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Waking up with the sound of nature around you is a treat compared to waking up with the hustle and bustle of the city, well that is until you find the treats left by the little birdies staining your driveway. How do you remove those bird poop stains from concrete? Well, we have compiled all tried and tested techniques guaranteed to get rid of those unwanted droppings before they cause damage to your pavement.
To rid yourself of bird poop stains on concrete, all you have to do is hose the stains with water, pour over your dishwashing liquid, let it stay for a few minutes before giving it a good brushing -but don't rinse! Cover the stained spots with the sawdust, let the sawdust absorb everything for a couple of minutes before sweeping the area clean.
Now that we know a general idea, let's break it down and take a closer look at how to do it below. We have also included information on non-toxic, homemade cleaners, cleaning other poop-prone areas and tips and tricks to stop your feathered friends from dropping by.
Cleaning Bird Poop Off Concrete
What You'll Need:
These are just a couple of things that you need to have ready when tackling those stains:
- Dishwashing liquid
- Power hose (regular hose will do just make sure water pressure is good)
- Hard-bristled brush
- Hydrogen peroxide
Also, keep in mind that bird poop carries diseases, so for safety purposes always remember to wear rubber gloves and masks when cleaning.
What You'll Be Doing
You've had the bird's eye view of the steps from the top, so here are they are in closer detail.
- Hosing the poop stains down. Bird poop is made up of the usual bird's diet of berries, nuts, and seeds, these are highly acidic and if left to dry over time can cause damage to your sidewalk. So hosing down the stains will remove any hardened debris that may be clinging to the top.
- The second step will be to pour some dishwashing liquid onto the stain. Let it sit for a couple of minutes then brush away with your hard-bristled brush. This will loosen up the stain that's clinging to the surface of the concrete.
- So the next step is usually where you'd hose off the soap and the grime that you brushed off but if you don't want the dirt to get into other areas, a better alternative is to dump sawdust or cat litter on top, leave it for about 20 minutes giving it ample time to absorb everything then you can just sweep it up and dispose.
- The fourth step is an optional step that you might not do, this would depend on whether or not there's discoloration on your concrete. If there is, you just have to mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with three drops of ammonia, it'll be handy if you have a spray bottle for the solution so you can just spray it directly on the discolored area and let it sit for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes is up, cover it again with sawdust or cat litter then sweep it up.
How to Remove Bird Poop Stains From A Wooden Deck
Now, aside from your driveway, another place that is a likely target for bird droppings is your deck or patio. Removing poop stains from a recently sealed deck is easier compared to a deck that is worn out.
The first step is to get rid of the dried-up part with a putty knife or any similar equipment you might have handy then hose it off with water. The next step is to spray it with a non-toxic, bird poop cleaner, then let it sit for a couple of minutes, if it is a stubborn stain you might need to scrub it with a hard brush before washing it off.
The non-toxic cleaner is helpful on this end since it won't harm your flower bed when you hose it off your deck or patio.
How To Remove Bird Poop Stains From A Car
Another popular target for bird poop attacks is your car, so here's another quick tip that you can use in that scenario. Bird excrements are highly acidic and can damage the paint on your car, so it is for the best when you immediately get rid of it either by hosing it off or wiping it off with a soft cloth or sponge.
However, if the bird poop has dried the best thing that you can do is just spray the surface with WD-40, you can safely use it on your car without damaging the paint. Let it stay for a minute or two before washing or wiping it off.
Can I Use Vinegar to Remove Bird Poop Stains?
Yes, you can absolutely use vinegar to remove bird poop stains. It's is a very versatile solution that can be found in any home, and can be used all around the house.
To use in cleaning bird poop stains, just pour hot water onto the stained area, cover it with rock salt, baking soda (a tablespoon to start with, then just add more in the case of bigger stains), then pour 1/2-cup of vinegar, you can adjust this accordingly as well.
The mixture of baking soda and vinegar will cause a chemical reaction and you can just let it sit and marinate a bit before proceeding to scrub it with your brush. Now, this may take a bit more time and several re-applications to completely clean off the stain, but if you don't have any ammonia or peroxide handy, vinegar and baking soda are always great non-toxic alternatives.
How To Keep The Birds Away from Your Patio
As much as you'd like to appreciate the sound of nature when the birds chirp away, you might feel the need to drive them away instead of dealing with the clean-up. Here are some useful home remedies you can try:
- Shiny Objects- the light reflecting off the object discourages the birds from coming back. You can use old CDs, metallic paper, tin foil, or small mirrors and hang them on the area which the birds frequent.
- Predators- birds have a lot of natural predators like cats, owls, or larger birds, a great idea is to keep a small replica of any of these animals and put them where the birds are at. You have to remember to move them around so the birds do not get used to it and start ignoring it.
- Garden Balls-these are large, colorful balls that birds mistake for eyes so they will avoid landing on them. You can hang it up on your front porch, yard or fences.
- Bird Spikes- as the name suggests these are spikes or nails that you can hammer onto a piece of wood and place in the surrounding area.
- Homemade Repellant- there are many varieties for a homemade repellant but the most popular one that you can try includes chili peppers, vinegar, and water. What you need to do is crush the chili peppers, add water and vinegar then boil. Transfer the solution into a spray bottle then apply to the problem areas.
There is both joy and a headache to be found in living with nature, dealing with birds is one of them. Hopefully, you can find that cleaning up bird poop stains from concrete or your car isn't so bad with the tips we've given.
But if it is too much of a hassle you can always turn to deter them from hanging around instead. You can also check out our post on asphalt seal coating for additional information on keeping your driveway in good condition.