Is bird poop ruining your Indian Sandstone surfaces?
Don’t worry, I’m here to help. This article explains how to clean up bird droppings on your natural Indian Stonestone, remove the stains that may persist after cleaning (normally from berries), and avoid having to do the same thing again next week in your backyard.
You’ll be able to get your beautiful stone surfaces back without any ugly bird poop stains!
Indian Sandstone is a beautiful naturally veined stone imported from India that can be used for a variety of applications, both indoors and outdoors. It’s important to keep it clean so that it always looks its best.
Birds will shoot out watery bird poop like a projectile from time to time, and if you’re unlucky, this can leave behind stains and streaks on your Indian Sandstone.
Bird poop comes in many different colors, but the most common are white, gray, brown, and black. It’s normally the berries that birds have consumed that will cause the most staining.
If you have bird poop stains on your Indian Sandstone, don’t panic! There are a few things you can do to clean it up and remove the stains.
- 1 Removing Bird Poop Stains From Indian Sandstone
- 2 How to Avoid Bird Droppings on Natural Stone
- 3 FAQs
Removing Bird Poop Stains From Indian Sandstone
Whether you have a patio, path, flagstone, driveway, or another outdoor paved area, it’s inevitable that at some point bird poop will find its way onto your Indian sandstone.
While it may seem like a pain to clean up, with the right method it’s actually quite easy to remove bird poop stains from Indian sandstone paving.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Step 1 – Remove any solid material
Before you look to completely remove the bird poop stain, you’ll first want to remove any solid material. This can be done by gently scraping the area with a putty knife or another similar tool.
Whatever you do, don’t use a metal knife as this can scratch the surface of your Indian sandstone.
Step 2 – Wash the area
Next, you need to wash the area with a stone-safe, pH-natural cleaner like HG Natural Stone Cleaner (often referred to as a poultice). This will help to remove any remaining dirt, debris, and bacteria from the bird droppings.
It is normally used on worktops but works just as well on paving and patios.
To use, simply apply the cleaner to the stained area and scrub gently with a soft brush. Once you’re done, rinse the area with clean water.
During the cleaning process, you may need to leave the solution on the affected area for a few minutes to loosen the bird poop stains.
Note: You may see some discoloration after using a natural stone cleaner. This is normal and will disappear after the area dries completely.
Step 3 – Repeat as necessary
You may need to repeat the previous two steps a few times before the bird poop stains are completely removed from your Indian sandstone.
Step 3 – Apply a stone sealer
After using a stone cleaner, it’s important to reseal the area to protect it from further staining. You can find a suitable sealer at your local hardware store or online.
Note: Always read the instructions on the sealer before use to ensure it’s compatible with Indian sandstone.
How to Avoid Bird Droppings on Natural Stone
A few people believe that buying plastic owls or other bird scarers will keep birds away from their property. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
The best way to avoid bird droppings on your Indian sandstone (or any other outdoor surfaces) is to keep your property clean and tidy.
This means regularly sweeping up leaves, removing debris, and trimming back any overhanging branches.
If you have several bird feeders, you might want to relocate them to a grassy area away from your Indian sandstone paving. This will help to discourage birds from congregating near your stone surfaces.
Alternatively, don’t have bird feeders at all as this will only attract birds to your property.
Another thing you can try, but I’m not entirely convinced by this method, is to place shiny objects around your property. It’s thought that the reflection from these objects will scare birds away.
You can use anything for this including old CDs, foil wrappers, or even Mylar balloons.
Now, cats won’t keep birds away all day, however, if you let out your house cats for a short time in your garden, they may help to scare the birds away.
Of course, this method isn’t for everyone as some people are allergic to cats or simply don’t like them.
I was reluctant to include this method as I don’t think it’s particularly humane, however, bird spikes are a popular way to keep birds away from Indian sandstone (and other outdoor surfaces).
Basically, bird spikes are long metal rods with sharp points that are installed around the perimeter of an area. This makes it difficult for birds to land and roost, so they eventually give up and fly away.
Can you use vinegar to remove bird poop from Indian sandstone?
No, you should never use vinegar to clean Indian sandstone (or any other type of natural stone) as it’s too acidic and will damage the surface.
Is bird poop toxic to humans?
If you either breathe in dust or water droplets that contain bird droppings, you could develop psittacosis which is a type of bacterial pneumonia. However, this is rare and only usually occurs in people with weakened immune systems. In most cases, bird poop isn’t harmful to humans unless it comes into contact with an open wound or sore as it could cause an infection.
Can you power wash bird poop off Indian sandstone?
No, you should never power wash Indian sandstone as it’s too abrasive and will damage the surface. The best way to clean bird droppings (or any other type of dirt or debris) from Indian sandstone is to use a mild soap and water solution followed by a natural stone cleaner. Once you’re done, be sure to reseal the area with a suitable stone sealer.
Is Salmonella found in bird poop?
Yes, Salmonella can be found in bird droppings. However, the risk of infection is low unless you come into direct contact with the droppings or breathe in the dust that contains them. If you do come into contact with droppings, it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You should also avoid touching your face or eating until you’ve had a chance to wash your hands.
How often should I clean bird poop from my Indian sandstone?
Ideally, you should clean bird droppings (or any other type of dirt or debris) from your Indian sandstone as soon as possible. However, if you can’t get to it right away, you should try to clean it up within 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove and the more likely it is to cause staining.