Nothing clears your mind more like setting off on a good hike in the mountains. Wondrous things can happen when you spend a little time with nature.
But it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Like when you find sticky patches of tree sap all over your brand new clothes.
Removing a sap stain can turn into countless hours of washing if not done properly, not to mention the risk of damaging your clothes. Believe me, I’ve been there!
I’m going to show you some super easy ways to get rid of that yucky tree sap from your clothes.
How to Get Tree Sap Out of Clothes?
It can be rather hard to remove tree sap and/or pitch from clothing because it adheres to your clothes fabric when it dries up. It’s recommended to scrape the sap off your skin or clothes while it is still sticky.
You can use an unsharpened knife or spoon to scratch off the excess goo from your clothes. Then you can drench a handkerchief or cotton ball with alcohol, and coat the stained areas until they are no longer visible.
Different Cleaning Methods
It’s pretty likely that you don’t have the items handy when you taint your clothes with sap, and therefore you must wait until you’re home in order to clean it. A stubborn stain still remains even after immediately removing the tree sap.
Either way, there are certain items and techniques that you can apply to effectively scrape sap and pitch off your clothes.
In some cases, you can use hand sanitizer like shown in this video.
Does Tree Sap Come out in the Wash?
If you follow the correct procedures before putting your sap-stained clothes in the washing machine, it’s highly probable that the stain will be gone in one or two washing cycles. However, it will be extremely challenging to remove a sap stain only using water.
While hot water is known to remove tough stains, like oil and ink, it might not be enough to remove sticky substances like sap and pitch.
For this reason, always try to use cleaners, stain removers, or other methods before throwing your clothes in the washing machine.
How to Get Sap Out of Clothes After Drying?
The only way to remove dried sap stains is through the use of clear ammonia, or various attempts of rubbing alcohol. Sometimes, you are able to remove sap stains immediately with ammonia for the first time.
However, some stains are tough and may require more cycles to fully remove it. Don’t fret and eventually, the stain will come out!