Cleaning your birdcage
If you own a bird you will need to clean out it's cage thoroughly at least once a week. This not only means the actual birdcage but the ladders, swings,and any other accessories you have put in the cage. This job should be done by someone that is not allergic to them, however if this is not possible, make sure to wear gloves and a protective mask to avoid at all cost breathing in the bird's feather dust. Start out by first placing your bird or birds inside a traveling cage while you clean.
You will need to do a more through cleaning of the birdcage once a month. Do this by using a brush and scrub everything in hot soapy water. It's also recommended to soak everything in chlorine bleach. After doing this make sure to rinse and dry everything thoroughly before placing the bird back in. If the bird's perch is made of wood make sure it dries thoroughly before placing it back in. The problem with wooden perches is that they take awhile to dry so it is better to have a couple in order to avoid mold from forming on them. Damp perches can also cause your birds feet to get irritated.
Make sure when cleaning your birdcage to use a damp sponge or rag to wipe off any of the feather dust on the bars and regularly mop the floor to clean up the dust and powder to keep it from circulating around the air. Avoid dry dusting because this will only cause the allergens to spread into the air, also avoid using brooms because they are completely ineffective. Another way to avoid dust and bird droppings from accumulating is to change the papers on the birdcage every day. Mold very rapidly accumulates on paper especially once it becomes wet or damp and this will cause mold. You could also vacuum around the birdcage (although it's recommended to have someone that is not allergic to do this job).
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