How to Remove Tar
Tar stains happen and Eric Stromer has a great tip on how to get rid of them. What's his secret stain-fighting weapon? Kerosene. Tar and kerosene have similar chemical properties, which is why they work to dissolve each other. Here, Eric shows you his trade secrets on how to remove tar stains from carpet, upholstery and other surfaces with ease.
Step 1: Bust Out the Kerosene
Kerosene is an organic petroleum product similar to tar this chemical similarity is the reason why it is so effective in dissolving tar.
Step 2: Scrape
Using a putty knife or another flat hard object scrape up as much of the tar as possible.
Step 3: Glasses and Gloves
Put on some safety glasses and some chemically resistant gloves, kerosene is great for removing stains but you don’t want to get any on you.
Step 4: Sponge
Completely cover the tar stain with a folded piece of paper towel. Using a sponge, saturate the paper towel thoroughly with kerosene; the tar will be wicked up into the paper towel. Be sure and change the paper towels as they absorb the tar. When finished be sure and let air out to allow any remaining kerosene to dissipate.
Step 5: Tips
Kerosene is highly flammable so it is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher handy before you begin cleaning; also test a hidden spot of your carpet first, make sure the kerosene won’t discolor your flooring.
Items You'll Need
- Putty Knife
- Safety Glasses
- Chemically Resistant Gloves
- Paper Towels
- Fire Extinguisher