Bird droppings are an unsightly nuisance as well as having the potential to harm certain surfaces such as automotive paint. Just one goose can poop every twenty minutes, dropping up to 1½ pounds of poop daily. That’s a lot of goose poop! If it’s on your property, it’s up to you to clean it up because you certainly don’t want to step in it, or have the kids or dogs tracking it into the house. If you let it go, it will dry, which makes it even harder to clean up. Because it is highly acidic, when it solidifies on a surface, it can damage that surface. Here are some ways to clean up after geese.
If the poop is on your lawn or driveway and it’s fresh, just get out the garden hose and turn it on with enough force to wash the poop away. In the grass, it can more or less dissipate and seep into the dirt. Depending on what type of street or road you live on will depend on whether or not you can wash the poop from your driveway into the road. Be considerate of your neighbors!
Removing Dried Poop From Driveways
If the poop has dried on the concrete or asphalt driveway or sidewalk, you will have to work a little harder at getting it off. First of all, put on some disposable or washable gloves. Hose the spot to get it wet and soften the dried poop. Or you can lay a wet cloth over the spot to soften it. Then take a stiff scrubbing brush or broom and scrub the area to get the remainder off. Then clean the brush well.
Getting It Off Carpet
If you have an outdoor rug or carpeting on your patio or porch, or if some goose poop has gotten tracked into your house onto the carpet, use a wet cloth to wipe up what you can. Then spray on some carpet/upholstery cleaner and let it soak for a couple of minutes to soften before attempting to wipe it up again with the wet cloth. If you don’t have any carpet cleaner on hand, try laundry soap or other liquid soap. Adding a little vinegar to it will help deodorize the carpet.
Cleaning Other Surfaces
For removing goose poop from your car, hardwood decking, or other smooth surfaces, lay a warm, wet cloth over the mess and let it soak for a few minutes. Then, carefully wipe up the mess. If it doesn’t all come up the first time, use some appropriate cleaner and a gentle brush to remove the remaining poop.
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Goose poop is difficult to remove on surfaces like concrete and wood, but there are ways that you can get rid of that unsightly mess.
Firstly, some bird removal and control companies will offer bird feces removal. This is a great service to make use of if you don’t have the necessary safety equipment to do the job safely, such as breathing masks.
The second option you have is to do it yourself. As previously mentioned, you will need to protect yourself with an assortment of protective and safety items, such as masks, eye protection, coveralls, and even boot covers. Bird feces can contain disease-causing spores, so everything that comes into contact with the goose poop will need to be either disposed of, or disinfected and sanitized so it is once again safe for use.
Strong biological enzyme cleaners are a must, but dishwashing detergent and a bristled brush can often work to get rid of the stains on concrete. A jet washer can also be used, but you must ensure that the mess is collected and disposed of appropriately. Some people have had great success at getting rid of tough stains using a long-handled wire brush and a jet washer.
Some natural cleaners can be used in the fight against bird poop, including white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice; though be mindful that some products, natural or otherwise, can stain surfaces. You will also want to make sure that you’re not mixing too many cleaning products. This can make you quite unwell by way of noxious gases.
Goose poop can be quite tough to get rid of, especially the staining on concrete and patio areas. There are a number of remedies for these unsightly stains, however, some of which are entirely all-natural.
Let's start with those.
#1 - White vinegar and water
Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar and then transfer to a spray bottle. You should give it a good shake, then spray the mixture all over the affected areas. Using one cloth or a bristle brush, give it a good scrub, then use another cloth to soak up the moisture. Repeating the action more than once will get rid of tough-to-beat stains.
#2 - Baking soda, dish soap and hot water
Mix baking soda with dishwashing detergent, then add hot water and stir well. When cooled, transfer to a spray bottle. You will once again want to give it a good shake, spray over poop or stains, scrub, and then soak up/rinse away, repeating as necessary.
#3 - Dishwashing detergent
Sometimes, if the goose poop stain isn't too bad, you can get rid of it simply by using hot water and dishwashing detergent. You can apply some of the detergent directly to the stain, give it a good scrub, then wash it away, repeating as necessary.
#4 - Hose
Some homeowners have had great success using a hose pipe with a high-pressure nozzle to get rid of stubborn goose poop stains on the patio or concrete. You can combine this approach with all of the above washing methods.