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How to Get Pine Sap Off a Table

Tabitha Harwell

Pine sap comes from pine trees and offers a sweet odor but a sticky mess if touched. The sap, which can stick to virtually anything, may get caught on your arm or hands after working outside and make its way onto the table, creating a sticky mess for you to clean. Remove the sap using items that are in your medicine cabinet, or use cleaning supplies you have on hand. When removing sap remember to be gentle on tables that contain varnish to prevent the varnish from being removed.

There is no pine sap season but it is most abundant in early spring.
  1. Remove pine sap from wood tables using Murphy Oil Soap. The vegetable-based soap does not contain ammonia or detergents so it should not remove varnish from wood tables. Apply the soap directly to the pine sap and leave alone for 15 minutes.

  2. Pour vegetable oil on the area if you do not have Murphy Oil Soap. The vegetable oil will help to loosen the sap on the table but may take longer to remove than the soap.

  3. Scrub the area with a soft brush to remove the sap. If the sap persists, pour more soap on the area and allow to sit for another 15 minutes and repeat scrubbing.

  4. Rinse the area with clean, cool water and dry.

  5. Apply rubbing alcohol, non-acetone nail polish remover or vegetable oil to tables that contain tile or marble. Leave the remover on the sap for 15 minutes and rub with a soft brush.

  6. Rinse the area with clean, cool water to remove any reside. If the sap persists, repeat the process.