Whether you brought a tree into the house to grow, hauled in some fireplace logs or had your Christmas tree sitting on the carpet or hauled it across the carpet and got tree sap stains, does not matter. The tree sap stains look terrible and ruin the entire look of your carpet or rug. Tree sap stains are sticky and every piece of lint, dust and dirt will stick to it making an ugly mess. Tree sap also sets itself into the rug or carpet fibers and makes them look stiff. The hard part is, how do you get rid of the tree sap that is on the surface of your carpet. Actually, that is not the hard part. It is fairly easy to remove tree sap from carpets and rugs without damaging them. There really is no hard part when it comes to cleaning tree sap stains off the carpeting and out of the fibers.
You Will Need:
Isopropyl alcohol known as rubbing alcohol
White paper towels
Cleaning Pine Sap or Other Tree Sap
Soak the corner of a clean rag in isopropyl alcohol. You can find isopropyl alcohol in the pharmacy, grocery store or maybe even a convenience store. It is sold under the name rubbing alcohol.
Dab at the tree sap stain with the soaked rag. Dip the rag into the rubbing alcohol again and dab at the carpet stain. Keep dipping and dabbing at the tree sap stain until it loosens its grip from the fibers in the carpet or rug. It will take a few minutes of working at the stain to remove the sticky tree sap. It may take a little longer if you have a lot of dust, lint or dirt stuck to the sticky sap.
Cleaning The Carpet
Use a plastic knife to scrape away the loosened tree sap. Dab at the tree sap until it is gone.
Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap into a cup of warm water. Stir to blend it. Dip a clean sponge into the soapy water and blot the carpet or rug.
Place a thick stack of white paper towels or several clean rags over the area and press on it to remove the moisture. Dip the sponge into the water, blot the area and soak up with white paper towels or a clean rag 4 to 5 times to remove the isopropyl alcohol residue.
Place a layer of paper towels or clean rags over the area and put a heavy weight on top to wick the excess water and moisture out f the carpet. Leave the weight in place overnight.
Do's and Don't's
Do not smoke while using isopropyl alcohol. Do not work near a lit candle, pilot light or any other type of open flame because the alcohol is flammable. Because it is flammable, it is very important to follow the cleaning of tree sap with blotting the carpet with soapy water to flush away the remains of the alcohol or you can spark a fire.
Do not use colored or printed paper towels because you can transfer the dye from the paper towels to the carpet leaving behind a worse stain.
Do not use dyed rags because they can also transfer color to your carpet. Tree sap stains are easier to remove from your carpet than dye stains.
Do blot and dab the stain rather than rub. Rubbing can damage the carpet fibers.
Do protect the carpets and rugs in the house when tyou bring a tree, tree branches or firewood into the house.
Do use a tree skirt to protect your carpet or rug.