Tree sap comes in two forms -- xylem and phloem -- and is the life-blood of trees, carrying nutrients from the roots to the branches and foliage. It is also the annoying and sticky goo that leaks from a Christmas or ornamental tree onto your indoor and outdoor tile flooring. Manpower, soap and water are not enough to remove tree sap from your tile, and they might actually make the issue worse. Fortunately, it is possible to remove tree sap from your tile floors without causing damage.
Things You'll Need
- Ice cubes or frozen vegetables
- Plastic scraper
- Automotive lubricant
- Soapy rag
Set a bag of ice cubes or frozen vegetables directly onto the sap stain. Allow it to remain for 10 to 15 minutes. The ice solidifies the sap, making it easier to lift from the tile.
Scrape the frozen sap off the tile floor with a plastic paint scraper, paying attention to avoid pressing down hard on the scraper and causing damage to the tile.
Examine the flooring for any remaining sap residue. Spray the residue with a light coating of automotive lubricant. Allow the lubricant to penetrate the residue for 10 minutes.
Wipe away the automotive lubricant with a soapy rag.