If you have ever spent time taming shrubs and bushes in the back garden, or parked under a tree on a hot day, you know the struggle of tree sap. This sticky, sugary liquid oozes from trees during the summer months, and can very easily get stuck to clothing, cars, tools and other objects. When the sap dries and hardens, it becomes even tougher to remove, so it is important to catch it early if you can.
If you’re in a sticky situation, our handy guide below contains hints and tips on how to remove tree sap without damaging your precious belongings.
How To Remove Tree Sap From Cars
Tree sap can cause real issues when left to harden on your car. If you catch the ooze early, you can simply wipe it away with a damp cloth or blast it away with a hose. It’s a good precautionary measure to wash the area with warm soapy water to ensure no sticky residue is left behind. However, if the sap has already hardened, it may have bonded to your car’s paintwork. Don’t panic! One of the 2000+ uses for is to remove tree sap.
For stubborn sap stains, shake the can well and spray liberally over the affected area. Cover the region with cling film or a large paper towel to allow the product to sit and work for around five minutes. Once this time has passed, simply wipe away the remaining tree sap to reveal a clean, sap-free surface. Be sure to always follow up with a quick wash using warm soapy water, so that no product or sap residue remains.
How To Remove Tree Sap From Clothing
Tree sap tends to cling to anything it comes into contact with, so when you are doing some garden maintenance or decorating your natural Christmas tree, the sticky solution may end up on your clothing. If you happen to find some residue on your Sunday best, WD-40 can help.
Simply shake the can well and douse the affected area with WD-40 Multi-Use Product. Allow the product to soak for around 10 minutes, and then launder the item as usual with detergent. Ensure you follow the washing instructions for each item closely and allow it to air dry after washing, if possible. Et Voila! Clean, sap free clothes.
How To Remove Tree Sap From Tools
When working close to nature, tools such as saw blades and trimmers will inevitably come into contact with tree sap. Whilst this isn’t the end of the world, it can negatively affect the efficiency and power of your equipment.
When removing tree sap from saw blades and sharp metal objects, always ensure you wear gloves and eye protection. Spray WD-40 Multi-Use Product directly onto the affected surfaces and allow the product time to work. Use a scrubbing tool such as a high-density bristle brush to work the sap off of the blade, and finish with a quick rinse with warm soapy water. You’ll be back to work in no time!
How To Remove Tree Sap From Flooring
Sticky floors are annoying at the best of times, but even more so if they are caused by tree sap. Tree sap may make its way indoors through house plants, Christmas trees, or even on the bottom of your shoes, so you need to take extra precautions, so it doesn’t leave lasting damage on your expensive flooring.
Hard Wood Flooring
Hardwood floors are more likely to take damage from hardened tree sap, as careless removal can result in chipping or splintering the surface, which can be unsightly. To remove the sap safely, spray WD-40 Multi-Use Product liberally over the affected surface and allow some time for it to soak in. Use a soft, damp cloth to carefully buff away the sticky residue. If any remains, repeat the process as needed.
Concrete Tiles And Flooring
Concrete surfaces are also at risk of chipping and breaking if the sap is removed without caution. Apply WD-40 Multi-Use Product to the concrete and buff in using a densely bristled brush. When the sap is visibly gone, use a hose or pressure washer to rinse the area thoroughly, and consider washing with warm soapy water to ensure the area is completely free from sap. You can also apply another layer of WD-40 Multi-Use Product to act as a barrier layer from any future residue, to make removal even easier next time!
Tree sap can be difficult to deal with, especially when it hardens and bonds to surfaces. When nature strikes, with these tips, you can maintain your belongings and get them back to new in no time! For more ideas on how to use WD-40® all around your home and garden, visit our blog.