Removing Tree Sap from a Tombstone?

June 11, 2010

Old cemetery with tombstones and treesHow 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 Koelsch from Greenville, SC


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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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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, 20101 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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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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September 14, 20210 found this helpful

Orange cleaner and Dawn dish soap mixed together will do a nice job I put it on all sorts of Grave stones let it sit five Min then use a stiff brush to clean it off if that dont work a power washer will do the job with the cleaners.


I know what the so called Pro,s tell U what to use but this works and don't hurt the stone be sure to seal the stone after it dries with a stone sealer. I tried D2 stone cleaner wont waste my money on another bottle. Yes Tree roots will invade a grave and move even big stones
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