Hot or warm tar can become stuck onto your shoes and transfer to the other surfaces you walk on. One of those surfaces may be the carpeting in your house. Tar stains begin as sticky clumps and as they dry, they harden into black deposits ground into the carpeting. They show up on basically any color carpet. Tar stains are a goopy looking black mess and can be extremely difficult to remove if you use the wrong products. There are many ways to remove tar, but many are dangerous and are a fire hazard. These hazardous home remedies include kerosene, gasoline, mineral spirits and paint thinner along with many other solvent based liquids. While the solvents are quite effective on tar, they are all highly flammable and they also emit dangerous fumes. These solvents are best used outside of a home in areas where there are no open flames from pilot lights, candles and sparks. There is an easier and much safer way to get tar to release its bond with your carpet fibers. You most likely already have these products in your house.
Safely Removing Tar from Carpets
Warm a few tablespoons of olive oil. Place the olive oil into a small lidded jar such as a baby food jar. Tighten the cap on the jar a place the jar into a bowl, pot or larger jar of hot water. Do not use boiling water just the hottest water that comes out of your faucet.
Carefully remove the jar from the hot water and uncap it.
Use an eye dropper to add a few drops of the warmed olive oil to the tar stains.
Allow the olive oil to remain on the stain and work to loosen the tar from the carpet fibers. This usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
Fold up paper towels and blot up the oil and soft tar.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to the tar stain, drop by drop to cover the stain. Allow the Eucalyptus essential oil to remain on the tar stain for 2 to 3 minutes.
Blot the Eucalyptus oil and more softened tar up with paper towels.
Add a few more drops of Eucalyptus oil to the spot if the tar stains remain and blot up. Continue to add the oil, wait 2 to 3 minutes and blot until there are no tar stains left on the carpet. Use new paper towels each time you blot up the tar to avoid creating new tar stains on the carpet.
Removing the Residue
Generously sprinkle the oily residue with cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Vacuum the cornstarch off the carpeting. Repeat if there is still a visible oil stain.
Mix 1 tablespoon of grease fighting dish washing detergent into 1/2 a cup of warm water.
Pour the solution onto the carpet and immediately blot up with paper towels or rags. Continue to blot up the liquid until no more moisture comes out of your carpeting. This will take several attempts. Step on the folded paper towels to press into the carpet and remove the moisture. If the area on the carpet with the tar stain was large, place a thick layer of paper towels over the wet area and put a weight on top to help the paper towels wick the moisture out of the carpet.