Remove Bird Poop Stains from Vinyl and Plastic

Whether you keep birds as pet or you have a lovely outdoor space that attracts plenty of feathered friends, you might find yourself with the need to remove bird poop stains from vinyl and plastic. Vinyl and plastic can be easy to clean, with just a good wipe down with a mild detergent and water; stains can be another concern, however.

Remove Bird Poop Stains from Vinyl and Plastic

While certainly not the healthiest of things to be around, and you certainly don’t want it around your food or food prep areas, some of the risks of bird poop have been exaggerated over the years. Unless you are dealing with the droppings from a large number of birds, or something that has built up over the course of time, you’re not going to be facing anything that is a biohazard.
That said, you should still give thought to wearing a pair of disposable cleaning gloves when you are working to remove bird poop stains from vinyl and plastic, or from any other surface. Any cleaning tools that you use when you are working to remove fecal matter should, by default, be disposable or easy to sterilize with bleach once you have cleaned up your mess.
If you will be cleaning up any dried bird fecal matter, you may want to consider wearing a face mask just as a precaution. Be sure to also work in well-ventilated environment.
If you will be cleaning your vinyl and plastic items indoors you should consider cleaning in an area like your bathroom, so that you can readily disinfect it once you are done. Furniture or flooring leaves little flexibility, but with just a few precautions you’ll be in good shape.

While it might be tempting to do so, do not use a pressure washer to clean outdoor plastic furniture. The force of the spray is entirely too powerful, and can potentially shorten the lifespan of your furniture. Instead, if you want to use water, use your garden hose. Keep in mind that this might not necessarily work to effectively remove bird poop stains from vinyl and plastic if they are older stains.
Start cleaning up the bird poop stains by ensuring that you have removed as much solid matter as is possible. You can accomplish this by simply wiping the surface down with paper towels or newspaper. Be sure to promptly dispose of the soiled papers once you are done.
If the stain is older, and harder to remove, you can apply a wet cloth or paper towels that have been soaked in a solution of mild dish detergent and water. This will help to soften and loosen the dried on materials, and make your cleanup job much easier.

You could, of course, try to scrape the dried bird poop off of the vinyl or plastic surface with a sharp object, but to do this brings with it the increased risk of damaging your belongings. When it comes to stain removal you should always take the time to do things right.
Smaller vinyl and plastic items can be soaked in hot water. To the water add a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and half a cup of dish soap. You may need to soak the items for several hours in order to see the marked difference that you are looking for, but this simple combination will definitely do the trick. Rinse the items well in order to remove any remaining soap residue, and you’ll find things look as good as new.
If the items will be around your family, you can mix one part bleach to five parts water in a spray bottle, and lightly mist the item in order to disinfect it. Allow the bleach solution to sit for up to five minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. You can also use a spray disinfectant, and allow it to dry.
Larger items may not be able to be soaked, but that doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck. Create a paste using baking soda, mild dish detergent, and hydrogen peroxide. The paste should resemble the texture of toothpaste. Carefully work the cleaning paste completely over the stain; be sure to wear gloves in order to avoid irritation to your skin. With the paste covering the stain place damp paper towels over the area. Allow the cleaning paste to sit for up to ten minutes, and then wipe away with a clean cloth or with paper towels.
If you find yourself with the need to remove bird poop stains that are blue or purple in color then you will need to treat the stain just as you would treat berry stains. To do this you should soak a paper towel or sponge with hydrogen peroxide and allow it to set over the stain for up to 10 minutes. Then you can use the same baking soda, dish detergent, and hydrogen peroxide cleaning solution on the stain.
Be sure to rinse clean, and apply a color-safe bleach or commercial disinfecting spray if you’d like to take extra hygiene precautions.