Getting Tar Out of Clothing

I need to know how to get road tar out of cotton jeans and 100% micropolyester.

Lucretia from Oklahoma


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April 6, 20040 found this helpful

This is from the University of Minnesota Extention Service:

Removing Tar Stains

Once fibers are exposed to tar, whether it be a garment or carpet and rugs, it is often impossible to remove. If tar is in the vicinity, it is best to use every precaution to avoid getting it onto fabric or carpet.

You may wish to attempt to treat the tar stain. If the fabric is dry cleanable, gently scrap off the excess with a dull knife or spoon, taking care not to damage the fibers, then take to the dry cleaner. Be sure to identify the stain for the professional cleaner.

If the fabric is washable, place the stain face down onto paper towels or old bath towels or clean rags. Sponge the stain with a non-flammable dry cleaning solvent, flush with the solvent, and air dry completely. If using a powdered detergent, sponge the stain with water to wet it. Apply a paste of powdered detergent and water to the stained area. If you are using a liquid detergent, let the fabric dry completely, then apply liquid detergent directly to the dry fabric.


If the stain remains, try a bleach that is safe for the fabric. Test the bleach for colorfastness on an inconspicuous area such as seam allowance or hem area.

Then launder the fabric as usual, using the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.

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July 23, 20170 found this helpful

WD40 worked took tar out of my colored cotton shirt

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By joyann (Guest Post)
May 21, 20040 found this helpful

Try the concentrated orange based cleaner Goo Gone. There are several kinds but this is the most popular name brand. It will say 'removes tar' on the lable. I get it at Rite Aid for about $5. This stuff is amazing at getting out all kinds of stains and spots. It will also remove tar from cars and floors.

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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

Does it still wrk if the clothings already been washed and dried?

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By Nadia (Guest Post)
May 24, 20040 found this helpful

What is the best cleaning solvent to use.. dichloromethane, turpentine, methano, isopropanol, or ethylene chloride?

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 28, 20040 found this helpful

Drycleaning works great for tar of any sort, but if you want to avoid the cost. try lestoil or something called "no. 7 tar & bug remover" found in hardware stores.


It smells but works like a charm and cleans with a normal cleaner afterward to rid the smell... works on clothes, shoes, hard floors of all kinds. Be careful with hardwood, but I did it and it was fine.

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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

Does it wrk if the clithing has already been washed and

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By (Guest Post)
September 16, 20040 found this helpful

use gain bleech

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By delores (Guest Post)
November 5, 20040 found this helpful

i need to get tar out of my dryer

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By (Guest Post)
November 8, 20040 found this helpful

tar in your dyer; try some CLR to remover the tar from your dyer or bug and tar remover for cars.

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By Kelley (Guest Post)
June 26, 20070 found this helpful

My fiance had a big black tar smudge right down his butt. In a very bad spot I might add.... So I tried 2 things to get it out. 1st I tried the dryel pre stain remover. Worked a little but definitely not enough. 2nd I tried Goof Off - WORKED GREAT.


I used the pads that you get with the dryel to make sure it didn't go through the the other side, then saturated it, with goof off. Rubbing doesn't work but Patting and strong firm pressure dabbing did. Good Luck with whatever you got it on.

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By Joanne (Guest Post)
November 14, 20070 found this helpful

I used nail polish to remove tar off my dining room chair. You have to rub it a little with a scourer but it works.

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By duncan fox (Guest Post)
January 1, 20081 found this helpful

Suits, jackets/pants with dry clean only label should be cautious to follow instructions to avoid side affects after using home products bought at store. Especially on white or black colors. The stain may come out but you have a 85% chance of color change. A costly suit should go to the cleaners so they have to pay for damages if there are problems.

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