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What removes tar??

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Batmam Sat 26-Mar-16 07:53:28

My son had stepped in some tar in a car park. Only a small amount but his brand new Startrites look ruined! Scrubbed them with some cif and hot water to get the worst off but it's still tacky and black in the cracks. What can I use to get it off??

wulfy1010 Sat 26-Mar-16 08:10:28

Never tried it but I have been told you should harden it by cooling with ice. Once hard then peel or chip it off

wowfudge Sat 26-Mar-16 12:46:07

Butter or cooking oil are solvents for tar.

Batmam Sun 27-Mar-16 08:44:05


slebmum1 Sun 27-Mar-16 09:16:38

Baby oil also works.

LifeIsGoodish Sun 27-Mar-16 09:17:14


Aquamarine70 Sun 27-Mar-16 14:19:31

Maybe try some sticky stuff remover. Not sure if WD40 might work.

wowfudge Sun 27-Mar-16 20:45:16

I'd be wary of using petrol or WD40 on something a child will wear, plus they smell strongly. With butter or oil you can go over the area with some washing up liquid in warm water to remove any grease residues - don't get the leather too wet though. Let them dry then give them a good polish.

Batmam Mon 28-Mar-16 00:14:17

Thanks for all your replies, it's only on the soles thank goodness. I'll try some of the above once we get back from out wet bank holiday break!

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