Guys, he is talking about sanitizing to treat a PARASITE. I think that the bacteria is not so much of an issue. Treating for a parasite is much different than just using a steam cleaner to clean.
It is funny, because I have been working on a post about this on TSS for a week or so. I'll just copy and paste it here.
Here is what *I* do.
I move the gliders to a smaller cage. They will survive a few weeks in a smaller cage and it cuts down the chances that I am transferring something around the house.
I also put that cage in a room in my home that does not have carpet. Usually, I keep gliders with a parasite in a smaller travel size cage in the bathroom.
I also remove ALL fabric items from the cage except the pouch they are in. Only plastic items otherwise. I keep two sets of toys
for the gliders during this time and use them every other day.
Each day, I fill the steam cleaner (I have a wagner) and turn it on. I fill a stock pot with water and put it on to boil.
I bring with me the clean toys
, a clean pouch and two empty plastic bags to do my cleaning.
I put a button down shirt over my clothes and I use those slip on shoe covers from the hospital. But, you can also use a pair of slippers or shoes that you just keep in that room.
I then remove everything from the cage (including the gliders in their pouch). I put the glider's pouch in a day tripper and then I move the small cage into the bathtub. I put everything else into a plastic bag (except the wheel, which I leave in the cage). I spray the cage down with a strong bleach solution (usually like 25% - 50% bleach) and let it sit. I also spray down the wheel. After letting them sit for about 5 minutes, I return to the cage and rinse it with hot water from the shower. Then I run over the entire cage (ESP. the bottom grate) and wheel with my steam cleaner.
I wipe them down with a towel and throw the towel in the washing machine (which is in the bathroom). Otherwise, I would put the towel in a plastic bag for carrying to the washing machine.
I then transfer the gliders to the clean pouch and put the dirty pouch in the plastic bag with the toys
. I put their clean pouch and their second set of toys
in the cage and then repeat this cleaning process with the day tripper real quick.
I am now finished with their cage.
Then I remove the button down shirt and shoe covers. Shoe covers go in the garbage and shirt goes in the wash with the towel. Then I run the steam cleaner over the floor.I then take the plastic bag with all the toys
in it to the kitchen. I put the toys
& pouch in boiling water to sterilize them and then lay them on a towel to dry so they can be used tomorrow.
I start the washing machine and when it is full of hot water, I add 1/4 - 1/2 cup bleach and run the cycle. I put the pouch, the shirt and the towel in the dryer to dry and lay them out for use the next day.
like a lot of work, but it really isn't. It does not take that long to clean a smaller cage. Usually, the ones I use during this time are 18X18X36 inches.
Sometime during this time, I also clean their regular living cage by spraying it with a strong bleach solution and letting it sit then steam cleaning it twice.
Using this method, I have never had a glider or group of rescues test positive for a parasite when they return for the follow up testing. I have never worried about how hot the steam gets. It has proven to be sufficient to do the job thus far.