How to Get Pine Tar Out of Polyester


Getting pine tar or sap on your clothing can be very irritating, especially when it comes time to remove it. Removing pine tar from polyester clothing or other materials, such as car seats, is possible as long as you have the right ingredients and tools. You can use items found right in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bug spray
  • Peanut butter
  • Soft cloth

Apply rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer (with alcohol) to a cloth. Rub the cloth on the pine tar to remove the sap. After you have removed all the sap with the cloth, wash the piece of clothing as you regularly would.

Place 1/2 tsp. of peanut butter onto the tar and rub it in with your hands. Massage the peanut butter into the clothing to loosen the sap from the fabric. Wash it off with cool water to make sure the sap has been completely removed.

Spray certain bug sprays, such as OFF! Deep Woods, directly onto the tar. Rub the area gently to remove the spot.

Launder the fabric as you normally would, once the sap is gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that you remove all pine tar from an article of clothing before adding it to a washing machine full of other clothes. If you don't, it will get onto the other clothes.

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