Washing Bird Droppings Off Your Vehicle as Part of Car Maintenance

September 23rd, 2020 by

Man's hand and a wipe cleaning bird droppings on a car

Birds. They’re the enemy of your car’s shiny, like-new paint job that you just washed. You can’t stop birds from flying over your car, but you can easily clean up the messes they leave behind. Today’s blog from Thompson Sales discusses how to wash bird droppings off your vehicle as part of car maintenance.

Why You Need to Clean It Soon

Bird droppings can have a detrimental effect on your car’s paint job if they’re left on the surface for an extended period of time. Bird poop contains acidic compounds that can corrode the paint surface. There may also be little bits of gravel in the poop because birds may eat gravel in addition to seeds and bugs. Gravel can scratch your car’s surface, which may cause long-term damage and rust. You may see little paint scratches from bird poop that’s been on your car for too long. This type of car maintenance can prevent a major repair or replacement later.

Wash Regularly

Wash your vehicle regularly, at least once every two weeks, if you often see bird droppings on your car. Waxing your car once per season protects the coat even more. If you can’t get to a car wash regularly, keep a spray bottle of water in your trunk along with some microfiber rags. These simple car maintenance tools allow you to spot clean your vehicle when you see those ugly white stains.

Products That Work

You don’t need to take your vehicle to a professional car wash to remove bird poop (unless you had an entire flock of pigeons sit on your car). Nor do you need expensive products. You just need a cleaning solvent and a cloth to wipe away the mess. Water works well, but so do other liquids. Keep these items in your trunk for something quick and on the go.
Try these other products:

Seltzer water. Carbonation in the seltzer water helps break down the bird droppings’ acidic qualities. Let the seltzer water sit for a few minutes and then wipe away the droppings.

Baking soda. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, a squirt of mild dish soap, and hot water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the bird droppings and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping away with a cloth. The baking soda and soap will neutralize the acid.

WD-40. You think of squeaky door hinges and when you use WD-40, but it’s also great for removing bird poop from your car. One squirt should do the trick. WD-40 is also fantastic for a ton of other car maintenance tasks.

Car detailer spray. Specialty car detailer sprays take care of bird droppings in seconds.

Bird poop wipes. If you want a specialty product made for this exact situation, look for bird poop wipes at your local automotive store. One particular brand is biodegradable (made of bamboo), and the cleaning solvent in each wipe neutralizes the acid in the bird droppings. All you doo (pun intended) is wipe away the bird poop in one swift motion.

Car Maintenance Tips From Thompson Sales

With a little preventative car maintenance, you can enjoy a gleaming paint job every time you hit the road. While you’re out and about, stop by our lot on East Independence in Springfield to check out what we’ve got for sale! Contact Thompson Sales or call (417) 763-6811 for more details.

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