landscaping techniques to solve property problems

landscaping techniques to solve property problems

Remove Tar From A Concrete Walkway And Protect The Concrete With A Coat Of Sealer

Mitchell Ray

If tar accidentally spilled onto a section of your property's concrete walkway while new shingles were being installed on your home's rooftop, remove it with the following cleaning steps. After you have finished, add a coat of concrete sealer to the walkway's surface to keep it protected.


  • plastic sheeting
  • masking tape
  • degreaser
  • stiff-bristled scrub brush
  • water hose
  • detergent
  • safety glasses
  • waterproof concrete sealer
  • paint tray
  • paint roller
  • roller frame
  • roller handle

​Protect Areas Around The Walkway And Apply A Degreaser

Use strips of masking tape to apply pieces of plastic sheeting to any areas that could become damaged by loose debris that is moved by the strong stream of water that is emitted from the pressure washer in the following steps. Windows, doors, or a screened-in porch are areas that would be suitable to cover.

Apply a liberal amount of a degreasing agent to the tar that is on the concrete walkway's surface. Wait a few minutes for the degreaser to penetrate the tar's surface. Move a stiff-bristled scrub brush back and forth over the stained concrete. Rinse the walkway off with water once you have eliminated as much tar as possible.

Pressure Wash The Concrete

Read the instruction manual that came with the pressure washer that you have purchased or rented if you are not familiar with using this type of equipment. Attach the tip that is designated for adding detergent to the machine's spray wand. Secure the end of a water hose to the machine. Turn on the power to the pressure washer. Use the siphon that came with the machine to add detergent to the reservoir.

Put on a pair of safety goggles. Hold the machine's tip several inches away from the concrete surface and press the trigger to emit the detergent. Apply detergent down the entire length of the walkway. Wait a few minutes for the cleaning solution to loosen the tar and any other dirty substances that are on the walkway's surface.

Turn off the pressure washer and remove the detergent tip from the spray wand and replace it with the pressure washing tip. Turn the machine back on and squeeze its trigger to release a strong stream of water. Add water slowly in the same manner that was used to add the detergent. Once the concrete is stain-free, turn off the machine and wait for the walkway's surface to dry.

Seal The Walkway

Protect the walkway from additional stains by adding a coat of waterproof sealer to its surface. Pour the sealer into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to apply the product to the concrete in straight lines. Make sure that the concrete is evenly covered. Wait the recommended amount of time that is listed on the sealer's container for the product to dry. Once this has occurred. the walkway can be used and you will not need to worry about harsh stains affecting its appearance or damaging portions of the concrete.


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