Chris said, “How to remove dried bird poop from outdoor wooden furniture that has been oiled?”
If you’ve ever tried to remove the bird droppings from your windshield with your wipers, you know that bird poop is very difficult to remove even from a smooth surface like glass. However, there are some products that can help you remove the poop from your patio furniture, deck or even wood perches in bird cages when needed. Use the information below.
You Will Need:
- A plastic scraper
- A remover:
- Baking soda
- Poop-Off Bird Poop Remover
- Plain white toothpaste
- White vinegar
- A spray bottle
- A scrub brush
Steps to Remove the Poop:
- If the droppings are hard, start by scraping off as much as possible with a plastic scraper. Be careful not to scratch the wood.
- Seltzer or club soda can be poured over the area to help to loosen the droppings. (Don’t let the water sit on the area for a long time though as it can cause the wood to crack or warp.) Scrub off the droppings after a couple minutes using a scrub brush or plastic scraper. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle some baking soda over the area before pouring on the seltzer or sprinkle it onto the scrub brush.
- If you have a large area of bird poop to clean or if you will need to remove the poop regularly, it may be worthwhile to invest in a commercial product. Poop-Off Bird Poop Remover can be used on wood and is safe for pets. Follow the instructions on the label.
- For a quick home remedy, toothpaste can work. Don’t use a gel toothpaste or one that contains any dyes as the dyes could stain the wood. Only use plain white toothpaste. Apply the toothpaste on a bristle brush (even an old toothbrush can work), wet it slightly, then scrub off the bird poop.
- Another home remedy that can work, especially if you have a large area to clean, is white vinegar. Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water, then spray the mixture thoroughly over the area. Let it soak for a couple minutes, then scrub off the poop. Again, don’t allow the wood to soak for long as moisture can cause it to warp or crack.
- A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can be helpful for removing bird poop from some surfaces, but be sure to test it first if you want to try it on wood as it could remove the finish.
- If the wood is not finished or if you plan to refinish it, some sandpaper can be used to scrub off the bird poop.
- If the surface is somewhere that will regularly be used by birds, consider applying Cage & Toy Shield or even oiling it with a cooking oil that is safe for birds so it will be easier to clean in the future.
- Always remove bird poop as soon as possible from a surface. The longer it is allowed to sit, the more damage it can cause, including eating away paint or finishes on wood.
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