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How to Remove Tar From Concrete Floors

Updated July 20, 2017

Concrete, a widely used material in construction, can be used for foundations, driveways, outdoor sports courts and a wide variety of other applications. Spills and weathering can stain exposed concrete over time. If you happen to spill tar on concrete, remove the tar as quickly as you can, using mineral spirits, soap and water to keep your concrete looking like new.

Pour mineral spirits onto the tar. Let it sit for a while to break up the tar.

Scrub the tar with a nylon brush to break it up further. This will require quite a bit of effort, so keep scrubbing until the tar is broken up. If there is a lot of tar, take what gets broken up and put it in a bucket to dispose.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all of the tar is removed.

Mop up what is left with warm, soapy water when you are done removing all of the tar. If the concrete is outside, you may want to spray off the concrete with a hose when you are finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Mineral spirits
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Hose
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Based in Western Washington, Evan Becker has been writing professionally since the beginning of 2010. His articles have been featured on eHow. He earned his associate's degree in arts and sciences at the age of 18 at Tacoma Community College. He currently attends the University of Washington Tacoma and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business.