Fall is right around the corner, folks! And although this gives us plenty to look forward to, all seasons have their down-falls, no matter how swell of a year we’re having. When it comes to fall time, one such disadvantage is tree sap production. Fall is a great time of year for all sorts of outdoor activities thanks to the cooler weather and long, sunny days. But outdoor fun can be quickly spoiled once you realize you are covered in sticky tree resin. This stuff is unforgiving, stubborn, and it can ruin your favorite clothes.
Since there is no realistic method for preventing all tree sap mishaps, it is best to learn how to manage a “sticky” situation instead. All you have to do is learn some helpful and effective ways to get tree sap out of clothes. Continue reading to do just that!
What You Can Do About Tree Sap on Clothes
Have you ever got a piece of gum stuck in your hair and used peanut butter to remove it? Well, the process for tree sap removal is a bit similar when it comes to clothing; however, you will need something much stronger than a jar of Jiffy®! Continue reading to learn how to remove tree sap and similar resin stains on clothes and fabrics!
What You Will Need
The materials needed to remove tree sap include cotton balls, acetone nail polish remover, baking soda, undiluted oil soap, stiff-bristled broom or brush, a mop, water, a garden hose, even ice packs or a freezer, and even a butter knife! The materials you’ll require for tree sap removal will depend on where the sap is located. This uncoordinated combination of supplies may seem strange, but they are highly effective when administered properly!
Sap Removal Tips
When tree sap gets on your clothes, freeze it off! Place your sap-stained article of clothing inside the freezer for at least 2 hours, so that it completely freezes up. If you do not have a freezer (or simply no room like the rest of us!), then use ice cubes or ice packs instead. Place them on the affected areas and wait until they are frozen stiff.
After freezing, remove your article of clothing and wedge a butter knife in between the frozen sap and the fabric. Work your way in until the piece is free. Once the majority of sap is scrapped off, apply warm water and vinegar (white distilled preferably) to the spots, and then toss them in the washing machine with detergent.
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