Bird Trouble | 3 Practical Actions To Tackle Bird Droppings On Outdoor Awnings

Go ahead — you know you want to say it. EEW! No one wants to deal with bird droppings, but it is part of many people's lives, especially if you have an outdoor living space with blinds and awnings installed. Luckily, you don't have to live with bird droppings for too long. Follow these steps to get rid of bird poop quickly.

Hose Down The Top Surface

Awnings are generally placed over patio or kitchen windows outside your home so they are higher up. To begin the process of bird dropping cleaning, connect a garden hose to a water outlet and step on a ladder placed near the window. Make sure the ladder is properly placed on level ground to avoid losing your balance. If possible, get someone to hold the ladder while you're on it for added safety. Hose off the surface to loosen the bird droppings from it. Attach a pressure booster to the garden hose, so that the bird droppings come off more easily from the surface with the added force. Be careful the force isn't too strong or you risk damaging the awning.

Tackle Droppings With Soft-Bristled Brush

Fill a bucket with some warm water and liquid laundry detergent. Pour this solution over the surface and let it sit for a few minutes. The warm water should loosen the droppings from the awning's surface, which is important if they have been sitting for a long time on the top layer. You may then use a long-stemmed, soft-bristled brush to tackle the bird droppings. Rub the top layer gently with the brush because excessive force may detach the awning from its hinges. The brush typically spreads soap water over the droppings, loosening them more easily through the scrubbing action. Keep in mind that you may have to go over the droppings a couple of times to remove them from the top surface.

Hose Off With Clean Water

Once you're satisfied that you've tackled most of the icky bird droppings, hose off the awning with clean water to remove the soap and residual dirt from the top surface. Choose a warm, sunny day for this task to allow the surface to dry quicker than otherwise. The drying process typically takes a few hours, so your best option is to start early morning. This allows for enough sunlight to dry the surface faster. Quick drying prevents debris and dust from resting on the wet surface and will help ensure the moisture doesn't lead to mould or mildew.

Bird droppings are incredibly ugly on any surface, so tackle them quickly to maintain the pristine appearance of your outdoor structures.