How to Remove Tar From Fabric


In some areas, beach going can mean dealing with some unseemly stuff, like tar that can wash up on the shore. But with a little patience, messy tar stains can be eliminated.

Things You'll Need

  • White Kerosene
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Clotheslines
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Stain Removers
  • Washing Machines
  • Ice Cubes
  • Plastic Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper towels
  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic bags

Removing the Tar

  • Place some ice cubes in a small plastic bag and apply the bag to the tar, if a great deal of tar is stuck to the fabric.

  • Allow the tar to freeze and harden.

  • Peel away the tar after it has completely hardened.

Removing the Stain

  • Apply stain remover to the stain if the fabric is machine-washable.

  • Wash according to the fabric's care instructions.

  • Allow the fabric to air dry.

  • Dab a small amount of white kerosene onto a persistent stain with a white paper towel.

  • Wash separately from other clothes and according to the fabric's care instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid exposing the fabric to heat until the stain has been completely lifted.
  • Stains on dry-clean-only fabrics should be professionally treated.

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