Ugly black tar stains on floors can be very difficult to remove with damaging the surface of your flooring. Tar-sticks to basically any type of flooring material whether it is a wood floor, vinyl floor, laminate floor or some other type of hard floor surface. Tar-left un-removed will works its' way into the small crevices on floor and become deeply imbedded. Once tar is deeply imbedded in your floor it becomes virtually impossible to remove with refinishing the surface. Some hard flooring surfaces cannot be refinished such as a vinyl floor or laminate floor. Most laminates are sealed so nothing will penetrate below the surface level, but tar will still hold on to the surface and cause a stain on the floors' finish.
Fortunately there is a very simple way to remove tar from your floor and you probably already have it in your house.
Use a wooden popsicle stick, butter knife, plastic putty knife or an old credit card edge to scrape away as much of the tar as possible. Use a sturdy item that will not scratch the surface of the floor.
Apply a thick layer of butter/margarine to the remaining tar.
Use a rag to rub the butter/margarine into the tar, continue to rub until tar is gone, reapply butter/margarine as necessary. If the tar remains, apply butter/margarine and scrub with a nylon scrubber.
After the tar stain has been removed from the floor, generously sprinkle flour over the area to absorb grease to avoid any slip and fall accidents. The layer of flour should be at least 1/2 of an inch thick. Allow the flour to sit for 30 to 45 minutes.
Sweep up the excess flour.
Clean the area with a degreasing dish soap.
Prevention of course is always best to avoid any type of stain, but that does not always happen especially in today's busy households. Tar can be tracked into a home from a freshly paved street or parking lot, newly repaired pot hole, a newly sealed driveway or if roofing tar was used in the area. This holds especially true on hot days when tar melts and gets somewhat gooey. It is best to institute a no shoes in the house rule to save your floors from excess wear and tear. This is especially true for those who work outside or in any type of construction areas.