When and How to Clean your Gecko's Enclosure

Gecko Cage Cleaner

When to Clean

Figuring out when to clean your gecko’s enclosure can be difficult but necessary for maintaining the gecko’s health and wellbeing. Observing the enclosure and its components should be done daily. Important things to beware of when checking the enclosure are mold or excess amounts of feces and urine. The mold may accumulate over time due to excessive watering in certain areas. The feces and urine will depend on how much the gecko is eating and drinking. If there are scarce amounts of excretions, feel free to wait. Additionally, pay attention to the sides and ceiling of the enclosure as it is easy for the gecko to trace other substances around as it moves about.

Cleaning Essentials:

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • F10 disinfectant 
  • Vinegar for water spots if need be

Step one, remove all objects and materials from within the enclosure. Dispose of any unwashable material that has mold, feces or urine on it such as paper towel or wood chips. Enclosure staples, such as cork backgrounds or trees we recommend cleaning separately with the F10 sanitizer. If mold particulates remain after washing, it would be in the customer and gecko's best interest to replace the item. 

Once the enclosure is empty you will want to rinse the tank out and then spray a sufficient amount of the F10 sanitizer onto all surfaces. A good indicator of the correct amount of sanitizer is the formation of a froth/foam. Allow the F10 to sit for 10 minutes to fully disinfect that enclosure and furnishings. Using too little of the sanitizer may cause miss spots on the enclosures. We recommend using 10 mL of the F10 per 30 ozs of H2O. 

Certain areas will be worse than others, and there will be particulates that do not disappear easily. In order to avoid this, we advocate submerging or soaking the enclosure in advance to allow those hardened substances to loosen. When scrubbing the enclosure it is important to reach all areas, as many people miss the corners. The best way to reach these hard to reach areas is going to be using the edge of the sponge.