that we’re at least on the same calendar page as
spring, it’s time to tackle a reader’s question
about removing pine sap from her car. Thanks to all for
Davidson says that she makes Christmas wreaths and rubs
her hands with olive oil to remove the sap.
Nair of Roanoke, Va., says any kind of vegetable oil, as
well as peanut butter, would work. Let the oil soak into
the sap spots overnight to loosen them.
Grantham of Tallahassee, Fla., uses rubbing alcohol,
putting some on a soft cloth and rubbing gently. If
there’s some haze, the sap is still there, she says,
so you might go over the area with a little car wax. It
works on windshields and glass, too. Road tar? Try
Ritz solved a similar problem with Bluemagic Road Tar
& Bug Gel ($5 at Pep Boys). The product claims to
safely remove road tar, tree sap, and bird droppings
without damage to car and truck finishes, including
clear coats, plastic, and fiberglass.
Amrhine in Fredericksburg, Va., says lemon oil would
probably work. It is sold under the name Goo Gone.
A small Queen Anne chair began to put out an odor that
is quite offensive and brings to mind the smell you
notice when entering an antiques shop.
researching on the Internet, we sealed the chair in a
plastic bag with lava rocks inside for two weeks. It did
not help. Later, it was placed indirectly in the
sunlight for several weeks, and it made a slight
improvement. It has been reupholstered over the original
fabric and padding.
let me know if I can save this sentimental chair or will
it have to be disposed of? We have had it in our
possession for 20 years without any odor.
Everyone suggests baking soda, so you might want to try
it. We would always use it on the carpet when the dog
had an accident, and it worked to a point.
the odor emanating from the wood or the upholstery? The
upholstery might have gotten damp, since putting it in
the sunlight helped, and that musty smell might be mold
a furniture expert is next.