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How To Clean Bird Poop Off Wood Siding

No one likes dealing with bird poop, but it’s a reality if you have birds in your yard. If you have wood siding, you’ll want to be particularly careful about cleaning up any droppings. The acidity in bird droppings can eat away at paint and finishes, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible. The good news is that cleaning bird poop off wood siding is relatively easy. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to safely and effectively remove bird poop from your property.

What Is the Best Cleaner for Bird Poop?

cleaning products - Big Easy Siding There are several different cleaners that you can use to remove bird poop from your property. However, we recommend using a mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will help to break down the proteins in the bird poop, making it easier to remove.

  • Simply mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz onto the affected area.
  • Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush or sponge.
  • If you don’t have vinegar on hand, you can also use a mixture of water and dish soap. Again, mix equal parts water and dish soap in a spray bottle and spritz onto the soiled area. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush or sponge.

Note: If you’re dealing with a large amount of bird poop, you may need to use a power washer to remove it.

How Do You Clean Dried Bird Poop?

If the bird poop has already dried, you may need to pre-treat it with a little bit of water before using your chosen cleaner. Once it’s wetted down, you can proceed with cleaning it as how you should clean fresh bird poop. Just be sure to scrub a little harder since the dried bird poop will be more difficult to remove.

You may also need to use a power washer to remove dried bird poop. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be careful when using a power washer, as the high pressure can damage your wood siding.

How Do You Get Rid of Bird Poop Without Damaging Paint?

If you’re worried about damaging the paint, your best bet is to use an all-purpose cleaner or diluted bleach solution. Just be sure to test the cleaner on a small area first and proceed with caution. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when cleaning around the paint.

Does Bird Poop Stain Siding?

Birds poop on woodThe jury is still out on this one. Some experts say that bird poop is actually good for siding because the nutrients in the droppings can help to promote the growth of plants. Others argue that bird poop is acidic and can damage paint or finishes. In most cases, though, the answer seems to be that it depends on the type of siding and the amount of bird droppings.

For example, vinyl siding is more likely to be stained by bird poop than brick or stone. And if a large number of birds roost on your property, the accumulation of droppings can eventually cause staining. The best way to prevent staining from bird droppings is to keep your siding clean and free of debris. If you do notice any staining, you can try washing the area with a mild detergent or vinegar solution.

How Long Does It Take for Bird Poop to Ruin Paint?

While bird poop may seem harmless, it can actually cause serious damage to paint. The acid in bird droppings can eat through paint, causing it to blister and peel. In addition, the droppings can attract mildew and other fungi, which can further deteriorate the paint. So how long does it take for bird poop to ruin paint? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer.

The amount of damage caused by bird poop will depend on the type of paint, the age of the paint, and the severity of the droppings. However, it is generally safe to say that bird poop can cause serious damage to paint within a few days. As a result, it is important to remove any bird droppings from your paint as soon as possible.

Can You Get Sick from Cleaning Bird Poop?

Is cleaning bird poop dangerous? You can get sick from cleaning bird poop if you don’t take proper safety precautions. Always wear gloves when handling bird feces, as it can contain harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory illness, stomach flu, and other illnesses.

In addition, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with bird feces. If you have any cuts or open wounds on your hands, avoid contact with bird feces altogether until they have healed completely.

Why Is Bird Poop White?

White Bird Poop Why is bird poop color white? Contrary to popular belief, bird poop is not actually white. Instead, it is the urine element of a bird’s waste that gives it this distinctive color. The reason for this is that birds excrete their urine and feces through a single opening, known as the cloaca.

To prevent their feathers from becoming stained, birds produce a substance known as uric acid, which is broken down into urate crystals. These crystals are then combined with feces to produce the characteristic whitish bird droppings. However, the actual color of bird poop can vary depending on the type of food that the bird has been eating. For example, if a bird has been eating blueberries, its droppings will likely contain shades of blue or purple.

Can You Paint Over Bird Poop?

Yes, you can paint over bird poop but we don’t recommend it! Bird feces can contain harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory illness, stomach flu, and other illnesses (as described above). In addition, painting over bird feces will not make them disappear—they will still be there, just hidden under layers of paint!

If you must paint over bird feces, we recommend first cleaning them up as best as possible (using one of the methods described above) before painting over them with fresh paint.

How Often Should I Clean Bird Poop?

Ideally, you should clean bird poop as soon as you see it. The longer it sits, the more time it has to damage your wood siding. However, we understand that isn’t always possible. If you can’t clean up bird poop right away, try to do it at least once a week.

Tips for Preventing Bird Poop on Wood Siding

Colorful birds The best way to deal with bird poop is to prevent it in the first place. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Install bird netting: Bird netting is a physical barrier that will prevent birds from roosting on your wood siding.
  • Use visual deterrents: Birds are easily scared off by bright, shiny objects. You can deter them by hanging shiny Mylar balloons or streamers around your property.
  • Keep your yard clean: A tidy yard is less likely to attract birds. Make sure to remove any food sources, such as bird seed or pet food, and keep your grass trimmed.
  • Make some noise: Birds are also deterred by noise. You can keep them away by playing a radio or using an ultrasonic bird repeller.

Takeaway

So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about how to clean bird poop off the wood siding. As we mentioned before, the sooner you address the problem, the easier it will be to remove the bird poop. We hope these tips have been helpful. If you need any information about wood siding, please contact us. We would be happy to help!

Big Easy Siding is the leading provider of wood siding in the New Orleans Area. We offer a variety of wood siding options, including cedar, cypress, pine, and more. We also offer a variety of finishes, such as stained, painted, and natural. Contact us today to learn more!

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