Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Clean Bird Droppings From a Patio

...
pigeon image by Dušan Zidar from Fotolia.com

Tip

You can try using simple household cleaners, like dish soap mixed with water or a counter spray, for an additional cleanse on the patio before using it again.

Warning

Wear protective clothing and gloves for extra protection. Always wash hands after cleaning bird droppings.

You enjoy listening to the melodious songs of the various birds in your backyard. You feed them, watch them and consider yourself lucky to have them... until their bird droppings encroach on your personal space. When your patio becomes a public restroom for birds, your cheerful feathered friends can turn into your worst enemies. Do not let disease-ridden bird droppings ruin your outdoor enjoyment. These easy steps will help you get rid of bird droppings on your patio once and for all.

Brush It Off

...
brush image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com

Pour water over the droppings. You can use a watering can, hose or spray bottle. Wetting the droppings before you remove them eliminates the disease-ridden dust that can be inhaled from dry droppings.

Wait at least 15 minutes to make sure the droppings are really saturated.

Firmly brush the droppings into a dustpan.

Put the remains of the dustpan into a heavy-duty plastic bag and tightly tie it off.

Throw the bag away in an outdoor garbage can.

Shovel It Off

...
scraper image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com

Saturate the droppings with water.

Wait at least 15 minutes to make sure the water has completely soaked the droppings.

Shovel the droppings. Apply pressure to ensure they are completely scraped away from the patio.

Collect the droppings into a dustpan.

Empty the dustpan into a secure plastic bag or another type of container.

Throw the bag away outside with your garbage.

Hose It Off

...
running water hose image by Katrina Miller from Fotolia.com

Completely wet the droppings.

Wait at least 15 minutes to ensure that the droppings have absorbed all the water.

Spray a high-powered water hose at the soiled patio. Make sure you spray away from yourself and your house. Make sure children and pets are away from you.

Spray the droppings off any walkways or other areas that are used by foot traffic. This will ensure that the droppings do not get caught in shoes and brought into the house.

Use Chemicals

...
plastic spray bottle tops image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com

Buy chemical cleaners at your local hardware store or online. Green chemicals, made without hazardous materials, can be found. Pick a cleaner suitable for your type of patio -- wood, brick, tile.

Wear a face make to ensure that you do not inhale the product.

Carefully follow the directions on the bottle of the chemical you choose. Do not take shortcuts.

Related Articles

How to Waterproof Patio Furniture Seat Cushions
How to Waterproof Patio Furniture Seat Cushions
How to Wash a Bird Bath With Vinegar
How to Wash a Bird Bath With Vinegar
How to Clean Bird Droppings Off Wood Fences
How to Clean Bird Droppings Off Wood Fences
How to Clean Concrete Floors Before Painting
How to Clean Concrete Floors Before Painting
How to Clean Pet Stains on Concrete
How to Clean Pet Stains on Concrete
How to Clean Slippery Patio Stones
How to Clean Slippery Patio Stones
How to Seal a Birdbath
How to Seal a Birdbath
How to Get Rid of Sapsuckers
How to Get Rid of Sapsuckers
How to Remove Slug Mucus
How to Remove Slug Mucus
How to Keep a Skunk & Possum Away From Your Barn
How to Keep a Skunk & Possum Away From Your Barn
How to Keep Wasps From Building Nests
How to Keep Wasps From Building Nests
How to Clean Up Bat Droppings
How to Clean Up Bat Droppings
How to Kill Fleas Outside in Patio Areas
How to Kill Fleas Outside in Patio Areas
How to Keep Birds Out of a Carport
How to Keep Birds Out of a Carport
How to Clean an Outdoor Concrete Fountain
How to Clean an Outdoor Concrete Fountain
How to Seal Outdoor Statues
How to Seal Outdoor Statues
How to Use Citronella Spray for Fleas
How to Use Citronella Spray for Fleas
Garden Guides
×