How many bags will I need for one stable?
 
Depending on the size of the stable, we would suggest 10 - 12 bags (without mats) or 6 - 8 bags (with mats) to lay the initial bed in a 12' x 12' stable.  Afterwards one/two bags a week should be a sufficient to replenish the soiled bedding removed depending on your horse and how long your horse spends inside.

How do I install a bed?

1) The stable should ideally be thoroughly cleaned

2) Make ready all equipment needed; water bucket or hose and a spreading fork

3) Place bags in rows each covering approx. 1sqft (10 to 12 bags)

4) Cut and pull back a flap in the top of each bag

5) Pour in 7 to 9 litres of water per bag (dependent on weather)

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6) Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the bedding to fluff-up (expand)

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7) When the bedding feels dry to the touch, empty and spread evenly over the desired area and build side banks if required.

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The bed depth should ideally be 75-100mm (without mats).  A well-made initial bed will ultimately result in using less bedding over time.

Please note this is a guide only as there are other ways to lay a bed.

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How do I maintain a bed?

1)  Before mucking out, place one bag in the stall corner
2)  Cut open
3)  Add water (6 to
8 litres dependent on weather)
4)  Muck out as per normal
5)  Empty bag and distribute as required

Ideally the bedding should be left undisturbed as far as possible for optimum control of wet and odour.  Remove solids on a daily basis by shaking the fork and letting the dry pellets fall back onto the bedding surface.  Try to avoid mixing the bedding too much.  Carefully take out saturated patches without removing any dry pellets to avoid waste.  Level the bed and add bedding if required.  Time to clean out one stable 10 - 15 minutes.


Note:

The amount of water added to a bag can be dependent on the weather, where a colder winter climate requires less water.  To top up an existing bed, and especially in wet/damp weather, you can mix some dry pellets into the bed to boost the absorbent capacity.  In the dry summer period, add water in the usual way.  Dirty or wet horses may require more bedding, which can be added dry.  You can decide where to place the new bedding within the stable depending on where the horse prefers to 'go'.  A complete clean out of stable may only be required every two to three months.

It will offer you reduced stable management in terms of:
  • Time taken to muck out a stable
  • Urine absorption speed
  • Extremely economical, only 1 to 2 bags per week to top-up 
  • Reduction of urine odours within the stable 
  • Vastly reduced muckheap

Does the bedding react differently during seasons?

Yes, and we recommend the following seasonal advice:

Summer Advice:

KleenBed works best when an approximate 25% moisture content is maintained.  During the winter, the bed does this itself as it takes moisture from the air through osmosis.  However, during the warm summer months when the air is a lot drier KleenBed will actually give moisture out to the air rather than take it in.  Due to this the bedding can become dry and appear dusty, so simply spray the bed with a mist nozzle from a hose or use a watering can to wet the bed when this happens.  Maintaining the correct balance of moisture in KleenBed will keep the bedding working as efficiently as the day it was put down.  Please also note that spraying/wetting KleenBed in the summer will not make the bed stay damp as moisture will be distributed evenly throughout the bed if you mix the dampened KleenBed with any drier bedding underneath.

Winter Advice:

As was mentioned in the summer advice, KleenBed will take moisture in from the damp winter air.  This is because the moisture content is higher than that of the bedding so due to osmosis the moisture will move from the areas of high concentration to low.  This is nothing to worry about and a damp bed can easily be prevented, although if ignored can lead to a damp feeling bed.  When adding new bedding during the winter, simply use less water when activating the bags (5-7 litres).  This will leave some pellets partially activated meaning that they can draw moisture from the bedding already down and stop the bedding from feeling damp.  If however, the problem persists in really damp weather, such as melting snow, you may wish to add an entire bag dry or with only a few litres of water.  If you find that you want to make up volume in the bed, then use the 7-9 litres of water as per usual.

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How do I dispose of the bedding?

Because KleenBed is so absorbent, there will be less material removed from the stable, thus reducing the area needed for muck storage.  KleenBed will breakdown rapidly to form a valuable compost.

 
 
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