Get “beak” performance from your patio setup with these cleaning tips
When you first lay eyes on those cutesy birds that chirp outside your house every morning, you probably feel lucky to be surrounded by the serene sounds of nature. But when you lay eyes on the “presents” those birds leave around your property, you might think differently. Use these 10 tips when dealing with bird droppings on outdoor furniture.
1. Act Quickly When You Notice Bird Poop Stains
Although it’s not anyone’s favorite task, removing bird poop stains as quickly as possible is essential. The longer you wait, the more likely they get even more stuck on your furniture.
2. Brush Away the Dropping
The most straightforward technique for removing bird poop stains on your outdoor furniture is to brush the area. Use a hard-bristled brush to sweep the stain away while not rubbing or spreading the stain. An old toothbrush also works if you don’t have a bristled brush. When you’re done, use a hose to rinse the furniture.
3. Loosen Stains With Club Soda
If it looks like the stain is stuck pretty well on your furniture, it’s a good idea to loosen it up. Luckily, you can find this common household ingredient in your pantry: seltzer.
Pour seltzer or club soda over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before removing the liquid with a scrub brush or plastic scraper.
Note: When working on wood furniture, ensure the liquid doesn’t sit for a long time since this can damage the wood. If you suspect your wooden furniture, like your deck chairs, has warped, contact a furniture repair pro near you who’ll help determine the next steps to remedy the situation.
4. Utilize a Knife
If you see excess wet or dry poop around the stain, scrape it off using a dull or plastic knife. If you don’t have one handy, you can also use an old credit card.
Note: Make sure you don’t scrape the bird dropping, as this will only make the stain larger. In addition, use a plastic knife if you’re worried about scratching your furniture.
5. Apply Some Dish Soap
Another simple way to remove bird poop stains from your outdoor furniture is with a mixture of dish soap and water. To do so, combine 1 tablespoon of dish soap with 2 cups of water. You can use a spray bottle to apply the mixture or simply pour it onto the area.
Next, use a clean cloth or paper towel to sponge the stain. Finally, blot the stain until it’s absorbed.
6. Try a Baking Soda Solution
One of the most versatile homemade cleaning solutions is baking soda. This is another home ingredient that may come in handy when dealing with bird poop stains. Sprinkle some onto the stain, wait a few minutes, and then blot the area with a cloth.
7. Use Hydrogen Peroxide
For removing persistent bird poop stains, hydrogen peroxide might do the trick. Using an eyedropper, apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the area. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse the area with water.
8. Apply Oxygen-Based Bleach
For the most stubborn stains, it’s time to use bleach. Create a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cool water (using the instructions on the bleach to mix a suitable ratio).
You can use an eyedropper or apply the solution directly with a clean sponge. Let the stain and bleach solution sit for at least half an hour, and then blot until the stain is gone.
9. Try White Vinegar
Yet another home remedy for removing bird poop stains: white vinegar. White vinegar can clean almost anything—and you can use it to remove bird poop stains.
All you need to do is combine equal parts white vinegar and water, and apply the mixture to the area via a spray bottle or cloth. Let the stain soak for a few minutes, and then blot with thr cloth.
10. Hire a Cleaning Pro
If you’re still having trouble, get in touch with a local house cleaning pro who can scrub your furniture as well as clean the rest of your house so you can rest easy knowing your space is spotless for your next Fourth of July barbecue.