Bronwyn asked: How do I remove tar (from new seal on road via bare feet!) from the bath and shower?
This black sticky goo seems to adhere to any surface and want to stick around for good. Fortunately, it can be removed with a few simple steps.
You Will Need:
- Green scrubbing pads or plastic scrubbers
- Dawn dish soap
- Soft cloths
- Tar Remover (available in the automotive section)
- Scrub brush
Steps to Remove the Tar:
- Start by spraying the tar with WD-40 and allowing it to soak for a few minutes.
- Fill a bucket with water and add some Dawn dish soap.
- Dip the scrubbing brush into the water and scrub the tar with the brush.
- Continue scrubbing until all of the tar is removed. Plastic scrubbers can also be used to remove the lubricated tar. If it will not come loose, add additional WD-40 and allow it to set a few more minutes.
- There are specially designed products for tar removal that can be found in the automotive department. Test a small, hidden area first to ensure that it does not damage the surface of the tub.
- Once the tar is removed, clean the entire tub as normal to remove any residue from the cleaning products.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Other lubricants can be substituted for the WD-40 if it is not available. Goo Gone, baby oil and vegetable oil will all provide lubrication to help in removing the tar.
- Ensure that all residue from the lubricant is removed before using the tub again. The smooth surface of the bath is slippery and the lubricants can make it a dangerous area to try and keep your balance.
- If the area with tar is large, work in small sections.
- Work in a well ventilated area and protect yourself with rubber gloves. Open the windows to allow fresh air to enter while cleaning.