If you have attracted birds to your cement bird bath, it is just as important to keep them coming there with these simple cement bird bath cleaning tips. A bird likes clean and clear water. Due to factors such as bird droppings, algae, dust, and dirt, bird baths can become contaminated. Wild birds can contact diseases if the water remains dirty. If you notice that the water or cement becoming greenish, then it is time to clean your bird bath.
A healthy solution for both the environment and the birds is to mix vinegar and water together; 1 teaspoon of vinegar into 1 gallon of water. First rinse the bath out and pour the vinegar and water solution into the bath, letting it soak for up to 15 minutes. Use a cleaning solution, such as a splash of bleach or something from a backyard birding supplier, along with a brush, such as a toilet brush or pot scrubber, to scrub out the water reservoir while rinsing thoroughly.
What to Do about Algae
Inserting water plants into your cement bird bath such as water lettuce and water hyacinth can keep the algae at bay. Another tip is to place copper into the bath, since copper is known to retard the algae. This can be in the form of a pipe or a few pennies.