We had an abnormally hot summer here in Great Falls, MT (20 days over 100ºF with two at a record 109ºF) and the asphalt at work melted. Needless to say, I've now got tar on my drivers floor mat. What the best way to clean it? My last attempt in my '94 Concord resulted in a big brown stain. Carpet color = light gray. Thanks.
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I read that Stoner's tarminator with a brush followed by your favorite carpet cleaner works. I have used regular bug and tar remover from my garage, followed by spray carpet cleaner, on my other cars, but with a light floor mat in my 300 I would personally buy new mats. Let us know what you find that works.
Many methods.... anyone else?
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I finally got around to cleaning the floor mats. The tar was embedded with little bits of gravel (go figure, source was asphalt) which was firmly interwoven with the carpet fibers. WD-40 cleaned the tar off the gravel but could not overcome the powerful bond between carpet and tar. So, I then cleaned the mats twice with 409 Carpet Cleaner (had in closet) and the results are livable. Most of the tar is out with a few specs remaining to torment me through the winter. Maybe after a few coats of salt, I won't see them any more.
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