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A Clever and Effective Way to Clean Tar From Carpet

Dec 23rd 2014 at 4:53 AM

Some tough carpet stains normally require a professional carpet cleaning service. Take tar which is very, very difficult to remove with non-professional equipment. It is very sticky, durable and can withstand water. This makes it almost impossible to remove. However, there are some simple ways to help tackle this situation without having to hire a professional cleaning provider. In fact there are several household products which you can use to do the trick. Keep reading to find out how you can get rid of tar stains from your carpet very efficiently.

How to Clean Tar From the Carpet

Step 1: Blot the stain as soon as you discover it. Use different clean rags or cloths until you absorb most of the stain. To make things better, pour eucalyptus oil onto a small sponge and use it to blot the spot.

If the tar is bigger than a coin and has hardened, use ice cubes to loosen it. Ice will solidify the dirt, making it easy for you to scrape it off with a spoon or spatula. There is no need to use ice if the deposit is small. Just try to remove the tar using a spatula. However, if ice doesn't really do the trick, try replacing it with glycerine. Let the liquid soak well into the fibres to help deal with the tar more effectively. Let it work for an hour or so. Then blot the stain using paper towels. Vacuum the carpet to remove any other debris and remaining particles.


Step 2: The next step is to make a solution of water and dish soap. Use ¼ cup of soap and warm water. Pour a bit of the soap solution onto the troubled area and then rub with a clean cloth or sponge. It is important that you start at the outside of the stain. This will prevent the spot from spreading further into the fibres. Continue by working your way inward until you reach the centre of the stain.

Another way to do this is to use white foam shaving cream. Apply as much of it as necessary onto the stain and rub well. Take a sponge and soak it in water. Squeeze part of the water and rub the troubled area to remove the shaving foam. Rinse well, then dry with a towel. This method is created by ProCarpetCleaners.

Step 3: When you finish cleaning and drying, stack paper towel over the area and let it sit for a while to absorb any remaining water. Place a heavy object over the paper to enable it to work more effectively.

Repeat these steps until you remove the tar stain.

Things you will need:

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Ice cubes

  • Glycerine

  • Dry-cleaning solution (optional)

  • Eucalyptus oil (optional)

  • Dish soap

  • Paper towel

  • White shaving cream (optional)

  • Spoon, spatula or dull knife

  • Sponge and clean cloths

  • Water

Additional Tips:

Tar stains can also be removed with a dry cleaning solvent. You can select a cleaner at the store. To learn how to use it to get rid of the stains, read the manufacturer's instructions provided on the label.

Note that you should never apply water on the stain before you remove it. Make sure you remove any debris and particles before you apply any of the cleaning solutions mentioned above. If you use water too early, it may make the stain worse and more difficult or even impossible to remove.

If you can't deal with the tar stains on your own, call in experts to get the job done. They will use specialised equipment to tackle the problem professionally.

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