Cleaning Outdoor Furniture – Bird Droppings
Cleaning outdoor furniture becomes a regular task during the warm months when we are using our outdoor living areas more often. There are also plenty of birds around who leave their calling cards in the form of bird droppings on outdoor furniture and fixtures.
Prevention is the best way. By putting everything away after use you will keep it in better condition for longer. However, the fact is most of us are not going to be carting outdoor furniture backwards and forwards from storage every time we want to use it.
Bird Dropping Damage
Just like on the paintwork of your car the acidic bird droppings can cause lasting damage if left unkempt for a period of time. Besides that, it looks very unsightly and it can be a little embarrassing to be offering someone a seat covered in mess.
Bird dropping in large amounts can also pose a health risk so be sure to never try to clean while dry as the inhaled dust can make you ill.
Once a Week Habit
Getting into the routine of cleaning your outdoor furniture as you do your indoor areas. A once a week wash over live carts with mild detergent and warm water will go a long way to keeping things fresh and only require a quick wipe over just before use in some cases. Many times your outdoor furniture will be ready to be used at anytime.
This gives you a regular opportunity to check and see if any repair work or restoration work might be needed.
Outdoor furniture is going to be made of wood varieties, metal, plastic, hardwearing materials like canvas, or a combination of these. Recycled plastic furniture is a fantastic way to help the environment and get durable affordable furniture.
You can safely know that in all cases a good wash with a mild detergent in warm water will suit all types of furniture on a regular basis to keep bird dropping under control. You may need to give vinyl cushions a wash in the basin and leave them to dry in the sun for a day or two. The sun is a natural killer of mould and mildew.
If your cleaning regime hasn’t been regular use a low pressure hose and a scrubbing brush to loosen and wash away droppings. Add borax or bicarb soda to the water for a natural alternative. Dishwasher detergent has some bleach for white plastic if you want to keep them white. But don’t use pure bleach or harsh cleaners on vinyl or plastic as they will gradually break it down, and also can leave discoloration.
After Clean Protection
This makes cleaning the next time so much easier. Depending on weather conditions once or twice a year is good for a thorough clean and applying other protective measures, in harsh conditions perhaps every three months is better.