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Steps to Remove the Tar/Asphalt:
1.Begin by using the plastic knife to scrape off as much of the black goop as possible. Use caution not to gouge the sole of the boot.
2.For the remaining tar, mix some dish detergent with warm water.
3.Dip an old toothbrush in the mixture and use it to gently scrub the remaining tar away. It may take several applications to remove it all.
4.If the detergent and water does not remove the tar/asphalt, it may be helpful to lubricate it with some WD-40.
5.Spray some onto the stained area and allow it to set for a few minutes. Continue scrubbing with the old toothbrush as before.
6.When all of the tar is removed, wash the entire area down with the detergent and water mixture to remove any remaining residue from the WD-40.
Also, automotive stores sell "tar removal" products that you'd normally use on cars.
As with any product, or remedy, always start with a small "test" area to see how it effects the boot surface BEFORE you go crazy on the whole boot..