Christmas can be a magical time of year with lots of traditions, festivities and good times with friends and family. If one of your traditions is decorating a real tree, you know how sap can stain everything including your floors, rugs and of course your Christmas tree skirt. 

The good news is that there are ways to safely remove these sap stains so they don’t zap your holiday cheer… 

Tree Skirts

In most cases, tree skirts are very delicate and hard to clean because of all of the beads, sequins and lace they’re decorated with. That being said, here’s a way to get that sap out.

Use a butter knife to scrape away as much tree sap as you can from the skirt without pressing too hard and damaging the fabric. Next, take a bowl of two cups of water and one tablespoon of natural detergent and mix the two together. Dip a soft white cloth inside the bowl and let it absorb the water/detergent mix before wringing out the excess liquid.

Gently dab at the tree sap. Applying a slight amount of pressure can help draw the sap onto the cloth. Keep dabbing until the sap is no longer visible. Once this step is completed, turn on your kitchen sink, keeping the water cold, and rinse the detergent out of the affected area. Be careful to keep non-affected areas dry. Finally, use a dry cloth to soak up any remaining water by pressing firmly on the wet spot of the tree skirt.

Rugs
Again, scraping off any excess sap from your rug with a butter knife is a good place to start. This is especially effective if the sap is dry and hard. Another technique is to dissolve the sap by applying a small amount of dishwashing detergent to the stained area. Be sure to test the detergent on an inconspicuous part of your rug to make sure it doesn’t discolor.

Next, take a warm damp cloth and gently dab the affected area. Continue to repeat the process until the sap is gone. Once you’re done, remove any remaining detergent and water from the rug by first patting with a clean wet cloth, followed by a dry towel. Stepping on the towel is a good way to soak up excess water.

Hardwood & Laminate Floors
Ice is an effective way to remove sap from your floors. Simply make a zip-lock bag of ice cubes and place the bag on top of the sap for several minutes. Make sure the bag is sealed well so you don’t water damage your flooring!

Next, pick at the hardened sap with a plastic knife or fingernail. Remove as much sap as possible, while being sure you don’t scratch or ding your floor. If there is any sap left, pour a small amount of oil soap onto the tree sap. Be sure to use just enough oil soap to completely cover the sap. Let the oil soap soak through the sap for about 15 minutes. Now, scrub the sap stain with a nylon-bristled brush, starting with a low amount of pressure, working the sap harder only if necessary. Once done, wipe the flooring with a clean, damp sponge and dry completely.

We hope these tips on sap removal help. Thank you for visiting Klinke Cleaners, and happy holidays!