The traditional side of me loves a real Christmas tree. I think it comes down to the scent. The pine aroma triggers memories of dad bringing in a tree from the backyard, Christmas morning, and that one year went to a tree farm in my dad’s truck with all of us squashed together. As an adult I appreciate the effort my parents put forth to bring a tree in, keep it watered, and clean up after, it’s artificial all the way these days!
As the post holiday clean up begins we have gathered some tips for removing tree sap that has surely found it’s way onto your walls, carpet, clothing, and HAIR.
Carpet and Clothing:
Our go to remover for tree sap is Purell or any antibacterial hand gel. Blot it in gently then, when the sap has hardened, scrape off. Wash as usual. Make sure the sap is completely gone before drying. If some is left on the clothing, the heat from the dryer can soften the sap and transfer it to other articles of clothing. Hence, making more work for you.
Alcohol based removers, like Purell, can be hard on paint. Instead try a small amount of an oily substance, such as baby oil or mayonnaise to dissolve the sap. Then use Dawn or any mild dish detergent to remove the oil.
Sap in your hair is the worst. Try using an oily substance (ex olive oil) to dissolve the sap. If it has completely hardened put your blow dryer on it to soften first. Work it into the hair, then let it sit to soften. Gently work the sap out with your fingers. Wash as usual.