How to remove pigeon feces from concrete

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One of the biggest problems faced when pigeons congregate is the poop left behind. It's not only incredibly unsightly, but also has the potential to carry and transmit a vast array of diseases. These diseases can be passed on to humans and animals alike in many cases, and the more pigeons you have, the more poop you have. In turn, this means an increased risk of diseases.

In order to get rid of any contagious or diseases biological matter that could be present in the feces left behind by the bird, you are going to need to make sure that a thorough clean-up of the area has been performed. It's not a pleasant job, and there are companies out there that can take on the challenge if you'd rather not get your hands dirty. We wouldn't blame you. Handling the waste of another animal is not a thought to relish.

You are going to need a handful of items before you get started:
- Dustpan and brush
- Broom
- Garbage/disposal bags
- Thick rubber gloves
- Eye protection (safety goggles)
- Breathing mask
- Saw dust
- Scrubbing brush
- Bucket
- Liquid dish soap
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Ammonia

If you do not have these things, you are not ready to start the cleanup operation. We are not playing around when we tell you that this job can be very dangerous. It is most certainly not a job that we would do without the necessary protective and safety equipment, that's for sure.

If the droppings are dry, you can sweep them away (making sure that you are wearing the breathing mask). If they are not, or you can't easily sweep them, you can try to hose them away using a high-pressured hose accessory or a steam-cleaner/jet-sprayer. You must bear in mind that anything that comes into contact with the area/droppings must also be sterilized and cleaned thoroughly after use, and if it can't be, you will need to throw it away. We would advise disposing of a broom or dustpan and brush that you used for this job, or keep it solely for the purposes of wild animal and waste removal.

When you have cleaned up or washed off the bulk of the pigeon feces, you will then need to grab your liquid soap detergent. This will need to be thrown around all over the affected area, and you will need to push your sleeves up too. This is when the scrubbing begins. You will need to scrub it, making sure that every inch of it has been given as much elbow grease as you can muster up. As well as cleaning the area in general, this scrubbing action will also help to get rid of any staining that the pigeon feces will have left behind. You will find this staining can be quite bad with the urine and droppings from wild animals.

At this stage, we would recommend NOT washing the area with the host or jet-sprayer. That sounds a little odd, admittedly, but this is when you will want to use that saw dust we advised you to get. By sprinkling this down, not only will a lot of the moisture be absorbed, but the material will work in much the same way as a towel that you'd place over a spilled cup of coffee. It soaks up the liquid containing the liquid soap detergent, but also absorbs the stain that has been knocked about and broken free by your scrubbing action. You only need to leave it for about half an hour or so before sweeping it away with a broom and then disposing of it properly. We would recommend a fire, but make sure that you are keeping within the laws when you do this, and also ensure that you are not putting other people at risk.

For the most part, this will have cleared the area. When it dries, most of the pigeon poop and feces will have gone. There may be a couple of really tough patches of staining, however, and this is when the final ingredients come into play — the hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. These are both bleaching agents, and very strong ones at that, and after half an hour or so of soaking, should get rid of the remainder of the pigeon feces stains.

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