How to Clean Bird Droppings on Headstones
How to Clean Bird Droppings on Headstones

When it comes to preserving the beauty and dignity of your loved one’s memorial, one common challenge that caretakers and memorial owners often face is the presence of bird droppings on headstones.

At Memorial Aftercare, serving South Wales, Bristol, and Herefordshire, we understand the importance of maintaining these sacred spaces – we also have the answer to the very common query of “how do you clean bird droppings on headstones?”.

In this guide, we will provide you with expert tips and techniques to effectively and safely clean bird droppings on memorials and restore the pristine appearance of the headstones.

Alternatively, you can always leave the memorial cleaning work to us professionals with one of our memorial maintenance plans.

Watch: A Guide to Cleaning Bird Droppings on Headstones

Understanding the Impact of Bird Droppings

Bird droppings not only detract from the visual appeal of the headstone but can also cause potential damage over time.

The acidic nature of bird droppings can corrode and stain the stone surface, leading to discoloration and deterioration.

It is crucial to address this issue promptly to ensure the longevity and proper care of the stone memorial.

Preparing for Cleaning

Before initiating the cleaning process, it is important to first understand what type of stone material the memorial is made from.

This is because memorials are typically made from either a hard stone (such as granite), or a softer stone (such as sandstone or limestone).

The actual cleaning process for each stone material is generally the same and should always be carried out with care, but with softer stone the clean must be performed very delicately so as not to cause any accidental damage or scratching to the memorial.

You will then need to gather the necessary supplied.

Here are the memorial cleaning items you will need:

  • Mild detergent or stone-safe cleaner
  • Soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Plastic scraper or spatula
  • Clean water

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

Assess the Situation:

Begin by examining the extent of the bird droppings on the headstone. Determine if they are fresh or dried. Fresh droppings can be relatively easier to remove, while dried droppings may require more effort.


Gently scrape off any excess droppings using a plastic scraper or spatula. Be cautious not to scratch or damage the stone surface.

Prepare the Cleaning Solution:

Mix a small amount of mild detergent or stone-safe cleaner with clean water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can cause harm to the stone.

Apply the Cleaning Solution:

Dip a soft-bristle brush or sponge into the cleaning solution, and gently scrub the affected areas. Work in small sections and apply moderate pressure to avoid causing any damage.

Rinse Thoroughly:

Once you have cleaned the bird droppings, rinse the headstone thoroughly with clean water. Ensure all traces of the cleaning solution and droppings are removed.

Drying and Inspection:

Allow the headstone to air dry naturally. Once dry, inspect the stone to ensure all residue has been effectively removed. If necessary, repeat the cleaning process for stubborn stains.

Additional Tips for Memorial Aftercare

Regular Maintenance:

Implement a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule to prevent the build-up of bird droppings and other debris on the headstone. Here at Memorial Aftercare, we offer a range of ongoing memorial maintenance plans to ensure your memorial receives the utmost care and attention it deserves throughout the year.

Protective Measures:

Consider using protective coatings or sealants specifically designed for stone surfaces to provide an extra layer of defence against stains and deterioration.

Professional Assistance:

For more complex cleaning or restoration needs, it is advisable to seek professional assistance from experts in memorial aftercare services. We possess the knowledge, experience, and specialised equipment to handle delicate cleaning processes and address specific challenges effectively.

Cleaning bird droppings from headstones is an essential part of memorial aftercare. By following these expert tips, you can ensure that your loved one’s memorial remains in a pristine condition, paying tribute to their memory for years to come. Remember to adopt regular maintenance practices and seek professional assistance when needed to preserve the integrity of these sacred spaces.

Are you interested in learning more about our memorial aftercare plans? If so, simply call 03301 248 519, e-mail, or complete our online enquiry form. We serve cemeteries across South Wales, Bristol, and Herefordshire, and have a dedicated team who are ready to help.

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