How to Remove Bird Poop Stains From Clothes and Outdoor Furniture

How to Remove Bird Dropping Stains from Clothes

Fuse/ Getty Images

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, you best be prepared to get rid of the poop.

Stain type Protein, natural dyes
Detergent type Heavy-duty
Water temperature Cold to warm
Cycle type Varies by fabric type

Project Metrics

Working time: 15 minutes

Total time: 2 hours

Before You Begin

If the garment is labeled as dry clean only, 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.

What You'll Need

Supplies

  • Paper towel
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Oxygen-based bleach
  • Cold Water

Tools

  • Dull knife, spoon or credit card
  • Washer or large sink

Instructions

  1. Let the Droppings Dry

    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.

  2. Remove the Dry Droppings

    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.

  3. Wash as Usual

    Wash the garment 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.

  4. How to Remove Wet Bird Droppings

    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!

  5. Blot the Stain

    Wet a paper towel with plain water and starting at the outside edge, blot the stain away. Move to a clean spot on the towel each time some of the stain is transferred. NO RUBBING, just blot until no more poop is transferred to the paper towel. Allow the fabric to air dry.

  6. Flush Out the Stain

    As soon as possible, remove the garment and flush out the poop. Hold the fabric with the wrong side facing up under a cold water faucet running at full force. The force of the water 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. If the fabric is not discolored, wash the entire garment as usual.

  7. Remove Dye Stains Caused by Droppings

If any coloration remains after flushing the stain away, it could be a natural 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. Submerge the stained item entirely and allow it to soak at least four hours or overnight. Then wash as usual.

Remove Bird Poop Stains From Carpet and Outdoor Fabrics

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

What You'll Need

Supplies

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Warm water
  • Oxygen-based bleach
  • Paper towel

Tools

  • Dull knife, spoon or credit card
  • Small bowl or bucket
  • Eyedropper
  • White cloth
  • Vacuum
  1. Lift Away the Droppings

    If the droppings are wet or dry, use a dull-edged knife or a credit card to lift away the solids. If the poop is wet, do not smear and NEVER RUB THE STAIN!

  2. Mix a Cleaning Solution

    In a small bowl, mix a solution of one teaspoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of lukewarm water.

  3. Treat the Stain

    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.

  4. Treat Any Remaining Stain

    If the stain is still present, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water following package directions. Dip a clean sponge into the solution or use an eyedropper 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.

  5. Rinse 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 cleaning solution out of the carpet fibers because it can actually attract soil.

  6. Allow the Carpet to Dry

    To speed drying, use a dry white cloth to blot away moisture. Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum to restore the pile of the carpet.

  7. Remove Stains from Outdoor Furniture and Umbrellas

If your outdoor umbrella or patio furniture was bombed, follow these tips for removing the splatter.