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Old 05-28-2015, 09:03 PM   #1
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Cow poop removal?

Hi, does anyone know the best way to remove dried cow poop from the surface of a 1977 Trillium Trailer? We drove to a great campground, but had to drive over a dirt road with fresh cow pies on it to get to the site. Now, two days later, the cow pop has dried to the consistency of concrete in the wheel wells and on the front of the trailer where it splattered up from our tow vehicle.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:12 PM   #2
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The material is totally water soluble. A hose with a spray nozzle and it will come off. If you have access to a pressure washer, it will be an easier job.
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Hi Bill, THAT is one question I've never seen here. If it were me I'd just soak it down with water, should drop off.....for the most part. Hopefully there won't be any stains. Should be easier than removing dead bugs though.
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Hi Bill, THAT is one question I've never seen here. If it were me I'd just soak it down with water, should drop off.....for the most part. Hopefully there won't be any stains. Should be easier than removing dead bugs though.
All good suggestions here. If the water doesn't work a friend on this forum recommended 3M restorer and wax. Has a polishing compound and wax in it and it is the stuff? Used it to get spare tire rub marks off the back of my trailer. Pricey but great stuff!
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:41 PM   #5
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I live on a gravel road in Rural Ontario (have my whole life). Rest assured the manure will come off with water, maybe a soft brush or sponge. Or like me and my neighbours, you could just wait for the rain!
I'll take cow poop over dog poop any day...
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Hi, does anyone know the best way to remove dried cow poop from the surface of a 1977 Trillium Trailer?
LOL, we had the same issue after drive behind a manure spreader years ago in rural Quebec. We had a pop up at the time so washed it off well at 1st chance.
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I can attest to the fact that it can be washed off, although it can be a lot of work. While driving the La Sal Loop near Moab I ran into a cattle drive. The cowboys (and girls) waved me through, which was an experience being part of a cattle drive in my tow vehicle. Even driving at the speed of the moving cows, lots of "splatter" to the undercarriage. It took 3-4 trips to the car wash to completely get rid of both the stuff & the smell...
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Park the trailer in your garden and wash off the free fertilizer! Simple!!
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Old 05-29-2015, 06:32 PM   #9
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It'll wash right off with water. Were you in Okanogan County?
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If it doesn't want to hose off at first, you can get it wet, wait a bit for it to soak up the water (soften), then spray it off. Same principle as soaking a pan with baked-on crud.
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Ahhhh,,, that a bunch of crap
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I just happened to work a dairy farm or two in my misspent youth and cleaned a few milking parlor walls. We would soak everything down with warm water, go have coffee and come back to pressure wash. Always from the top down with the sprayer nozzle in really close for max power and aimed at a 45 degree angle away from you. It acts like a chisel to lift it off. Always work in one direction not back and forth otherwise you blast it back onto the bit you've already washed and yourself. Where there was stubborn residue we would sponge/scrub with a mild? acid solution... same stuff we sanitized the milk tank with. You might try white vinegar if you have trouble or discolored patches especially on a light color and it will help cut the smell. I can tell you how to get it out of your coveralls as well if you are interested. LOL
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I just happened to work a dairy farm or two in my misspent youth and cleaned a few milking parlor walls. We would soak everything down with warm water, go have coffee and come back to pressure wash. Always from the top down with the sprayer nozzle in really close for max power and aimed at a 45 degree angle away from you. It acts like a chisel to lift it off. Always work in one direction not back and forth otherwise you blast it back onto the bit you've already washed and yourself. Where there was stubborn residue we would sponge/scrub with a mild? acid solution... same stuff we sanitized the milk tank with. You might try white vinegar if you have trouble or discolored patches especially on a light color and it will help cut the smell. I can tell you how to get it out of your coveralls as well if you are interested. LOL
Can't add anything to this, I've never worked on a dairy farm, but my brother-in-law has one that my niece now runs. This is exactly how it is done!
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Thanks for the reply. We'll give it a whirl with the hose today.
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