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Gum can be one of the most frustrating things to get out of your carpet. Without proper methods, it can be downright infuriating. Thankfully, there are a few proven ways to get gum out without pulling all of your hair out.

Put the scissors down and take a breath. The following methods will have your carpet cleaned up in no time.

Freezing Method

You Will Need:

  • Ice
  • Plastic Bag
  • Spoon or dull knife

Steps:

  1. Fill a small plastic bag with a few pieces of ice.
  2. Rub the ice over the gum to freeze it hard.
  3. Use a spoon or dull knife to scrape off the gum. Get rid of the removed gum quickly so that it doesn’t soften and stick to another piece of carpet.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all gum is removed.

Hair Dryer Method

This is the total opposite of the ice method. You will use heat to make the gum soft and pliable so that it can be scraped away.
You Will Need:

  • Hair dryer
  • Plastic bag
  • Soft cloths

Steps:

  1. Use the hair dryer to heat the gum. You want it warm but not scorching hot. Too much heat will damage the carpet fibers.
  2. Once the gum is softened, gently pull it out of the carpet.
  3. Use your fingers to work the remaining gum out of the carpet. Use a plastic bag or rubber glove the work the gum out of the carpet.

Method to Remove the Remaining Residue

You will need:

  • Choose one of the following:
    • Peanut Butter
    • WD-40
    • Oil soap (such as those used for cleaning wood)
    • Muscle Pain Reliever (ex: BenGay)
  • Soft cloths
  • Soap
  • Water

Steps:

  1. After the bulk of the gum is gone, some residual pieces may remain.
  2. Apply one of the above items to the remaining gum. All of these chemicals have lubricating qualities that will help release the gum from the carpet fibers.
  3. Apply the product to the remaining gum.
  4. Use fingers to work in product.
  5. Blot or pull gently on the fibers with the soft cloth to remove the gum. It may also be helpful to scrape at it with your fingernails.
  6. Once the gum is removed, you will need to clean the area to remove the leftover cleaning product.
  7. Mix a small amount of soap or dish detergent with warm water.
  8. Blot the area with a soft cloth that has been moistened with the mixture. Continue blotting until the area is clean.
  9. Rinse by blotting with a clean cloth and then use a dry towel and/or fan to thoroughly dry the area.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Warm vinegar is another cleaner that can remove gum. After applying it, allow it to set for awhile to give it time to work. Rinse with clean water.
  • There are commercial products designed for removing gum. These are available in the cleaning aisle of most grocery or home improvement stores.

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