How to Get Pine Tar Out of Polyester

by Sara Tetreault

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.

Items you will need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bug spray
  • Peanut butter
  • Soft cloth
Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

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.

About the Author

Sara Tetreault has worked as a marketing copywriter and editor since 2006. She has written copy for public health organizations, Yankee Retail, and Oce North America. Tetreault received her Master of Arts degree in early modern culture and literature from the University of Sussex and obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.