How to Get Tar Off Shoes (Quick & Easy Ways)

How to Get Tar Off ShoesTraversing any road wouldn’t exclude your shoes from getting tarred.

Yes there are several types of tars that might get stuck in your shoes like beach tar, turpentine tar, pine tar, black tar, etc.

Any of these types of tar when gets stuck to your shoes is quite a difficult job to take expel. 

Luckily, we have some very quick and easy hacks for you to solve this problem.

Today, in this article, we will be detailing you on how to get any type of tar off your shoes just with some simple steps.

So, here we go…

Easy Methods to Get Tar off from Bottom of the Shoes

Method 1: To Get Off really Stubborn Tar from Shoes

Step 1: Use a stainless steel knife to get rid of the hard tar:

Take your shoes and scrape off the hard tar from the bottom of the shoes. Don’t be very harsh in this process. Use the knife gently to scrape the tar off or else you might end up taking our portions of your shoes’ soles with the knife.

Use a stainless steel knife to get rid of the hard tar

If there are still tar left in between the gaps of the outer soles, leave that and don’t use knife to clean them. We will treat these hidden tars in the following steps.

Step 2: Use conditioners to soften the tar:

If there is tar remaining in the gaps of your outer soles, apply any of the following conditioners in thick layer on the remaining tar and keep overnight:

condition the boots

Boot conditioners, olive oil, eucalyptus oil, vegetable oil, butter, etc.

Next morning, take a toothbrush and gently brush out the softened tar from the shoes.

Step 3: Use solvents for the remaining stains:

By any chance if any small portion of tar has remained hidden in any corners of your shoes or there are visible stains of tar, you just need any of the following solvents to do the job:

Condition Leather Boots With Household Items

Fuel (petrol), lamp oil, turpentine oil, WD-40 or rubbing alcohol.

Take a piece of cloth and dip it in any of the above mentioned liquids. Now blotch or rub it over the stain in circular motions until the stains are vanished.

Method 2: To Get Off General Tar from Shoes

Step 1: Use a plastic knife to scrape off the tar:

FOSHIO 2PCS Plastic Razor Scrapers Knife with Contoured Grip + 100 PCS 1.5 inch Refillable Double Edge Plastic Razor Blades Ideal for Auto Window Tint Vinyl Tool Application

Take a plastic knife and gently scrape off the tar from the soles of your shoes.

Note that after this process there will be tar remaining on your shoes.

Step 2: Take a tar specific cleanser:

Tar specific cleansers work very rapidly and effortlessly to remove tar from the soles. Apply a layer of the tar specific cleanser on the soles and leave for a few minutes, say for about 45-60 minutes.

Step 3: Use a toothbrush:

Take a toothbrush and brush the tarred areas

Take a toothbrush and brush the tarred areas which have been already softened by the use of the cleanser.

Step 4: Make a solution using dish washing soap and water:

dish washing soap and water

Take a bowl and create soap water solution. Then take a piece of cloth and dip it in the solution. Then rub the remaining tar stains from the soles of the shoes.

Method 3: To Get Off Tar from the Bar Floors

Bar tar means when the floor of the bars get dirty and sticky with the sweet drinks spilt on the floor at the end of the parties.

Step 1: Use a painter’s duck tape:

Use a painter’s duck tape

Apply some painter’s duck tape around the edges of the shoes. This will protect the leather of your shoes from the heavier chemicals that would be applied afterwards in the process.

Step 2: Spray WD40 on the tarred areas:

WD-40 Multi-Use Product with SMART STRAW SPRAYS 2 WAYS 8 OZ

Apply 3 coats of WD-40 on the tar of your shoes. The chemical drips off taking out the tar and dirt from the soles of your shoes without any effort. 

Step 3: Use Armor All Wipes:

Armor All 10863 Car Interior Cleaner Wipes for Dirt & Dust Purple 25 Count Cleaning

Take the Armor All Wipes and wipe out the left behind tar or stain from the soles.

Method 4: To Get Rid of Beach Tar

I have just returned from a beach vacation and I wonder why would you even need a shoe on a beach? I mean it’s so much fun and satisfying to walk barefooted on the sand of the beach!

Still, if you have already done the mistake and your shoes are stuck with the beach tar, just follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Put the shoes in the freezer:

Put the shoes in the freezer

Putting the shoes in the freezer overnight would make the sand or beach tar brittle. Then peel off the tar using a scraper or hard bristled brush.

Step 2: Use vegetable oil:

Applying vegetable oil will soften the remaining tar and then using a toothbrush, brush out the tar from the soles.

Step 3: Finish up using the Armor All Wipes:

Take the Armor All Wipes and wipe out any residue of the tar from the shoes.

Alternatives for removing tar are:

Baby oil, car tire tar cleansers, and hair conditioners.

Easy Methods to Get Tar Off from the Sides and Top of the Shoes

Method 1: To Get Tar Off Leather Shoes

Step 1: Use a plastic scraper:

Use a plastic knife to scrape off the tar

Take the plastic scraper and scrape off the hard tar from the top or sides of the leather. Let the thin layer of tar remain behind or else you will end up scrapping out portions of the leather.

Step 2: Use a paper towel:

Take a paper towel and rub off the tar residue or tar dust from the shoes or else they will again settle on the gaps of the soles.

Step 3: Use the Armor All Wipes:

Take the Armor All Wipes and wipe out any residue of the tar from the shoes.

Step 4: Caste a layer of boot shining cream:

boot cream

Apply a coat of boot shining cream to restore the color and shine of the leather fibers.

Method 2: To Get Rid of Tar from Suede Shoes

Suede shoes are much more delicate than leather ones so, you need to go gentle with them and try avoiding application of any harsh chemicals.

Step 1: Use a plastic scraper:

Take the plastic scraper and scrape off the hard tar from the top or sides of the suede.

Step 2: Use a toothbrush:

Take a tooth brush and rub off the tar dust from the suede.

Step 3: Apply vegetable oil:

Apply vegetable oil

Vegetable oil will soften the remaining tar on the suede. Then take a clean cloth and rub off the oil from the suede. Your shoes will be clean of the tar but some oil might be remaining on the suede.

Step 4: Make a mixture of shampoo and water:

Make a mixture of shampoo and water

Take a bowl of water and put few drops of mild shampoo in it and work into lather. Then take a piece of cloth and wipe off the oil residue from the suede.

Don’t forget to dry your suede shoes with a dryer afterwards.

Before We Say Good Bye:

You yourself can escape the tar on your shoes if you are a bit more careful on the roads. Try avoiding the areas where you see tar. Take the other route if possible. 

In utmost cases your rubber sole might be even damaged by the hot molten tar on the pavements.

But if by any chance your shoes have been affected by the tar, they can be treated easily by following the simple hacks mentioned by us.

Do let us know in the comment section below if you know any other way to deal with these stubborn tars.

We would love to hear from your valuable experiences.

Till then…

Take care and stay safe!