How to Properly Remove Grease and Tar from your Carpet

tar spots on the carpetNice weather brings pothole patching, driveway paving and crack sealing to a peak here in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern PA.   Once again residents have to deal with fresh tar being tracked into their homes and onto the carpet.   A few simple household items can help clean up the mess.

Tar is a sticky subject and can be very tricky to remove.   Usually a dry cleaning solvent such as mineral spirits or denatured alcohol can be used to break down the mess.  There are also some citrus based spotting agents available that can do the job too.

Always pre test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous place and consult your manufacturer’s warranty first.    Never pour cleaning agents directly onto your rug and follow the directions.

  • Apply some of the spot cleaner onto a white towel.
  • Start from the outside edge and work the spot inward, don’t rub, blot the spot.
  • Continue blotting until you no longer have any transfer of the spot into your towel.
  • Rinse the area clean of any residues with clean water and blot dry.

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