doing a Spring Cleaning on your pet bird cage? You probably think about the daily and weekly maintenance that is needed to keep your pet bird healthy. Adding a Spring Cleaning every few months during the warmer weather would also provide great benefits to your bird’s health.
Spring Cleaning the Bird Cage
Your bird lives in his cage most of the time, and that cage could really do with a few cleanings throughout the year. The warm weather provides great opportunities to do a dome-to-stand cleaning. Start by removing all the extraneous things from your bird’s cage, like perches, bird toys, sleepy huts, and food cups. Take the bird cage outside where you can really give it a good wash. Use a pressure washer or strong blasts from your hose to clean off every single part of the bird cage. Leave it to dry under the sun.
You will, of course, want to make sure your bird is kept in a bird-proofed area of the house until the cage is completely dry!
Spring Cleaning the Bird Accessories
While the bird cage is outside drying in the sun, take a moment to scrub down your bird’s accessories, too. Use warm, soapy water or bird-safe cleaners, like Nature’s Miracle or Poop-Off, to remove all the debris. These products can dry out in the sun, too.
Spring Cleaning Your Windows
If you have a Cockatiel, African Grey, Cockatoo, or any of the other high-dust-producing parrots near your windows, you will need to take some time to thoroughly clean your windows.
The Window Screens
You may not think of it, but your window screens gather and hold dust and dander. If your bird is situated near a window most of the time, that dust and dander is just sitting on your window screen. To clean the screen, take it outside and lay it flat on the ground. Use a garden hose to remove the majority of the dust. Use a soft rag or scrub brush to clean the corners and edges. Hose the screen down one more time to remove anything that you may have missed, and let the screen air dry in the sun.
The Blinds & Curtains
Hopefully, the curtains you use near your bird are machine washable. Simply take them down and throw them in the washing machine about four times a year. Blinds are another matter. Each blind slat should be dusted to remove dander. This can be accomplished by wrapping a damp rag around a ruler. You can run the flat end of this make-shift cleaner across each blind to remove the dust and dander.
Since you have already removed the screen, the curtains are in the wash, and the blinds are sparkling, take a moment to clean the window glass. Chances are, the glass has its own share of dust, dander, and bird food. A shop vacuum will help you remove the seed hulls or other bird food tidbits from crevices.
Spring Cleaning Shelves & Other Dusty Areas
Chances are, you have one or two areas near your bird’s cage that are high dust collecting areas. Things like bookshelves and cabinets are prime suspects of this crime. You are better off to start high and move down when cleaning these pieces of furniture. That way, you are wiping the dust in a downward manner, avoiding having to re-dust the same shelf multiple time, and you can simply sweep or vacuum the floor to remove the remaining dust.
Spring Cleaning the Electronics
Use a soft cloth with or without electronic dusting spray to clean off your laptop, desktop monitor, or TV screen. Chances are, those items have collected quite a layer of dust, and giving them a good cleaning will feel like you are looking at a whole new screen! Wipe a fabric softener sheet over the screens when you are finished to provide an anti-static guard that will keep dust from resettling as quickly.
Sparkly & New
Once everything has been wiped down, washed out, and dried, you can move your bird’s cage back in, put the windows back together, and enjoy how sparkly and new everything looks. Your bird will greatly appreciate your efforts, too.
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