How to Remove Coal Tar

In practical home use, coal tar is a type of topical medication that is used to treat various types of skin disorders.

Using a dry cleaning solvent sometimes works on coal tar stains.Using a dry cleaning solvent sometimes works on coal tar stains.
These disorders range from psoriasis to simple dry, itchy skin. It's important to note that some people are allergic to coal tar and should never use this type of topical medication. If it's safe for you to use coal tar, you might still run into problems. Like tar and coal, this medication is black and will stain various areas of your home if you're not careful with it.

Use a sharp object to scrape up the coal tar from the surface you want to remove it from. Be careful not to damage the fabric.

Dab the area gently with a cloth to soak up any of the coal tar that you can from the surface.

Add a dry cleaning solvent to a new cloth and use this solvent to remove more of the coal tar. If you're removing the coal tar from upholstery you may need to blot it with dry cleaning solvent for a longer period of time.

Blot a coal tar stain on carpeting with a solution of two cups water, one tablespoon dish washing liquid and one tablespoon vinegar. Rinse with cold water once the coal tar is removed.

Pre-treat fabrics with stain remover and rub in a liquid enzyme laundry detergent. Wash in very hot water and air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Sharp object
  • Cloths
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Water
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Vinegar
  • Pre-treat stain remover
  • Liquid enzyme laundry detergent

About the Author

Mike Johnson has been working as a writer since 2005, specializing in fitness, health, sports, recreational activities and relationship advice. He has also had short stories published in literary journals such as "First Class Magazine." Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in education and history from Youngstown State University.