how to remove bird poop from carpet

Bird droppings can appear on anything from flags to fabric (one of the hazards of an outdoor clothesline). There can even be bird poop stains on your clothing or carpet if you have a feathered friend living indoors. Luckily, its rare that bird waste has an odor. But it helps to know how to handle the unsightly part of the problem.

Fortunately, bird poop stains can be taken care of with some standard household products that are most likely already on hand in your house. Although its tempting, never scrub the stain as youll push it further into the fabric. So before grabbing a rag, take a moment and simply follow the steps below to effectively remove bird poop stains from shirts, other garments, and carpeting.

How to Remove Bird Poop Stains From Clothes

  • Allow the Droppings to Dry: Although it may not sound very appetizing, allowing the bird droppings on the fabric to dry is the simplest method of getting rid of the waste. When wet, rubbing the droppings will make them smear, and the scrubbing action will force the excrement further into the fabric. The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .
  • Remove the Dry Droppings: Using a dull knife or spoon, scrape off the solid matter from the fabric once the droppings have dried. If the droppings are wet, move to the next step. The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .
  • Eliminating Wet Droppings: Use the edge of a credit card or plastic knife to remove as much of the moist poop as you can if you are unable to take off your clothes or don’t have the time or stomach to wait for it to dry. Be careful not to smear the droppings. The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .
  • Blot the Stain Wet a paper towel with plain water. Blot the stain away starting at the outer edge of the area where you just cleaned up the excrement. Every time some of the stain transfers, move to a fresh area on the towel. Allow the fabric to air-dry. Caution: Blot instead of rubbing until all waste has been transferred to the paper towel. If not, you’ll smear it and force the excrement deeper into the fibers. The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .
  • Remove the clothing as soon as possible, and use water to flush out the waste and stain. Hold the fabric under a cold water faucet that is running at full force while the wrong side is facing up. The excrement will be forced away from the fibers’ surface by the water’s force. Should the fabric not be discolored, proceed to wash the entire item as normal. Caution: Avoid using hot water as the protein from the droppings will cause the fibers to “cook.” The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .
  • Getting Rid of Dye Stains From Droppings: If coloration is still present after the stain is flushed away, it may be a natural dye from the food the bird ate. Follow the instructions on the package to make a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach (brand names: OxiClean, Nellies All-Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite). Let the stained item soak for at least four hours or overnight by completely submerging it in water. Wash the garment in your regular laundry detergent. The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .
  • Wash as Normally: Wash the item by following the directions on the care label. The Spruce / Cristina Tudor .

Lets discuss the unsavory topic about our birds shits. I have 2 birds: a cockatiel and a Hahns macaw. My toddlers’ poop isn’t ideal, but it’s manageable; I’ve dealt with carpet before. But my Hahns has taken some of the biggest, dirtiest poop out of a small bird that I have ever seen.

Thus, my query is: How do you handle bird droppings on your carpet, particularly the large ones? This is an old post. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast.

How to Remove Bird Poop Stains From Carpet

  • Remove the droppings by using a credit card or a dull-edged knife to remove the solids. Do not smear or rub a wet poop stain.
  • Create a cleaning solution by combining two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of dish soap in a small bowl.
  • Apply the solution to a white cloth or paper towel, then dab the stain. As the stain comes out of the carpet, keep going to a fresh section of the fabric.
  • Retreat: In the event that the stain persists, follow the instructions on the package and combine an oxygen-based bleach solution with cool water. Apply the solution to the area with an eyedropper or by dipping a clean sponge into it. Do not saturate the carpet. Work the solution into the carpet by moving from the stain’s outer edge toward its center. Let the solution sit on the stain for a minimum of half an hour.
  • Rinse: Blot the area again after dipping a clean white cloth in plain water to ensure that no more stain can be transferred. Because any residue can attract soil, thoroughly rinse the cleaning solution out of the carpet fibers.
  • Dry: Blot away moisture with a dry white cloth to expedite drying. Allow the area to air-dry away from direct heat.
  • Vacuum: To restore the carpet pile after it has dried, vacuum the affected area.


How do you remove dried bird poop?

A simple solution of baking soda and hot water will do the trick. In a 32-ounce spray bottle, mix a quart of warm or hot water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Shake and squirt the solution on any dry bird poop stain, allowing it to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, rinse with a hose.

Does vinegar dissolve bird poop?

White vinegar can clean almost anything—and you can use it to remove bird poop stains. All you need to do is combine equal parts white vinegar and water, and apply the mixture to the area via a spray bottle or cloth. Let the stain soak for a few minutes, and then blot with thr cloth.

What is the best cleaner for bird poop?

If you can wash while the stain is new, a microfiber cloth and seltzer water should remove the mess. Seltzer water is an effective cleaner, breaking down the droppings’ natural acidic properties.