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How To Remove Bird Droppings From Copper Roofing Tiles

If bird droppings are on the surface of some of the copper tiles on your tool shed’s roof, learn how to remove them with the following steps. Copper is a soft metal that needs to be handled with care so that none of the tiles become permanently damaged. Once the tiles are clean and restored to their original condition, maintain them so that they remain damage-free in the future.


  • ladder
  • push broom
  • water hose
  • garden sprayer
  • vinegar
  • water
  • table salt
  • lemon juice
  • soft-bristled scrub brush
  • clear lacquer
  • paint roller
  • paint tray

Eliminate Debris And Apply The Cleaning Mixture

Set up a ladder next to the tool shed. Remove large pieces of debris by hand or with the help of a push broom. Rinse the roof’s surface off with a water hose to remove surface dirt. Prepare a cleaning mixture to eliminate the bird droppings. Remove the tank from a garden sprayer. Add a couple cups each of lemon juice, vinegar, and salt to the tank. Fill the rest of the tank with water. The cleaning mixture will not discolor the roofing tiles and will effectively remove the droppings. Spray a liberal amount of the cleaning mixture on the stained areas on each tile. 

Remove The Bird Droppings

Use a soft-bristled scrub brush to assist with removing the bird droppings. Use consistent pressure, but do not press down too hard on the brush because it could damage the copper tiles. Rinse the tiles off with a steady stream of water. Apply more of the cleaning mixture if there are still visible stains on some of the tiles. Wait for the roof to dry once it has been restored to its original condition. 

Maintain And Clean The Tiles Regularly

If you would like to prevent stains from forming on the tiles in the future, apply a coat of clear lacquer over them. Pour the lacquer in a paint tray and roll it across the tiles in straight lines. Wait several hours for the lacquer to dry.

If you do not want to apply lacquer to the tiles, however, you can keep them clean and stain-free by inspecting them regularly. Remove bird droppings and dirt with the cleaning mixture that you previously used, a scrub brush, and a water hose. As long as you are consistent and keep the roof clean throughout the year, severe staining will not occur and the tiles will last for years. 

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