5 Surefire Ways to Get Dry Bird Poop Off Your Car
“Look at that majestic Scissor-tailed Flycatcher circling over the parking — and it just pooped on my car, didn’t it?”
If you’ve ever come out of H-E-B to find your vehicle bombed by birds, you know that cars serve two purposes: getting you around town and acting as an aviary porta-potty. Bird poop on your car is certainly unsightly, but did you know dry bird droppings can actually etch into your vehicle’s paint? In fact, avian excrement is quite acidic in nature, making it one of the most common causes of auto paint damage.
Go ahead: Give the bird to those birds for ruining your car. Just be sure to clean it off when you’re done. Here are 5 quick and simple ways to wash bird poop off your vehicle.
According to WD-40, its magic-in-a-can spray has 259 automotive uses – and cleaning off dry bird poop from car paint is one of them. To remove bird droppings from your vehicle, spritz a little WD-40 on the area, let it sit for 60 seconds, then rinse or wipe away with a clean, soft cloth.
Water + Baking Soda
For those who don’t have WD-40 handy, a simple solution of baking soda and hot water will do the trick. In a 32-ounce spray bottle, mix a quart of warm or hot water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Shake and squirt the solution on any dry bird poop stain, allowing it to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Then rinse with a hose.
Bird Poop Car Wipes
Specialty products like Drop Wipes exist, and they do a great job of removing dry bird poop from cars. They’re made of biodegradable, ultra-soft bamboo, and soaked in an all-natural formula of poop-cleaning liquid, which destabilizes and neutralizes the uric acid in bird droppings. When you discover your vehicle has become a bird bullseye, tear open one of these suckers, wipe, and toss away.
(If you’ve ever hated your job, just remember that someone has the job of testing “bird poop car wipes.” Let that sink in.)
Got a windshield loaded with bird droppings that wiper blades won’t remove? Seltzer water or club soda may do the truck. Pour some on the doodie, wait a few minutes, then spray clean with water or turn your windshield wipers on.
(Warning: Do NOT use a cola to clean bird poop off your car paint or windows! It is corrosive to automotive paint, wax, and even rubber.)
Quick Detailer Spray
The most convenient way to get bird poo off your vehicle is with a quick detailer spray and a soft microfiber towel. Detailing sprays are cheap and make quick work of not only bird poop but also bugs, water spots, fingerprints, grease, and other contaminants that may damage your car’s finish. Used sparingly, quick detailing spray should last years.
Visit a Professional Auto Detailer in San Antonio
Getting your vehicle to look its best takes hard work and a bit of luck in staying clear of bird flight paths. We can’t help with the latter, but we can certainly put in the effort to make your vehicle shine. Contact Northside Ford at (210) 525-9800 to schedule a car detailing appointment in San Antonio, and say good-bye to Tweety Bird’s little presents.