Tar is an exceptionally durable and sticky oil-based material, so if you accidentally track some onto your carpet, it’s understandable to be concerned. Luckily, there are several ways to remove tar even from a delicate and absorbent material like carpet. The key is to clean the stain immediately or ASAP after it happens, blotting and scraping up any excess tar that you can. After that, clean the dark stain using one or multiple powerful cleaning agents that help to dissolve and lift the tar from the fibres of the carpet.

If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to contact the stain removal experts at Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland.

How to Remove Tar Stains from Carpet DIY

Cleaning Solutions

Solvent-Based Cleaner
Use a non-flammable solvent-based cleaner or a liquid spot remover from the grocery store or hardware store. Use a solvent-type cleaner that is described by its manufacturer as being safe for nylon fabric or nylon carpet. Be sure to read and follow the label instructions regarding safe use, and never smoke or use an open flame in the vicinity of a solvent cleaner.

Detergent Solution
Mix 1/4 teaspoon mild liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water.

  1. Scoop up and blot as much of the spill as possible, then vacuum up any dry particles.
  2. Prepare suggested cleaning solutions above, beginning with the first one listed.
  3. Test the cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous section of carpet. We want to make sure the answer doesn’t cause any discolouration or damage!
  4. Note exception: Don’t apply dry cleaning fluid directly to the carpet. Apply the solution to a cloth, and use the towel to apply the product to the stain. For the best results, work from the outside of the stain toward the centre.
  5. Leave the cleaning solution on the spill for at least five minutes so that it can work its magic.
  6. Blot with a clean white cloth until the stain no longer transfers. Be careful not to rub the stained area, or you might damage the carpet fibres!
  7. Rinse the spot with cold water, making sure all excess cleaning solution, is removed from the carpet.
  8. Rinse the spot with cold water, making sure all excess cleaning product, is removed from the carpet.
  9. If the stain remains, mix the next solution on the list and follow steps 3-8 above. If the stain remains after trying both solutions, contact a professional cleaner.
  10. Once the stain is removed, layer white paper towels on the site to soak up any extra moisture. Weigh down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object (think like a paperweight), and let them sit overnight.


If the method, as mentioned earlier, is not successfully removing the tar stain from your carpet, try the following:

  1. Moisten the affected area of the carpet with 2.5% hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Let the tar stain sit for 1 minute.
  3. Blot with a paper towel to absorb any remaining stain.
  4. Apply a few paper towels directly onto the area with weight and let it sit overnight. 


This tar stain removal technique involves a bit of store-bought cleaning solution, along with some rubbing alcohol. Before calling a professional carpet cleaner, you can try this do-it-yourself solution to remove tar from the carpet.

  1. As soon as you discover the tar stain, it’s essential to act quickly by scooping up any tar using a knife or spoon.
  2. If you have any store-bought carpet cleaning solutions available (sometimes these can help when wondering how to remove tar from the carpet), try testing a small area of your carpet to see the effects it has. You’ll want to check a small portion to make sure it doesn’t damage your carpet.
  3. Pour a bit of rubbing alcohol directly onto the tar stain. Blot with a dry, clean cloth.

If you can still see any remaining stain on your carpet, you can also try applying a bit of WD-40 then gently working it into the stained area. Remember to try a bit on a smaller area of your carpet before applying it to the stained area.  Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland, with branches in South Auckland, North Shore, East and West Auckland.