Cleaning a Bird Cage: Do handheld steamers work?

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After we successfully cleaned the dog bed with the steam cleaner, my wife had an idea, she wanted to try it out on the birdcage. Cleaning your bird’s cage can be a hefty job even for the most experienced bird owner.

A steam cleaner can be a great way to clean a bird cage that’s easy, cheap, and effective. A steam cleaner can also be used to clean and disinfect perches, toys, and bird bowls as well. 

With the right steam cleaner and a few tips, you can clean your bird’s cage without harsh chemicals that irritate you and your winged friend but still get the job done.

In this article, we’re going to explore the idea of using steam to clean your bird’s cage and how to do it the most effectively.

Can a handheld steam cleaner be used on a bird cage?

As birds get larger, the space you need to clean grows as well. Even small birds require large cages with toys and bowls that can all be time-consuming and difficult to clean. 

Some chemical and industrial cleaning solutions for bird cages can be headache-inducing and pungent which can affect you and your bird’s sensitive senses as well. 

A handheld steam cleaner can be an excellent way to clean a bird cage. The high heat of the steam will kill bacteria and viruses, and the steam will also penetrate into nooks and crannies to break up dirt and grime.

When using a steam cleaner on a bird cage, you can use a soft brush attachment to avoid damaging the cage. Start by cleaning the bottom of the cage, then work your way up. Be sure to let the cage dry completely before adding fresh bedding or food.

With regular cleaning, a handheld steam cleaner can help to keep your bird cage clean and safe for your feathered friend.

Picture of a steam cleaner and bird cage.

One thing to be aware of when looking for a steam cleaner for a birdcage is that there are two products that are sold with the name steam cleaner.

One is actually a carpet cleaner, and the other, the one you want, is a steam cleaner that uses water and a pressurized nozzle to soften and blow away dirt particles in a birdcage. 

Though a steam cleaner is a great way to make cleaning your birdcage easier, it is not a be-all-end-all product.

You will still need to deep clean your bird’s cage regularly by disassembling it and scrubbing the cage. However, a steam cleaner can help you to keep your bird’s cage cleaner between deep cleaning.  

How to use a steam cleaner for a bird cage

You can find blogs that describe step by step how to use a steam cleaner on your birdcage, but finding the right rhythm that works for you will take some trial and error. 

Steam cleaners take some time for the water in the tank to reach a proper temperature so while the cleaner is heating up, you can use that time to prepare the birds and their cages for cleaning.  

Depending on what your birds are used to, you can let them out of their cages or move them into smaller cages used for transportation and to hold them during cleanings.  

We recommend the latter, as some birds might try to get too close to you while steaming and get burned or upset by the steam.  

Once the water is hot enough, you can take it to the cage in an order that makes sense for your system. Some steam cleaners come with different nozzles and brushes that you can use for different areas of your cage.

Best steam cleaners for bird cages

When it comes to cleaning a bird cage, a steam cleaner can be a powerful tool. The high temperature of the steam can kill bacteria and viruses, making it an ideal way to clean cages.

Steam cleaners can also be used to remove stubborn dirt and grime from cage walls and floors. However, not all steam cleaners are created equal. Some models are too small to be effective, while others produce too much steam, which can damage your cage.

As a result, it is important to choose a steam cleaner that is up to the task. The following models are some of the best on the market:

There are many different options for buying a handheld steam cleaner for your birdcage. A few things to keep in mind is that for larger birds with larger cages, you will likely want a cleaner that can hold more water in its tank.  

For smaller birds with smaller cages, you won’t need as much water for each cleaning so you can look for cleaners with smaller tanks.  

If you’re looking for a cleaner with a lot of brush options, the Bissell featured above can be a good option for you. 


Steam cleaners are a great option for cage cleaning as they can get into small tight areas of your birdcage that are difficult to reach otherwise. The steam is also great for sanitizing your bird’s cage which can help get rid of bacteria, fleas, and mites.  

Here are some bird cage cleaning tips and hacks from YouTube.


How often should you clean a birdcage?

The frequency of cleaning will depend on the size of the cage and the number of birds, but as a general rule, it’s a good idea to give the cage a thorough cleaning once a week.

What is the best thing to put on the bottom of a bird cage?

There are a number of options you can use to line the bottom of a birdcage. The most popular are newspapers because it is absorbent and inexpensive. But the best thing is wax paper cut to size.

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