Here are our Top 10 reminders for Spring Cleaning:
1)Wash those walls! Winter is the perfect time to collect dust and cobwebs in every single nook and cranny! You may have grown accustomed to looking at your barn the way it is, but a good washing will be sure to lift your spirits and brighten up your workspace.
2)Deep clean those stalls! While the horses are out enjoying a nice Spring day, take the opportunity to strip their stalls completely. Scrub the stalls with warm soapy water, and let them dry. Follow up with a good disinfectant. We recommend our non-toxic Agrisyn. This is also a great time to inspect your stalls for damage and hazards.
3)Clean buckets! Perhaps winter has had you preoccupied with keeping ice from forming in your horse’s water supply, and cleaning has not been as much of a priority. Now is the time to take down all buckets and scrub them out…again disinfecting with a product like Agrisyn.
4)Clean brushes! Give your brushes and grooming tools a good clean. Check them over…and if they are damaged don’t be afraid to just let them go! Freshen up your supplies and make sure that all groom boxes are fully stocked.
5)Clean horses! The dreaded shed…But isn’t it so much better when it is over!? Take your horses outside and groom them regularly. If brushing indoors, be vigilant about collecting hair and disposing of it to keep your barn in tip top shape!
6)Clean tack! Use this opportunity to deep clean your leather. Inspect for any damage and repair as necessary. Never underestimate the importance of conditioning after cleaning, as well as establishing a regular routine for caring for your leather.
7)Spruce up the outdoors! Wash the outside of your barn and roof, as necessary. Also, tend to your landscaping and flowers. Your barn should have as much curb appeal as your home!
8)Prepare your fly system! Test your system to verify it is working properly. Repair any damaged parts and place your first Shoo-fly Insecticide order.
9)Inspect fencing! Inspect your outdoor fencing and repair any damage that may have occurred throughout the winter. Consider a fresh coat of paint to help maintain the fence and add to your curb appeal.
10)Bye-bye blankets! Say good-bye to those winter blankets with a good laundering. Seal them in an individual large plastic bag, to keep dirt and moisture out, so they will be ready when needed again in the fall.
Since 1979, professional horsemen have trusted Shoo-fly insecticides and automatic insect control systems to keep their barns and stables clean and pest-free. Many of our systems have been in continuous operation for decades and are still going strong.