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How to Get Tar Out of Carpet

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📅 February 15, 2022

⏱️2 min read

Tar is a sticky and hard-to-remove viscous liquid. Especially when it gets to the carpet fabrics.

Construction workers or even you can carry tar on your shoe sole and accidentally step on the rug.

Hence, work extra to get it out of the carpet. Note that the longer you let it sit, the harder it will be.

Luckily, here are a few DIY methods to get tar stains from the carpet.

Dishwashing Solution

Items required

  • ¼ tablespoon of liquid soap
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Clean rug
  • Vacuum

Step-by-step process

  1. Mix liquid soap and water in a bowl
  2. Dip a sponge in the mixture
  3. Blot the area in one direction and repeat the process until all the tar stain vanishes
  4. Rinse the area with water
  5. Press a dry rug over the spot to absorb water
  6. Vacuum to dry completely

Rubbing Alcohol

Items required

  • Alcohol
  • Towel
  • Vacuum

Step-by-step process

  1. Dip a towel in alcohol
  2. Blot the stained spot
  3. Repeat step 2 until the stain begins to varnish
  4. Gently vacuum the carpet

Caution: Do not use too much alcohol on the stain. This is because alcohol can damage the carpet fabrics.

Use commercial products if the above home remedies do not guarantee efficient results.

Here are products that can remove tar stains from your rug.

Goo Gone Original

Goo Gone is the number 1 trusted brand for removing tar from your carpet. The product will efficiently eliminate the stain without damaging the carpet fabrics.

All you should do is apply it to the stain and leave it for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Then use hot soapy water to rub the stain.

Goo Gone Original

Carbona Stain Devils Spot Remover

Carbona stain devil removes oil and other sticky substance on the carpet. Soak the stained area with Carbona (depending on how old the stain is), then gently scrub.

This particular remover works wonders on tar stains.

Carbona Stain Devils Spot Remover


Do not let tar sit on the carpet for too long. Use the above-discussed home remedies and over-the-counter products to restore your rug to its original state.

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