Welcome to an update on how to properly clean and maintain your piggies favorite upgrade. We get asked very often about how to was your guinea pig fleece liner.
Whether you are a new GuineaDad Liner user or want to learn tips on a better maintenance routine, we suggest reading this guide to learn the guinea pig cage cleaning hacks! Proper cleaning ensures you (and your piggies!) will enjoy your liner for many years to come.
Don't feel like reading? Scroll to the bottom for the link to both YouTube videos!
First, we are going to go over the very brief spot-cleaning method! It typically only takes a few minutes a day, but of course is very important!
Step #1: Start by taking out all the toys and tunnels you have in your habitat. We do not want to miss any little "pebbles"!
Step #2: Make sure to shake out all the little pebbles from the pocket! There will be a lot- they love it in there!
Option #1: You can clean by using a brush and dustpan. Be sure not to miss any hairs as well!
Option #2: Take your liners and empty them all onto one-liner. Then, fold up the liner with all of the mess, take it outside and shake it all out there! Make sure to flip the pockets to ensure you get everything out.
For those of you who do not have a backyard, try to hold the liner above the garbage can and slide down all the debris. Either tap the liner with your hand or use the brush to clean thoroughly.
Step #3: Put all the tunnels and toys back into your cage! That's it!
Our second cleaning method is about general cleaning that covers the basics. Things like only using free and clear detergents and recommended settings. Here are some helpful tips!
Tip #1: When washing your liner, flip the pocket inside out. This allows the machine to wash the dirtiest part- the burrowing pocket!
Tip #2: Fold your liner in half so that the waterproof blue part is on the inside. If you flip it the other way, the water will not be able to get through!
Settings: Always use cold water, medium spin, and heavy soil level. If available, use the extra spin and extra rinse options. We also use the "bedding" option on your washer; it helps to get all the urine out of your liner- ew!
Do not fill either the detergent compartments to MAX. You will only need to fill it about half way! We also recommend using 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar. This acts as a natural fabric softener and will not damage your liner.
Dryer Settings: We recommend controlling everything you can. Always have the drying temperature to low or extra low. Never use medium or high temperatures; they can damage the fleece and even make it shrink! We like to time dry for 45 minutes to 1 hour and then either lay it over a chair inside or line dry for the rest of the way. This increases the longevity of the liner!
For the entirety of the tips and tricks or to watch these processes in action, check out our Youtube videos!