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How To Remove Pine Sap From Linoleum Floors

Updated on November 27, 2011

Linoleum floors are a great flooring option inside of a home. Linoleum comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns that can fit into your decorating needs. Linoleum stands up very well to high traffic. Linoleum floors do not require a lot of care or maintenance. General cleaning including sweeping, vacuuming, dust mopping and damp mopping are usually all that is needed to keep your floors as beautiful as the day they were installed.

Linoleum can get sticky spots from spills or drips or even from Pine sap. Pine sap can get on linoleum floors by bringing pine branches for decorative purposes, bringing in pine firewood, bringing home the holiday tree or even from pine sap residue on the bottoms of your shoes. Pine sap is a sticky mess. Leaving pine sap on the floor will let the sticky sap stain collect dust, dirt, lint and other debris. After everything collects in the pine sap drops, you will have unsightly dirty and sticky marks on your linoleum floor.

You may have tried other cleaning methods such as a wet rag, mop, detergent or all-purpose cleaners and still have been left with a sticky mess on the floor.

Thankfully, it is easy to clean up pine sap from linoleum flooring, if you use the right method.

Spray WD-40 onto the sticky mess even if there is lint and other debris stuck in it.

Let the WD-40 sit and soak into the pine sap for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure no one in your house steps in it because WD-40 is slippery on the bottoms of shoes.

Use a stiff piece of plastic such as a kitchen spatula or the edge of a credit card to scrape off the pine sap.

Squirt a little bit of an all-purpose cleaner on a scrubby nylon sponge and scrub the area to remove any remaining pine pitch. Wipe the floor dry with a clean, soft rag.

Generously sprinkle cornstarch or flour over the area to absorb the remaining WD-40 residue. Let the flour or cornstarch sit there for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sweep up the flour or cornstarch and throw it away.


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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Funny you should write this... I just posted a hub on this, very topic, i hope you do nto mind if i link this to it. it is called 50 Ways to Use WD-40: Home Remedies. feel free to link up to mine if you like. Thanks. Voted up and useful