Bird baths are a lovely addition to any garden, front or rear. The tricky part is maintaining them. Like every other piece of outdoor decor or furniture, they are prone to damage from the elements as well as the usual dirt and grime build-up. This guide will help you keep your bird bath clean and in tip-top condition.
To properly clean a dirty bird bath, you'll require:
Begin by emptying the birdbath. Remove all of the water, afterwards remove any remaining pieces of debris by hand. Next, tip the birdbath to the side and lay it on the ground. Use the garden hose to thoroughly rinse down the entire structure of the bird bath. A more effective way, is to use a sprayer nozzle (if you have one) on its highest setting. After rinsing the bird bath once, use the appropriate scrub brush to scrub any dirt, grime and /or gunk from the surfaces. Afterwards, rinse the bird bath again.
Note: If you don't have a hose, fill a bucket with warm water and use it to rinse the bird bath while scrubbing the structure with the scrub brush.
This next step will help kill any mould, mildew and/or algae. First, dilute the bleach with large amounts of water: use 3/4 of a cup of bleach for each gallon of water you're going to use. This is necessary as birds are very sensitive to chemicals and you don't want to harm them.
Note: Wear rubber gloves while working with bleach.
Mix the solution in the bucket and stir it with a spoon. Afterwards, pour the bleach solution into the bird bath, making sure that the entire surface of the tub is covered. Pour the solution over any areas that have mildew/mould/algae growth and let it set for 15 minutes.
Note: Cover the bird bath with a drop cloth, so that no birds can use it while the bleach is still on the surface.
Now rinse the bird bad thoroughly, and make sure that ALL of the bleach solution has been properly washed off. The hose with the sprayer nozzle will prove to be very effective in rinsing down the bleach completely.
To make sure that all of the bleach is gone, let the birdbath sit for an hour until the bleach has evaporated completely. After you've made sure that the bleach is gone, refill the birdbath.
Be careful not to use any harsh chemicals to clean it! These might damage the birdbath permanently and you'll have to replace it.