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Removing Tree Sap from a Tombstone

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Tree sap can often be fairly easily removed from many surfaces, using a variety of products that act as solvents. This is a guide about removing tree sap from a tombstone.


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June 11, 2010

How do you remove evergreen tree sap stains from a granite grave stone? My parents' stone is under a pine tree, and the sap has turned part of the stone black.

By Charles from Greenville, SC

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June 15, 20100 found this helpful
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Granite is a porous stone. I would contact a monument company and have them clean it and see if there's something they can seal it with.

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Try GooGone. I don't know what it will do to the granite, but it will remove the sap.

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June 11, 20100 found this helpful

I would try vinegar to remove the sap. My car was covered with sap and vinegar got it off without too much effort. As far as the staining, if the granite is smooth or not too porous, try a damp Mr. Clean magic eraser. Might sound too simple but it's worth a try because I just used one to take blue permanent marker off of my parents' brand new solid wood dining table. They never found out my daughter was coloring at that table when her ink bled through! I have to tell you I was sceptical but also desperate so I tried and it worked!

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June 15, 20100 found this helpful

I would contact the caretaker of the cemetery, maybe they have an idea, also they may remove the tree. How can the tree be there, roots possibly growing into the grave sites, caskets? If roots can penetrate our water/sewer pipes, they have no invasion problem anywhere else.

Cemetery stone is an expensive item to replace ($3000-5000) in the very least. Be careful of what you use. We just use water and paper towel. Elbow grease.

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