Tree sap can be very challenging when it has to be cleaned. Practically, it is a nightmare to be removed from any surface. Once it dries, it becomes even more difficult to remove. Imagine a sticky residue which eventually becomes hard on your new t-shirt or carpet. Accidents do happen – you can bring some tree sap from outdoors on your shoe, for instance, and you should be well-prepared to act fast. The first thing you should remember is to moisten the spot with a towel paper or white cloth – let it sit for 1 – 2 hours. When you see that the stain is moist, you can proceed with its removal. Read on:
First of all, no matter what detergent you are using as you can find a different commercial option, test it on a small patch first. You should give time the cleaning agent to begin to work. If they are alcohol-based, you should leave them to dissolve the sap.
Let`s start with removing tree sap from fabric and clothing. Try scraping off as much of the tree sap as possible. Use a dull knife or spatula and be careful – you must not spread the spot further as you will just make the situation worse. You are recommended to pretreat the stain using a laundry stain remover. After that, launder on the hottest setting of your washing machine and for better results you can add colour safe bleach. Check out the stain after the cycle – if the spot is still visible, repeat. Don`t throw it in the dryer immediately, as this may result in setting the stain. If you don`t find this method efficient, blot the stain using rubbing alcohol and wash it again.
What about removing tree sap from wood surfaces? When speaking of patio furniture and decks, we should say that your safest bet is using castile oil soap. You can pour it on the stained area or use a mop is it too big. Before you scrub it, let it sit for few minutes. Use a soft brush and rinse thoroughly after that. This method is proven best when treating sealed wood.
When you have to remove some residues of sap from your skin, you have two options – use tea tree oil or baby oil. They will help you to get rid of the sticky substance without hassle.
When you have to deal with tree sap on your upholstery, you should be extra careful not to spread the stain further as you may not have other option but to call the professionals in upholstery cleaning. The first thing you should do is to scrape off the excess using a blunt knife. Your next step is to make a solution of a tablespoon dishwashing liquid diluted in about 1-2 cups of cool water. Sponge the spot with a clean white cloth and blot it – repeat this step until you fully remove the stain.
Let`s check what you should do when you have to remove tree sap from your carpet. If your carpet is made of synthetic fibres, you can repeat the same aforementioned method. Yet, if your carpet is made of natural fibres, you may need to book dry carpet cleaning as water can seriously damage delicate fabrics.
Can you imagine how terrible it is to get rid of this sticky substance from your hair? If the sap is still soft it can be removed using peanut butter – the same is valid when your pet has some sap on its coat. If the sap has dried, use your hairdryer on it (use the lowest setting) and apply some peanut butter. Let it sit for several minutes. Comb your hair with a comb with large teeth. After that, wash your hair (or pet!) as usual. The sap should be gone! Some people say the same procedure can be done with mayonnaise if you have a nut allergy.
Removing sap from your vehicle is definitely on the bottom of the list with most 'pleasant' activities. Your aim is to use the least amount of pressure in order to prevent the paint from scratching. You can use some nail polish remover. It is very likely the gloss of the paint to be removed together with the sap – you might need to apply polish and re-wax the surface. Another option is to use mineral spirits – again you have to polish and wax the car afterwards. Believe it or not, baking soda can be used while dealing with such a problem. Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply on the affected area. Let it sit for few minutes and wipe it with a clean cloth.
Now that you know how to handle each of the possible scenarios starring tree sap, you don`t have to worry every time you park your car under a tree or when your lovely four-legged friend comes back come with a sap spot on its fur!