Dog Kennel Aftercare guide
An easy guide to help keep your Robinson Garden Dog Kennel looking in it’s finest condition all year round.
Cleaning guidance for your Dog Kennel / Dog House
Give your bespoke Dog Kennel a good wash as regularly as possible to get rid of lichens, leaves, soil and bird droppings. This is especially beneficial if your Dog Kennel has been sitting beneath a tree.
When cleaning, use a cloth with lukewarm soapy water and lightly wipe the Dog Kennel and then wipe dry. Do not use a hosepipe or jet washer as this can damage the product.
Positioning your Dog Kennel / Dog House
Do not place your Dog Kennel directly on to a surface that is covered in mould or likely to gather water as this can affect the Dog Kennels legs causing the mould and mildew to peel off the paint and then affect the wood which will encourage rotting.
In order to prevent this, we would advise placing lead platforms underneath each of the legs, this will prevent the dog kennel sitting in water.
The Autumn clean
Although it’s tempting to leave cleaning the Dog Kennel until the Spring. It is much better for the timber to do this in the Autumn. Dirt holds moisture far longer than something that is clean and it’s the moisture that brings on the decay.
By cleaning it you will also be getting it in a state where it can dry out from time to time on a sunny day, even in winter. If you are putting it under cover, then removing the dirt will also mean that it does not dry hard onto the furniture.
General / Annual Maintenance of your Dog Kennel
Annual maintenance is best carried out in the Autumn. Clean your Dog Kennel making sure it is still the best place for it to be positioned. It may be likely that your Dog Kennel will need annual paint to keep ensure its elegant nature. We advise you do this over several dry days.
Sand down any areas that are rough and then dust down with a dry cloth. We then advise you to apply one coat of Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell undercoat where your sanding has reached the wood. Leave it to dry for roughly two/three hours, ensuring you use the correct Farrow and Ball undercoat colour.
Once you have done this you can then start applying the Farrow & Ball colour of your choice applying at least two coats with two / three hours between coats.
If your Dog Kennel has a slate roof, apply slate oil or teak oil to the roof using a clean paintbrush. When you apply the oil avoid using too much, the oil keeps the slate looking shiny.
It is essential that regular maintenance is carried out from time to time to ensure that the dog kennel is in top condition. If this is not done then the kennel will deteriorate and can cause long-term damage which may be irreversible.
Robinson Garden cannot be held responsible for this and it is the duty of the owner to ensure this work is done as and when required
Protecting your Dog Kennel / Dog House
Don’t allow wooden furniture to sit in a puddle, or very wet grass, all the time. It’s best to place a flat stone, pebble, slate or lead platforms under the legs so that it can drain and dry out from time to time.
We also highly recommend not to place the dog house on grass, it is best placed when standing on hard concrete/slabs or gravel as this allows water to run off and be easily absorbed during sunny times.
Steps for removing grime, mildew, water, leaves and droppings from your wooden Dog Kennel
It is essential that you keep your Dog Kennel as clean as reasonably possible. As a natural product, the exterior environment can affect the longevity.
First of all, fill one of your buckets with water and then add washing up liquid. Fill the second bucket with clear water. Take the soft cloth and moisten it in the washing up liquid solution. Then wring the cloth out so that it is barely moist.
Mildew is a type of mould that can grow and flourish in an environment where oxygen, moisture and organic material can combine to cause a reaction. If it grows upon your kennel it will appear green in appearance and will ruin its aesthetic. The good news is that most mould and mildew can be removed via a few simple cleaning-based steps.
Use the barely moist cloth to scrub the areas of your dog house affected by mildew. For the best results, concentrate on each problem area at a time. Once you are pleased that the problem area has been sufficiently cleaned, take another clean cloth and rinse with clean water. Then take a third clean cloth to dry the problem section.
NEVER use a power washer or hose pipe directly onto the dog kennel / dog house.
- Ensure you use genuine Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell paint
- If the paint has peeled to the wood, rub down with soft sandpaper
- Wipe off the dust with a dry cloth and apply Farrow & Ball exterior undercoat
- Once dried, apply Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell paint
Repainting your Dog Kennel / Dog house
If you decide to repaint your Dog house, ensure that any paint that has flaked off has been sanded down and wipe clean before apply undercoat. Use Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell to repaint your kennel following the Farrow & Ball painting instructions.
Ensure that water is running off the roof onto the floor.
If the water is collecting underneath the slate tile, fill gaps with a clear setting exterior use silicone to prevent the water getting in between the roof and the tiles which can cause long-term damage if not attended to.
Apply slate oil/teak oil onto the slate roof using a small pot and clean, dry paintbrush
Lightly coat the roof during a dry day, the slate oil will protect the roof and provide a shine effect. Take care not to hurt yourself or damage the slate roof.
A final important note
Please note that Robinson Garden cannot be held responsible for on-going maintenance of your bespoke made to order dog kennel / dog house. If ongoing maintenance isn’t done this will heavily affect the lifespan and aesthetics of the kennel.
Follow the Dog Kennel aftercare guide above to ensure that your Kennel is maintained correctly.
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