Date: April 1991 (Revised April 1995)
Source: NDSU Extension Service Youth and Family Specialist
To remove tar or machinery grease, follow one or more of these suggestions:
1. Treat the stain when it is dry with an aerosol-type prewash stain remover such as Spray'n Wash or Shout. Pump sprays will not work because they do not contain a grease solvent. Follow directions on the container. Launder garment following instructions on the care label. Do not machine dry as heat could set the stain.
2. Sponge stained area with a drycleaning solvent such as Energine. Rinse thoroughly with water and air dry the garment. Do not machine dry as heat could set the stain. If stain remains, apply detergent and rub fabric together. Then, launder the garment following instructions on the care label.
Before attempting to remove a stain, test the suggested stain removal product on a seam allowance, inside pocket or other inconspicuous area. If you do not have the time or the stain removal products on hand, or are concerned about damaging the garment, ask your local drycleaner to remove the stain. In some cases stains are impossible to remove either by home methods or by a drycleaner.
If you have more questions, please contact your county office of the NDSU Extension Service.
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