Q. How do I remove tar spots from a carpet?
A. First, apply a spotting gel that is formulated for tar removal and safe to use on carpet. This treatment keeps both solvent and discoloration from running to the base of the carpet. If the tar is heavily caked, you may need to carefully snip the tip of the fibers with duckbill scissors prior to treatment. Agitate gel slightly. Allow it to dwell as required on the product label.
Next, blot with white absorbent towel from the outside to the center of the spot. Repeat the operation, if necessary, until tar is removed. If the affected area is extremely large, yet light, you could bonnet clean the carpet with a damp bonnet and a rotary floor machine to absorb dissolved tar. Finally, hot water extract to rinse all chemical and residues. Apply acidic rinse diluted 1:5 in a trigger sprayer to any remaining stains and then extract.
If you are unable to locate a citrus gel solvent, contact us. We have it available in pint bottles, 12 to a case.
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