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How To Remove Tar Stain From Your Rug

Looking for the best way to remove tar stains from your rug?

Did you know that tar stains are among the toughest stains to be removed? 

How To Remove Tar Stain From Your Rug

The outdoor rugs are more prone to get tar stains and lose their beauty by having dark greasy stains on them. This article deals with everything you need to know about removing tar stains from your rug most safely and properly. But first, let’s find out what tar is made of and how they get your rug stained. For effective solutions on rug pet stain removal, follow our expert tips and ensure your rug stays clean and fresh.

What are tar stains?

Tar stains are usually caused by a spill that has not been cleaned up properly. The spills contain hydrocarbons that have a high boiling point. They will be solid at room temperature, but when heated up, the tar will liquefy, and the hydrocarbons will evaporate into a gas. This is why tar stains are often found on roofs and pavement.

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Are tar stains permanent?

Tar stains are caused by the contact of asphalt, coal tar, roofing tar, or petroleum distillates with a surface. Tar stains are usually black and have a greasy appearance. They can be removed from most surfaces with a strong detergent and water solution. However, they can get stuck on your rug forever if you don’t properly take care of the stains and remove them immediately. So, never let the stain dry or heat since it will set it permanently.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can get rid of greasy tar stains from your rug. Let’s start with the tools you need for it.

What do you need to remove tar stains from your rug properly?

Here is the list of things you need to remove tar stains from your rug:

  • A knife or other sharp objects 
  • Dish soup
  • Warm water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towels

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How to get the tar stains out of your carpet or rug?

The following structure is the best way to remove tar stains from your rug. Make sure you carry it out step by step, so that, in the end, no stain is left on your rug.

Remove the tar

If the tar is still warm and liquid, let it get dried and firm. Put some ice on it to speed up the process. Then, use a knife to grab the whole tar bulk. Do it gently, so, that you won’t damage the rug’s fibers. 

Put the cleaning solution on the stain

Begin by cleaning the tar stain off your rug with a combination of ¼ cup of liquid dish soap and warm water. Let it sit on the stained area for 5-8 minutes, then start blotting it with a paper towel. Keep doing this until the paper towel you’re using is dry.

Repeat if necessary

If the stained area is still dark and noticeable, apply the solution directly to the area working from the outside in, making sure to move slowly to avoid any further spreading of the stain.

It might take 2 or 3 times to apply the solution and repeat the process until the tar is no longer noticeable.

Use hydrogen peroxide 

A very small amount of hydrogen peroxide, about 3%, is enough to wash away the stain completely. Blot it with a paper towel after letting it sit for a minute. 

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Vacuum the rug

Once the tar stain is removed, let your rug air dry on both sides. After your rug is completely dry, vacuum the stained area to get rid of any remaining particles present between the fabrics. 

Now you got rid of that annoying tar stains! But remember that tar stains are too challenging to be removed at home because of their strong color and stickiness. So it’d be best if you ask for a professional rug cleaning service to take care of the entire process. Not sure how? 

At Khazairugcleaning, our professional rug cleaners have certified knowledge and years of experience in stain removal and rug cleaning services. They are always ready to help you remove the stains, even the most challenging ones, from your rugs or carpets. So, why don’t you request a quote now and get in touch with us for a professional stain removal service? 

Author: David Khazai
Author: David Khazai

David Khazai is a 5th-generation rug proficient and certified rug appraiser. As an omniscient author, he explores components and symbolism, making him an exceptional expert in the rug cleaning & repair industry

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