Tar is a sticky substance that can be very difficult to remove. When tar gets tracked onto a wool carpet, it adheres to the fibres and mats them together. There are a few methods you can use to remove the tar and restore the look of your wool carpet.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Plastic spoon
- Dry-cleaning solvent
- Small container
- White vinegar
- Liquid dish soap
- Wooden spoon
- Rubbing alcohol
- hydrogen peroxide, 3 per cent
Remove as much of the excess tar as possible by scraping it off with a plastic spoon. Discard the spoon when finished.
Dampen a cloth with dry-cleaning solvent. Begin at the edge of the tar and blot with the cloth. Continue blotting while moving toward the centre until no more liquid is absorbed. Do not allow the solvent to soak into the carpet backing.
Fill a small container with 2 cups of warm water. Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 1 tbsp of liquid dish soap to the water. Mix the contents together with a wooden spoon.
Saturate a clean cloth in the mixture and wring out the excess liquid. Blot the tar stain with the cloth until no more liquid can be absorbed.
Rinse the mixture off the carpet by blotting with a clean cloth dampened with cool water. Pat the carpet with a towel and let air-dry.
For Dark or Colored Carpets
Remove as much excess tar as you can off the carpet by scraping with a plastic spoon. Discard the spoon when finished.
Mix 1 tbsp of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide with 3 tbsp of warm water in a small container. Dampen a cloth in the mixture and blot the tar stain. Continue blotting until the tarred area is thoroughly saturated with the mixture.
Place a towel over the area and let it sit for 30 minutes. Check under the towel for colour fastness every five minutes. If discolouration occurs, immediately flush the area with cool water.
Rinse the mixture off the carpet by blotting with a clean cloth dampened with cool water. Pat the carpet with a towel to remove the excess liquid. If the stain is not removed, proceed to the next step.
Fill a small container with 1/4 cup of ammonia and 1 cup of warm water. Dampen a clean cloth in the mixture. Blot the tar stain with the cloth until no more liquid can be absorbed.
Dampen a clean cloth in cool water and blot the area to rinse the mixture off the carpet. Pat the carpet with a towel to remove the excess liquid. Let the carpet air-dry.
For Light-Colored Carpets
Tips and warnings
- Do not soak the carpet with any of the solutions. Only the tarred area should be moistened.
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