How do you remove pine sap from clothing?


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To remove pine sap from clothing, apply rubbing alcohol or non-sudsing ammonia to the stain with a soft cloth, and allow it to remain on the garment for several minutes. Wash the garment as you normally would and with the hottest water possible. Multiple treatments may be required for large or very sticky stains, requiring several hours for complete removal.

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  1. Apply ammonia or alcohol

    Pour a small amount of ammonia or alcohol onto the stain, and blot the area surrounding the pine sap. Turn the clothing inside-out, and apply the stain remover to the back of the clothing to ensure the cleaner penetrates the fibers of the garment. Allow the cleaner to remain on the clothing for several minutes.

  2. Rinse the garment

    Using the hottest water recommended on the care label, rinse the stained area thoroughly.

  3. Wash the garment

    Wash the garment in the hottest water recommended. Do not use laundry products that contain chlorine bleach if the garment has been treated with ammonia. Ammonia and bleach can create toxic fumes when mixed.

  4. Check the stained area

    Allow the garment to air dry, and check the stained area. If the stain is visible, reapply the stain treatment, and wash as recommended on the care label.

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