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How To Remove Roofing Tar From Skin And Clothes (Guide)

If your roof needs repairs, there are different methods you can use depending on the issue. For a common problem such as leaks, most homeowners choose roofing tar since it is an affordable option that gives them proper waterproof protection. However, one of the major downfalls of this material is that it can stain your clothes and be dangerous for your skin. That’s why below we will tell you how to remove roofing tar. 

Roofing tar is a sticky and thick substance made of refined coal plus petroleum additives. This material is extremely durable for its composition when used on flat roofs, which are mainly located in commercial buildings. It comes in different colors to match your design, but it is known for its pitch-black tone. 

Right now, many roofing companies use this substance as an adhesive to place other materials on the structure. But, it can also be combined with asphalt to create a protective layer. Further, roofing tar is extremely popular when it comes to fixing cracks and holes.

Unfortunately, one of the major cons of using this material is that it can be toxic to your body and the environment. At the moment, some companies are trying to develop an environmentally friendly tar. But, if you go to the local store, chances are you’ll just find the common type. 

If you decide to go ahead and perform the repairs with roof tar, you should keep in mind that this substance is messy, and you might get it all over your protective gear. But, don’t worry, in the next section, we will tell you how to remove roofing tar from clothes.

How to remove roofing tar from clothes

If you are going to work with roofing tar, it is vital to use protective gear (gloves, boots). That way, the substance won’t touch your skin. In case this happens, we will tell you how to take care of it in the next section. For now, let’s focus on removing it from your clothes. 

Before you perform this process, you will need to gather a couple of things. Look for a dull knife, a brush, laundry detergent, oxygen-based bleach, and ice cubes. 

  1. You are going to take the knife and remove as much as you can without damaging the fabric. The key here is not to let the substance sit for a long time because it will be more challenging to get rid of it. This will be a long process, so we advise you to be patient. 
  2. After using the knife to eliminate as much tar as possible, it is time to get the ice cubes. First, take a plastic bag and fill it with ice cubes. Then place the bag over the stain. This will help harden the substance, and it will be easier to remove. Wait a couple of minutes, then take the knife again and try to scrape away the roofing tar. 
  3. Once you have successfully removed all the hard pieces, we are going to use a stain remover. You will spread the liquid where you removed the roofing tar and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Once the time is up, take the brush and scrub the fabric until the stain disappears. Keep in mind the key is not damaging the fabric. In case there is still roofing tar in your clothes, there are other methods you can try.
  4. If the stain is still visible in your clothes, you’ll need heavy-duty detergent and water. You are going to combine these elements to make a paste and spread it. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then retake your brush and scrub the fabric. Next, rinse your clothes with hot water and then put them in the washing machine at a high temperature.
  5. In case none of the above methods are working, you’ll need to use bleach. But, before performing this process, it is crucial to read the instructions of the product. That way, you will know how much water you’ll need to mix it with. Then, soak your clothing into the solution for at least 8 hours. Then, if necessary, repeat the process several times. 

Now that you know how to remove roofing tar from clothes. Let’s take a look at how to get rid of it when it adheres to your skin. 

How to remove roofing tar from your skin

The first thing you need to know is that if the substance touches your skin while applying it to your roof, it can be painful. Plus, in some cases, it might burn your skin. If that happens, you will need to get medical attention. But, don’t worry, here we will tell you what you can do before it gets to that point.

Below you will find a step-by-step on how to remove roofing tar from your hands. However, if it hurts a lot, it will be better to skip the complete guide and go to the doctor right away.

  1. If you get tar in your skin, you need to stop what you are doing and run cold water over the area immediately. In case it happens in a large area, you’ll have to take a cold shower. Do this for at least 20 minutes so the tar doesn’t burn your skin. After you are done, you might need to go to the doctor if the substance is still hot, burning your skin, or located close to your eyes.
  2. In case you determine, it is a good idea to remove it at home. First, you will need to remove all jewelry and clothes. Then, let the substance completely cool off, otherwise, you can damage your skin.
  3. Take a plastic bag and fill it with ice cubes. Place the bag over your skin for at least ten minutes or until the tar cracks. Then, try to peel off the tar with a gentle motion. If it gets too painful, seek medical attention.
  4. If you can peel off all the roofing tar in your skin, cleaning the area with mild soap and warm water is the only thing left to do.
  5. Contact us today for all your roofing needs, including repairs and new installations.
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