Removing tar stains with WD-40 is the most popular removal method with a high level of success.
Plastic spoon or knife
Wet tar stains are easier to remove than dry tar stains. If the stain has dried, it can still be removed. Although it will require more persistence.
- Start by using the plastic utensil to gently scrape away as much tar as possible.
- Next, spray a small amount of WD-40 on the tar.
- Gently work it in by rubbing the area with your fingers. You may need to let it sit for a minute or two.
- Wipe away the tar with a soft cloth.
- Repeat as necessary.
- When the tar is removed, clean the area with water and mild soap; removing any residue from the WD-40.
- Dry completely.
Alternative Methods to Remove Tar Stains
Otherwise, if you are hesitant to spray oil on your seats to remove the tar, consider one of these options:
Plastic spoon or knife
Choose a removal agent:
Dry cleaning solution
Glycerin solution (1 part glycerin to 1 part water)
A soft cloth or cotton balls
Wet tar stains are much easier to remove than dry tar stains. If the stain has dried, it may still be removed. However, it will require more persistence.
- Firstly, start by using the plastic utensil to gently scrape away as much tar as possible.
- Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with water, and gently dab the area to wet the tarred area.
- Next, moisten some cotton balls with the chosen removal agent and gently dab to apply it to the tar stain.
- Let it sit for a minute or two.
- Use a clean cloth or cotton ball to blot the area. You then should start to see some of the tar coming off.
- Continue applying the removal agent and blotting until the tar is removed.
- When all of the tar is removed, simply clean as normal. Removing any residue from the removal agent.
- Finally, allow the area to dry thoroughly.
- Though safe for most upholstery types; test a small, hidden area, ensuring there are no adverse effects to the fabric, and/or colors.
- In addition, lighter fluid may be used in some situations. However, be sure to use with caution as it is highly flammable.
- Also, peanut butter has natural oil, proven useful in removing tar. Simply apply it to the area, allow to sit and then remove and wash as normal.
In any case, call Upholstery Cleaning Auckland on 09-489 5599
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