A beautifully maintained yard and outdoor living area is a place for entertaining, relaxing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. However, with outdoor spaces come things such as dirt, debris, and animals droppings. Birds perch and nest in nearby trees and on power lines and rooftops, occasionally dropping excrement from those places onto surfaces below. This leaves messy bird droppings on your expensive patio pavers. Thankfully, there are ways to remove the droppings and rid pavers of stains, leaving you with a clean outdoor living space.
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Things you need
- Broom, brush or ice scraper
- Mild washing up liquid
- Pressure washer
Use a broom, brush (never steel, as it may cause damage to the surface of the stone), or ice scraper to sweep away as much of the droppings as possible.
Soak the area on the paver with cold water. Use a hand-held brush to scrub away the bird droppings. If the droppings are fresh or have not been on the paving stone for long, simply scrubbing with cold water and a brush may be all you need to do to effectively remove the mess.
If the previous step was not effective, scrub the area with a brush and hot water.
Mix 1 part mild washing up liquid with 3 parts water, and apply the solution to the stain on the paving. Scrub with a brush, and rinse with cool water.
Use a pressure washer for paving stones that are heavily soiled or that do not respond to the other methods of cleaning. Use a medium pressure spray to cause the least amount of abrasive damage to the pavers. The water from the jets removes any droppings or residue left on the surface of the paving, and washes away minuscule layers of the paver's surface to clean more deeply than you could with a brush.
Tips and warnings
- If all else fails, hire a professional outdoor cleaning service to clean the droppings from your paving slabs.
- Remove any trees, overgrowth, or nesting areas from around your pavers to prevent birds from leaving messes.
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