A few tips:
Wash your fleece in hot water and detergent and dry at least 3 times before using to prep. Wash towels at least once.
You must have, at minimum, an appropriately sized cage as recommended at www.guineapigcages.com for fleece to work.
Feel free to ask any questions you have!
- Supporter in '07
I wash in tide with bleach (dry formula) and throw in a capful of liquid bleach for colors and l aways do a double rinse. No smell, no stains, no fading of colors.
I have a weird setup since the two girls I have don't get along--they have a 2 x 5 lower cage that is divided equally. Each side has a ramp to a 3 grid L-shaped loft. So we have several pieces of towels and fleece to cover the individual areas and shapes. Weird, but it works for us and the pigs seem happy.
Normally I will change every 5 days and sweep poops daily. I also have extra pads under their houses which I change daily too - I made these from a toddler bed protector, its the same idea as fleece and towels, it has a layer to wick, a layer to absorb and a layer to keep the childs mattress dry. Having these extra squares that are easy to change works really well for me as otherwise I was having to change the whole cage every three days because of the areas under the houses which were the most peed on. Now I can go a couple of extra days without worrying that they are sleeping on dirty bedding.
I used to have lighter hidey houses, but they took a battering everyday as the pigs fought over the interior decoration, so now I have nice sturdy (and heavier!) wood houses and those bendy log things. They tried hard to move those at first but have realised now that they don't move easily.
- one pig at a time.
There is no way my cages would last a week without getting stripped, never mind a month. They would smell to high heaven, and really I think mold and such would take place from the moisture.
I may have to try the dustbuster again. Maybe they'll get use to the sound. I like that it picks up the stray poops in odd places that are hard to sweep up.
That's the only thing I don't like about using fleece. Otherwise I prefer it.
- one pig at a time.
I like the vaccum because I feel it cleans up better and faster. I also like how it removes a lot of the hair from the fleece making life for my washing machine and dryer a bit easier. If I were to dust broom my cage I would be there forever!
Seems to work well--no urine on the floor. I found it in a local drug store. Try any aisle where they sell summer stuff. About $10. You can put it in the washing machine, but don't put it in the dryer.
Btw, are there any differences between the "no pilling" type polyester fleece and the normal polyester fleece? Do they seem to have similar absorbency or wetness wicking properties?