Proper care and maintenance of your wooden dog crates will help ensure that they last for many years to come. A regular care regimen only takes minutes each week and the results are well worth the effort.

When cared for properly, wood dog crates will look and function like new even after heavy use. Each week you’ll want to perform light maintenance duties on your wooden dog crates. Dusting the crates and checking them over for structural integrity is important. If you notice a crack or a weakness, work to immediately remedy the situation before the structure is compromised.

Keep wood glue on hand as well as some wood polish to make your weekly maintenance tasks easier to manage. You should look for a wood cleaner that is designed for use with the particular finish of your dog crate. Most crates with smooth, shiny exteriors can be dusted with furniture polish.

Unfinished crates will benefit from a hearty dose of wood oil applied every other week. With time, the wood oil will penetrate the crate and help prevent the wood from breaking down.

If your dog soils the wooden crate, it’s important to clean it up immediately. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on any wet spots to absorb the moisture, then remove the caked baking soda with a vacuum or shop vac. Go back and use an enzyme based cleaner to saturate the wood and break down any urine.

If your dog vomits in the crate, baking soda on its own should be sufficient to clean the mess and a typical household cleaner like Lysol should work to sanitize the crate. Consider using a disposable puppy pad underneath your dogs bedding to prevent accidents or vomit from saturating the floor of the crate.

Some wooden dog crates come equipped with a removable lining on the bottom for such events. Another acceptable technique is to use a silicone baking sheet mat or oven liner in the base of the crate for easy cleaning. Unless the crate has been soiled by your pet, avoid using harsh chemical cleaners as they can be absorbed by the wood and later cause harm to your pet.

Warm water on its own or combined with a few drops of dish soap should be sufficient for regular cleanings of the crate interior. During your weekly cleanings, be sure to use the crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner to pick up any hair or debris in the corners of the crate. Remember to only do this when your pet is not in the crate, as that can scare them and make them afraid of their crate.

Once a month, you will want to check the tightness of the hinges on the crate and tighten them if necessary. On a bi-yearly basis it’s a good idea to oil the hinges to keep them swinging freely and easily. Use a pet-friendly oil, or a cooking oil such as olive oil to lubricate moving parts. Wipe any excess oil off and avoid contact with wooden surfaces.

Taking a few moments to care for your wood dog crates will extend their useful lives by a considerable amount. A clean crate is more attractive to your dog and will be more comfortable for him to rest in.