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Pet Safety

How to Clean a Dakota 283 Kennel

Sometimes it’s not as easy as spraying out your Dakota 283 kennel – use these tips to get a deeper clean when necessary

Our kennels are known for being incredibly easy to clean – just stand it up and spray out! – but sometimes you need to put a little extra effort into cleaning big accidents or when it begins to smell pretty bad. 

Noting that, you don’t want to clean your kennel with highly-abrasive materials or caustic liquids. So what do you do? 

Materials needed to safely clean a dog kennel 

There are two different DIY solutions we recommend you use to clean big accidents or to routinely get the smell out of your kennel. 

The first is dish detergent and water. We recommend mixing 1 tablespoon of detergent per 1 cup of water, mix it in a spray bottle, and go to work. The second combination is diluted white vinegar and water. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. 

While bleach and water is OK to use, we like to keep cleaning solutions free of chemicals. Another great mixture to use once you’re done to cut down on bad odor is lemon juice and water. Mix together the juice of one lemon and per 1 cup of water and you’re ready to go. 

How to clean a kennel

With your mixture together in a spray bottle, begin removing everything from the kennel. Many owners will put a bed mat in their kennel, and will often leave their dog’s favorite blanket or other belonging in there for comfort – whatever it be, get it out of there. 

Once you’ve cleared the kennel, determine how deep the clean needs to be. If it’s just a routine clean, begin spraying down the interior with your mixture. Once thoroughly sprayed, use a washcloth to scrub the plastic walls, floor, and ceiling. Once you’ve cleaned the interior, stand it up with the back of the kennel on the ground and spray it out with a hose. All of the water will drain out of the drainage hole we drill into the back of each kennel. Let it dry, and you’re set! 

If your dog had a major accident, we suggest spraying out the kennel with a hose first. Then, follow the steps above, ending with another round with the hose. Let it dry and then put it back where you want it. 

Consider adding Dakota Guard™ to your purchase

When purchasing your Dakota 283 kennel, consider adding Dakota Guard™ to your order. 

Dakota Guard™ is an FDA and EPA-approved additive that is included in small quantities during a product’s production. This results in Dakota 283 products that protect your pet’s health and safety from the invisible world. Further, it’s proven highly effective against MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, staphylococcus, many ‘gram-positive’ and ‘gram-negative’ organisms, and dozens of common dangerous organisms.

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