​How to Remove Gum from Carpet


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Many people enjoy chewing gum as flavorful treat to exercise the jaw, eliminate boredom, and even help quit smoking. Unfortunately, gum sometimes ends up where it's not supposed to be, like your carpet. If you discover a sticky situation hiding in your carpet, there are ways to remove the gum and prevent the stain from becoming a permanent fixture.

1.Freezing the Gum Off

-Freeze the gum with an ice pack.

Place several ice cubes in a resalable plastic bag and lay it on top of the gum wad. Alternatively, spraying the gum at close range with compressed air from a computer duster, or placing a piece of dry ice on the gum can also freeze it quickly.

Freezing gum is most successful when the gum has just gotten into the carpet and is not ground deeply into the carpet fibers.

Be sure the gum is frozen solid and not just cold before moving on to the next steps.

-Use a butter knife or metal spatula to scrape the frozen gum off the carpet.

Gently lift the gum up off of the carpet fibers with a scraping motion. Allow it to crack and break into fragments and remove as much as possible. Rub ice over stubborn areas that won't lift off and repeat as necessary.

-Clean the spot to remove any remaining residues.

Dip a rag into a soapy solution containing a small amount of white vinegar and gently rub the spot where the gum was to finish the cleaning process. Blot dry with a thick towel and don't walk on the area until it is completely dry.

2.Removing Gum with Oils

-Test an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using any oils to remove gum.

Some oils may discolor or bleach fabrics. Ensure that you aren't going to make a bigger stain by applying a small amount of oil in a hidden location and inspect for any discoloration. Oil reduces the stickiness of gum which will allow it to release from the carpet fibers. Try one of these oils to get the gum off your carpets:

·Eucalyptus Oil

·Olive Oil

·Peanut Butter

NOTE: You will need to thoroughly clean the oils out of the carpets after the gum is removed.

Apply oil to the gum with a cloth. Do not pour the oil directly on the gum; it is much easier to control where you are applying the oil when it is placed on a cleaning cloth first. Saturate the gum wad with oil by repeatedly applying oil with the cleaning cloth.

-Scrape the gum off gently using a butter knife.

Gently lift the gum off the carpet by scraping a knife over the gum in the same direction each time. Wipe the gum off the knife blade after each pass to avoid re-applying the gum to the carpet. Rubbing back and forth may damage the carpet fibers and cause more damage to your flooring.

-Clean the area with dish soap and water.

Once the gum has been removed there may be some residual oils left from the cleaning process. Mix a teaspoon of a grease fighting dish soap with a quart of water and scrub the carpet with a cloth dipped in the soapy solution.

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