There are many ways how to decorate your garden or backyard to be more attractive. One of them is by applying a bird bath. Whether you buy or make it by your own, it does not matter as long as it can attract birds to come. Usually, birds come to drink water or sometimes bathe. To keep it interesting, you have to clean it up regularly. Considering the importance of cleaning bird bath, in this article we will discuss how to clean a bird bath. In this case, we will not scrub the bird bath because it can cause scratches. If you are curious, here are the steps what you need to follow.
- Dump the Stagnant Water
The first step how to clean up a bird bath is by getting rid of stagnant water on your bird bath. If you do not clean it up for a few days, it may be filled by some organic materials like dirt, debris, algae, feces, etc. Just get rid of the old water and do not use it to water your plants and flowers at your garden. You cannot also throw away the old water onto your pound or pool.
- Rinse the Basin
After you dump the old water on the bird bath, now the next step how to clean a bird bath is that you need to rinse the basin of the bird bath. If there is debris, algae, or any stain, remove it from the basin. You can use a vacuum cleaner, sweeper, or anything else to make sure that the bird bath is completely clean. When you clean up the basin, make sure that you do it carefully to avoid starches because certain materials can be scratched easily. That is why it is not recommended to scrub your bird bath.
- Refill with New Water
Then, you need to refill the basin of your bird bath with new or fresh water. Make sure that the water is clean. It does not matter whether the water is cold or warm. In this step, you should refill the water until the bird bath is almost full. It functions to make sure that the affected area of your bird bath will be cleaned well.
- Add Bleach
Next, how to clean a bird bath up is to add bleach. You should add a cupful of bleach carefully on the basin filled with water. Make sure that the bleach is not spilled on the grass or plants around the bird bath. If needed, you can stir the water slowly, to make sure that the bleach is well mixed with the water. You can add bleach based on your desire. However, it should not be more than one and a half cups. Too much bleach is not good for the bird bath made of certain materials. So, you have to be careful in this step.
- Cover the Basin
The next step how to clean a bird bath is to cover the bird bath entirely. In this step, you can use a plastic trash bag. It functions to prevent birds coming, drinks and also bathe. If birds drink or bath, the water can cause danger because of the chemicals from the bleach mixed with water. It will be better if you use plastic trash bag with bag color so that birds will not be interested to come because they do not know that it is not a bird bath. However, you can also consider other materials to cover it such as board, paper, aluminum, etc.
- Leave It for a Few Minutes
After you are sure that the basin is covered entirely, the next step how to clean a bird bath is to let the mixture of water and bleach rinses the basin. So, you just need leave it for a few minutes. Ideally, to make sure that the bleach works well, it needs about 10 up to 15 minutes. However, you can also wait for it longer. During you wait for it, you can do your other activities freely. After 15 minutes, the dirt of the bird bath basin will be cleaned completely.
- Remove the Plastic Trash Bag
Now, you can remove the trash bag made of plastic that you use to cover the bird bath basin. When you remove the plastic trash bag, you will find that the basin is clean. However, if there is still debris, algae, dirt, or other stains, you can leave it again and let it soak for a few minutes more until the basin is really clean. So, it will be better that you leave it for more than 15 minutes until you are sure that the basin is clean well.
- Do Not Let Birds Coming
Dirty basin of bird bath is not interesting for birds. However, when the basin is clean again after you remove the plastic trash bag, it will look interesting again. So, you should not be surprised if the birds are attracted and come. However, you cannot let it happen. Even though the basin looks clean again, however the water contains chemicals and other dangerous materials from the bleach. So, do not let birds drink and bath on the bird bath at that time. You should keep staying there or cover it again if you want to leave it.
- Get Rid of the Water
Next, how to rinse a bird bath requires you to dump out the water. Because it contains chemicals, you cannot dump it out on the plants. If you do that, you have to be ready that your plants will dry or even die. You should also not dump it out near the bird feeding because birds or your other pets may drink it. Of course you do not want something unexpected happens to birds or other pets you have.
- Clean under the Running Water
After you get rid of the water, the next step how to clean a bird bath is to clean the basin. In this step, I suggest you to clean it up under the running water. I do not suggest you to rinse it on your pool especially if you have fish in the pool. Make sure that you use clean water to clean it up. So, the bird bath will be really clean.
- Sun Dry Your Bird Bath
After you clean your bird bath under the running water, now you should sun it dry. To make it dry faster, you can consider dry it using cloth. Rub it slowly and carefully until it is dry enough and then sun dry. You can also directly sun dry especially if the weather is really hot.
- Refill with Fresh Water
To sun dry, it may take a few minutes depending on the sun or weather. After it is dry, you can refill the bird bath with water. Make sure that you use clean and fresh water. So, it will be safe for birds that will drink and bath.
That is all how to clean a bird bath. It is easy, is not it? You do not need to scrub the surface of your bird bath and the result is very good. You can follow step above to your granite bird bath.