Judy asked: How do I clean bird poop and urine from the carpet? We have cockatiels that have left a mess on our carpet.
When your feathered friends leaves a mess around the house, use this solution to rid the carpet of those nasty stains.
You Will Need:
- Hand-washing dish detergent
- White vinegar
- Paper towels
- Bucket or spray bottle
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Eye dropper
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- Begin by mixing two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of soap and one tablespoon vinegar in a bowl, bucket or spray bottle.
- Spray the affected area with the solution or blot it on with a paper towel.
- Blot with a clean paper towel. You will begin to see the stain transfer from the carpet to the paper towel.
- Turn the paper towel as needed to keep a clean work surface.
- Continue applying the solution and blotting until the stain is removed or no more transfers to the cloth.
- If some stain remains, carefully apply some hydrogen peroxide to the stain only with an eye dropper. Use caution as this can bleach some carpets. If you are unsure, test a hidden area first.
- Follow the peroxide with a few drops of ammonia.
- Blot the stain with a paper towel moistened with cold water.
- Continue to blot until the stain is removed, along with the peroxide and ammonia.
- Blot the area with a dry paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
- Allow the area to air dry completely.
- Wash your hands to ensure proper hygene is maintained.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the bird has eaten berries, treat the poop stains the same you would as berry stains.
- Poop-Off Bird Poop Remover is a commercial cleaning product that is available in several forms (spray, wipes, pump). It is safe to use on any washable surface. Test a small area first to ensure there are no unwanted effects to the carpet color or texture.
- It is a good idea to clean the area with a disinfectant and/or fungicide after the poop itself and stain is removed. One site user (Thanks!) cautions that bird poop can cause severe illness in compromised individuals.