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How to remove bird poop on car paint without having to touch it

If you’re wondering how to get rid of bird poop on car paint or other exterior surfaces, it’s easier than you might think! Read on to find out more.


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By Cleanipedia Team

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Key steps:

  1. Act as fast as you can – bird excrement is much easier to remove when it’s fresh!

  2. Use a specialised cleaning product, or something gentle that will neutralise the chemicals in the bird waste.

  3. If you’re dealing with dried bird poop on your car, pre-treat it with a stain remover to soften it rather than trying to scrape it off. This will protect your car’s paint.

So you’ve walked over to your car to discover the tell-tale white and brown smudge of a fly-by attack. Finding bird poop on cars isn’t just a visual problem, the chemicals in the faeces can actually wear away small areas of paint. Acting fast is essential, but no one wants to get their hands dirty where this type of stain is involved.

That’s where we can help. Follow our tips to clean bird poop off car paint and windshields, and tackle this little problem without having to touch the offending substance.

Use a mild cleaner to remove bird poop from car surfaces – anything too harsh might scratch the paint!

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How to Get Rid Of Bird Poop On Car Surfaces

The most important thing to remember is that time is of the essence. If you’ve managed to catch the stain early (before it’s dried) then there are a couple of things you can try:

  • Specialised wipes – you can get wipes designed to remove bird poop from cars, containing a special blend of chemicals that will neutralise the bird excrement and stop it from damaging your paint. Use it on the affected surface, following the instructions on the packaging, and then dispose of it. Easy!

  • Soda water, also known as club soda, can clean bird poop off car paint or windshields while the stain is still fresh. Spray a little on the affected area, leave it for a few minutes, and then either run the windscreen wipers or just rinse away with a little cool water. Wipe any remaining spots with a cloth if needed.

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How to Remove Dried Bird Poop on Car Windshields and Paint

If you’re not ‘lucky’ enough to catch the stain while it is still fresh, then you may find the removal process a little more difficult. Don’t worry though, it’s still possible.

It’s not a good idea to scrape at dried bird poop on cars as this can damage the paintwork or surface beneath. Instead, follow our process on how to get bird poop off cars after it has dried:

  1. Soften the stain with liquid. Water and club soda both work well here, but you could also dilute an all-purpose cleaner like Cif (make sure you check it is safe to use on your car first, especially if the bird poop is on a painted surface). Dampen a cloth with your chosen liquid and place it over the stain for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Gently remove the stain. Remove the damp cloth from the stain and spray some more of your chosen liquid directly onto the stain. Leave it for a few seconds and then wipe the area with a clean cloth. Apply a firm pressure, but do not scrub.

  3. Rinse the area thoroughly. Make sure that no chemicals are left behind by rinsing the area well with clean water. You may want to wipe the area with another clean cloth to help prevent streaks or watermarks – or you can use the windscreen wipers if the stain was on the glass.

And there you have it – how to remove bird poop from car exteriors without putting a finger on it. You can also keep some spare disposable gloves in your car’s boot or glove box to wear during clean-up jobs, just to be extra safe.

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