How to Remove Pine Resin

Updated February 21, 2017

When it comes to taking care of your home, you want to do all you can to remove spots and stains. Pine resin, or pine tar, is not like any other element that causes stains. It is sticky and dark, which makes it hard to remove both the resin itself and the colour of the stain. All you need are a few simple materials found in your home to get the job done.

Pour dry solvent on pine-tarred area and pat it into the spot with your sponge and some water.

Combine a few drops of washing powder and a measured cup of warm water.

Dab the detergent/water mixture onto the spot, and then let it dry or stand for about 30 minutes.

Wash the fabric in your washer and only use the dryer if it will not shrink.

Pour rubbing alcohol on your dry cloth and dab the upholstery pine tar stain.

Combine one tablespoon of dish detergent and one cup of cool water.

Dab the stain with this solution until soaked and the pine tar is lifted.

Blot the spot with cold water and let it dry.


Do not use chlorine-based detergents or bleaches. They can create strong scents that may harm you when inhaled.

Things You'll Need

  • For fabric:
  • Sponge
  • Dry/powdered cleaning solvent
  • Warm water
  • Measuring cup
  • Liquid washing powder
  • Ammonia
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • For upholstery:
  • Dry cloth
  • Sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish detergent
  • Cool water
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