How to Remove Bird Poop Stains From Clothes and Outdoor Furniture

How to Remove Bird Dropping Stains from Clothes

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As you know, poop happens.

Why is it that a bird seems to know just when you are trying to impress others or dressed in your best clothes or late for a meeting? Actually, bird droppings can happen to anything from flags to outdoor furniture and on any fabric (one of the hazards of an outdoor clothesline). There can even be indoor bird poop stains if you keep a pet bird.

So, everyone should know how to get rid of the poop.

Bird Poop Stains and Washable Clothes

This isn't very appealing, but the easiest way to get rid of the poop is to let the bird droppings dry on the fabric. While the droppings are wet, rubbing the area will cause the matter to smear and push the poop deeper into the fabric.

Once the droppings are dry, use a dull knife or spoon to scrape off the solid matter. Next, wash the fabric as soon as possible following the care label instructions. It's important to wash the garment or take it to a dry cleaner as soon as you can because some bird droppings are highly acidic and can cause discoloration. This is especially true for droppings from birds that may have consumed fruits like berries that can stain fabrics.

If you can't remove your clothes or don't have the time or stomach to let the poop dry, use the edge of a credit card or plastic knife to scoop away as much of the moist poop as possible. Try not to smear! Then wet a paper towel with plain water and starting at the outside edge, blot the stain away moving to a clean spot on the towel each time. NO RUBBING, just blot until no more poop is transferred to the paper towel. Allow the fabric to air dry.

If you can treat the stain right away, remove the garment and flush out the poop by holding the fabric with the wrong side up under a cold water faucet running full force. This will push the poop away from the surface of the fibers. Do not use hot water because the protein in the droppings will "cook" to the fibers. Wash the entire garment as usual.

If any coloration remains after flushing the stain away, it could be dye from whatever the bird consumed. Mix a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) following package directions. Completely submerge the stained item and allow it to soak at least four hours or overnight. Then wash as usual.

Stains on Dry Clean Only Clothes

Again, use the edge of a credit card or plastic knife to scoop away as much of the moist poop as possible. Wet a paper towel with plain water and starting at the outside edge, blot the stain away moving to a clean spot on the towel each time. NO RUBBING! Allow the garment to air dry.

As soon as possible head to your dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to a professional cleaner. If you decide to use a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain first with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

How to Remove Bird Poop Stains From Carpet and Outdoor Fabrics

If a bird happens to decorate your indoor or outdoor carpet, you must decide to let the poop dry or lift it off the carpet fibers without smearing. 

Then mix a solution of one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of lukewarm water. Dip a white cloth or paper towel into the solution and blot the stain. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the stain is transferred out of the carpet. When no more stain is transferred, dip a clean white cloth in plain water and "rinse" by blotting the stain again. It is important to rinse the detergent out of the carpet because it can actually attract soil.

Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat. If any stain remains, move to the next steps. If not, vacuum to lift fibers.

For tough stains, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water following package directions. Dip a clean sponge into the solution or use an eye dropper to apply it to the remaining spot. Working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, work the solution into the carpet. Do not overwet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes.

Finally, use a dry white cloth to blot away moisture. Allow to dry completely and vacuum to restore pile of the carpet.

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