What’s the best cage wash detergent for your vivarium cage wash program?
What’s the best cage wash detergent for your vivarium cage wash program? Well, while that depends a lot on the specifics of your cage wash program, there are a few things to always look out for when choosing a cage wash detergent.
Your pH needs:
The first thing to keep in mind is always going to be your pH needs. Choosing an alkaline cage wash detergent or an acid cage wash detergent will depend mostly on what kind of soils you’re dealing with more. If you’re mostly concerned about inorganic soils such as mineral build up and urine scale, you’ll definitely want to go with an acid detergent specifically formulated for vivariums—like one of the products in our Acidulate line.
If you have specific needs with organic soils like large animal feces and oily build-up, an alkaline detergent may work better for you. Regardless of your soil type, our biosafety account managers can help walk you through the pH you’ll need to power through your soils and get your caging clean.
While the necessary pH of your detergent will play a big role in your decision, but the biggest factor is actually which species you have in your lab.
While many cage wash suppliers try to provide a one-size-fits-all roadmap to choosing cage wash detergents, at Quip Labs, we’ve found that the species of animal that you’re dealing with is the single most important factor in choosing a cage wash detergent.
The types of soils that you deal with, the amount of soils, and the pH balances are different between rodents, dogs and large animals, so it’s important to understand how those factors come into play when choosing a vivarium or cage wash detergent. For customers of our MaestroChem Services, our Biosafety Account Managers will examine your specific needs including factors like the quantity and species of animals that you’re dealing with, and steam, water usage and energy requirements. They will make recommendations based off your actual needs, not just a one-size-fits-all-solution. Not only does this mean that your caging gets cleaner with less chemical, but it can also save enormous amounts on water and energy usage (for example, going from three wash cycles to a single cycle controlled by automatic dosing with our MaestroChem controllers).
The provider’s details:
Finally, when choosing a cage wash detergent, it’s important to consider the actual provider that you’ll be working with. You’ll want to make sure they are regularly audited for quality, safety, and good manufacturing practices. Reordering should be simple (and automatic reordering can make things even simpler.) You’ll want to be sure you understand all shipping costs, and how much support you’ll receive on-site, as well as how the chemical dosing will be monitored remotely.
So what do we recommend?
As you probably guessed, the answer here is that you shouldn’t take a recommendation from a company before they’ve had a chance to explore your actual pH, species, and energy requirements. At Quip Labs, we have over four decades of providing hands-on, species-specific, cage wash detergents and services that can reduce your costs and provide better results.
When you’re ready to get started, you can reach out to us by filling out our Contact Form, or by calling 1 (800) 424-2436.