How Can I Get Tree Sap Out of a Carpet?

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Sap has a gooey texture.
Sap has a gooey texture. (Image: tree sap image by David Smith from Fotolia.com)

Tree sap may seem frustrating to remove. It is sticky when wet, and once it's dry, it is similar to glue. Whether the tree sap is from a live Christmas tree -- or it came in on the dog's fur -- once it gets on your carpet, it will leave a stain. Removing the sap can be accomplished with a few household products, and a little time.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • 3 cloths
  • Knife
  • Dishwashing soap

Lay a paper towel, saturated in water, over the tree sap on the carpet. Allow the water to moisten the sap; leaving the towel covering the sap, for at least an hour.

Pick up loose pieces of sap that the water loosened. Use a knife to scratch at any big pieces, to break it up enough to pick it out of the carpet.

Dilute one tablespoon of dishwashing soap in two cups of cool water.

Blot the area of carpet that has sap on it, using the soapy-water mixture and a white cloth. You can use as much of the mixture as necessary. The soap and water should not damage the carpet. Blot the area, rather than rub, to avoid pushing the sap farther into the carpet fibers.

Continue blotting with the mixture, until it completely removes the sap.

Saturate a white cloth with water and wipe the area to remove the soapy-water.

Soak up the moisture, out of the carpet, with a dry white cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the soapy-water mixture does not work, try using undiluted rubbing-alcohol. Be careful to test the alcohol on a hidden area, to ensure it will not damage the carpet.

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