Some people despise reptiles, while others consider them adorable and lovable as a playful kitten or dog. If you fall into the latter category and have a reptile at home, you would know how important it is to provide them with a clean habitat. Reptile urine and feces generally contain viruses and bacteria that can harm your pet reptile with prolonged exposure. A carpet that is placed under the reptile absorbs urine and holds on the fecal matter generally. When that carpet gets too dirty, it becomes imperative to clean it. If it isn’t cleaned on a regular basis, your reptile may start suffering from health issues. If you are wondering how to clean reptile carpet to preserve the health of your pet, read on as we have provided detailed instructions on the matter.
How to Clean Your Reptile Carpet – Instructions
1. Transfer Your Reptile
Before you can clean the carpet, you need to transfer your reptile to another safe area. Never clean the carpet with your reptile in it as the cleaning products can be harmful to it.
2. Prepare the Cleaning Area
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Cut a garbage bag open and place it on the floor. This is where you will dispose of all the waste materials and food from the reptile carpet. Take a bucket and fill it with one gallon of hot water. Add 1 tablespoon of mild detergent – like Caldrea Sea Salt Neroli Laundry Detergent – to the hot water to prepare a cleaning solution. Wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself against viruses and bacteria.
3. Clean the Carpet
Put the reptile carpet in the bucket of detergent solution and soak it for at least 20 minutes. Take out the carpet from the bucket and squeeze out the water into the bucket. After that, lay the reptile carpet on the garbage bag and start scrubbing it in a circular motion using a soft-bristled brush. Clean one side of the carpet and then dump it in the water again and do the same on the other side.
4. Rinse the Carpet
Flush the dirty water and then clean the bucket using hot water. Put the reptile carpet in the bucket again and rinse it with hot water. Keep rinsing the carpet until all the soap residues are completely removed.
5. Disinfect the Carpet
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Apply a disinfectant – like Triple Two: Cleaner Disinfectant Deodorizer or NonScents Carpet Odor Eliminator – to the entire carpet to kill viruses and bacteria that soap can’t remove. Follow the instructions on the label of the disinfectant for proper application. After that, rinse the carpet again to remove all traces of the disinfectant so that the carpet is safe for your reptile.
6. Dry the Carpet
Allow the carpet to air-dry for 24 hours. When completely dry, put it back under your reptile friend.
How to Clean Reptile Cage Carpet – FAQs
Q.1) How often to clean reptile carpet?
You should clean food and fresh waste materials from the reptile carpet every day. Make sure to wear gloves and a mask before you start cleaning the carpet. Pull uneaten food and solid feces from the carpet using paper towels and soak up fresh urine spots. Dispose of the waste materials in a garbage bag, seal it tightly and throw it away in a trash can outside your home.
Q.2) How to clean zoo med reptile carpet?
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Zoo Med Reptile Cage Carpet is a popular reptile carpet. It can be cleaned in the same manner as any other reptile carpet.
Prepare the cleaning area and fill a bucket with hot water and add detergent in it. Cut a garbage bag open and place it on the floor. Put the Zoo Med Reptile Carpet in the detergent solution and allow it to soak for at least 20 minutes. Then take the carpet out and lay it on the garbage bag. Scrub it in a circular motion from one side with the help of a soft-bristled brush. Once you are done, repeat the process for the other side. Flush the dirty water from the bucket and clean it with hot water.
Put your carpet in the bucket and rinse with hot water. Keep rinsing until all the soap residues are removed. Now apply disinfectant to the carpet and rinse again. Allow it to air-dry for 24 hours. The carpet is now clean, and you can place it under your reptile.
Q.3) How to clean eco carpet reptile?
Eco carpet reptile is made from environment-friendly materials. If you have this type of carpet at your home, don’t worry as cleaning it is as easy as cleaning a regular reptile carpet. Just follow the instructions we have discussed above, and you will be able to keep your eco carpet reptile in good shape.
Well, hopefully, the instructions on how to clean a reptile carpet were helpful to you. If you do everything listed above, you should be able to achieve good results and keep your carpet clean. Your reptile pet would thank you for keeping its habitat cleaning. On the other hand, if you ignore cleaning the carpet, your reptile may suffer from health problems. If you truly care about your pet, clean its carpet on a regular basis. We have answered some common questions on how to clean reptile carpet. But, if you have any other inquiries or if something is unclear, feel free to reach out to us. We will be more than happy to help you out with your cleaning needs.