Tree sap is a very sticky substance that occurs in many types of trees. Pine trees have a high concentration of sap and are found in many homes around Christmas time. There are plenty of other trees branches and trees brought into the home throughout the year besides Christmas trees. If you have a fireplace in your home, bringing wood logs inside is a common occurrence. Some live decorative trees also leak sap when accidentally broken or damaged or when they are pruned. After it dries on the floor it may appear as a hard, yellow stain. While it is still wet it will be very sticky and walking across it will cause you to track it over the floor.
Laminate floors are a popular choice among flooring contractors, builders and homeowners. Laminate floors are sold under several brand names including Pergo, Armstrong, Wilsonart, Shaw along with many others. Laminate floors are manufactured to look like real wood, but claim to stand up better than wood to high traffic and daily wear and tear. Laminate floors are easy to care for, long lasting and highly durable. If you have sap marks on your laminate floor, you can see dirt, dust and debris sticks to it causing a big ugly dirty mess on the floor. When you try to remove it with plain soap and water, it is not very effective. If you have a sap stain on the floor, you want it removed as soon as possible. It takes the right household chemicals and cleaners and a little bit of elbow grease to return your floor to its previous clean and beautiful state.
Dip a clean, lint-free rag into acetone.
Acetone is sold as nail polish remover. Do not use a linty rag because you will then get little bits of lint stuck into it stain, making your floor look worse. Good choices for cleaning rags include microfiber or well worn cotton rags. Don't use paper towels because little bits and pieces of teh paper towel may stick to it making clean up more difficult.
Rub it stain, working from the outer rim of it toward the middle. Do not rub outward because you will spread it to other areas of the floor outside of the original sap mark. Avoid wiping back forth over it stain because you will smear it.
Continue to rub the stain and dip the rag into more acetone as needed until it dissolves and disappears.
Place the acetone soaked rag into a bucket of water to prevent fire as acetone is highly flammable.
After Removing it
Wash the area with your flooring manufacturer's approved floor cleaner. Many laminate floor manufacturer's make their own cleaners.
If you do not have the manufacturer's recommended cleaner use a little mild dish soap and water on a rag to clean off the acetone residue. Follow immediately by wiping several times with a damp rag and dry thoroughly.
Do not leave water or excessive moisture sitting on the floor. It will cause the floor to turn a whitish color.
Do's and Don't's
Do not smoke when using acetone.
Do extinguish all candles and open flames while using acetone.
Do not use acetone near pilot lights.
Do ventilate the room when using acetone.
Do not use abrasive cleansers or steel wool to clean your laminate floor.
Do not scrape sap off the surface of the laminate because you will scratch the floor.
Do protect floors when bringing in firewood, putting up a Christmas Tree or caring for indoor trees.
Do clean up sap from the floor as soon as you notice it.
Do use clean, lint-free rags.