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Getting at tar on concrete paving

Q. How can I remove tar from the concrete paving in front of my house? Mary Mann Glen Burnie, Md.

A. Try paint thinner, kerosene, or a strong detergent. Let it remain overnight. Cover the area with a sheet of plastic so that the liquid can "work" while not evaporating too quickly. Then scrub with clear water.

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Janitorial or paint stores sell many types of commercial tar removers. One such company is ProSoCo Inc., 1040 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66104. The phone number is (913) 281-2700.

To prevent restaining, give the area several coats of a concrete sealing material which is available in paint stores.

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