How to Remove Gum from Carpet

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Gum can be one of the most annoying items that gets stuck in your carpet because chewing gum can bond with carpet fibers and be a real pain to remove. Below are some tips to how to remove chewing gum from your carpet based on the level of penetration into the carpet.

Low Penetration Methods

There are two ways to remove gum from carpet if it is only on the surface of the carpet and not grounded deep into fibers. They are called the freezing method and the hair dryer method.

Freezing Method:

You will need some ice, a plastic bag, and a spoon or dull knife.

  1. Fill small plastic bag with ice.
  2. Rub ice over the gum till it freezes hard.
  3. While gum is still hard, use spoon or knife to scrape gum off.

Hair Dryer Method:

You will need a hair dryer, plastic bag, and soft cloths.

  1. Use hair dryer to heat up gum making sure to be careful not to overheat and burn carpet fibers.
  2. Once gum is softened, gently pull it out of carpet.
  3. Use plastic bag or cloth to cover your hand and prevent touching gum directly but still having the flexibility to use fingers.

Deep Penetration Method

Of course sometimes gum can be grounded into the carpet fibers and the above methods cannot get all of it. For these cases, Triclean owner Burke Hutcheson has a great way to remove gum.

All you will need is a spotting brush, microfiber cloth, and some dry solvent.

  1. First you soak the area containing the gum with the dry solvent. This solvent will break down the gum and leave no residue behind.
  2. Next you want to scrape area with the scraping end of spotting brush.
  3. Wipe area with microfiber cloth.
  4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 several times until area is clean of all gum residues.

Using the methods provided above will help you to remove those pesky chewing gum staines from your carpets and allow for your carpets to maintain that clean new look.

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