How to Remove Gum from your Carpets.
*Never rub a carpet when cleaning it; this destroys the fibers and flattens the carpet. It also risks pushing the stain in more deeply, making it permanent.
Method 1 Freezing:
Gather ice cubes into a resalable plastic bag and lay it on top of the gum wad. Alternatively, a frozen cold pack for muscle pain relief also works. Allow the ice pack to sit for about 30 minutes before attempting to remove the gum from carpet. Lift up the ice pack from the gum wad. Feel the gum to ensure that it’s frozen solid. The longer the ice pack sits, the harder the gum will become and the easier it will be to remove from your carpet. Grab a metal spatula, butter knife or other chisel-like item with a thin, straight edge that won’t cut your carpet fibers. Kneel down and gently attempt to lift the gum up off of the carpet fibers. 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. Look to check if any gum is left on the carpet. Should you have additional gum stuck in the fibers, check around your house for a muscle-rub product that contains “methyl salicylate” as an ingredient. This is a plant-based wintergreen oil with loosening agents that will remove any remaining gum from carpet. Rub the product into the wad with a soft cloth, and then use an old toothbrush to bring up any remaining gum from carpet as you continue brushing the gum up and away from the fibers. Finish your cleaning mission by cleaning the spot with a mild detergent and a splash of vinegar to eliminate any odors. Blot dry with a thick towel and don’t walk on that area until it is completely dry.
Method 2 Heating:
Cut a piece of plastic wrap and a blow dryer. You can also use a plastic bag if plastic wrap isn’t available. Turn the blow dryer on its hottest setting and aim the air toward the carpet gum wad with one hand. With your other hand, hang onto the plastic wrap; you’ll need it to remove the gum from carpet. Pull at the gum wad with the plastic wrap when the heat from the hair dryer makes the gum more pliable. Continue aiming the heat at the gum wad and gently pulling at it with the plastic wrap until you have removed as much gum from carpet as possible. Examine the area for residue and stains from the gum’s dyes. If any amount of residue is left, you can use a muscle-rub product mentioned above for removing gum from carpet. Follow instructions for using the muscle rub and finish by removing any scents or dyes with a mild detergent and a splash of vinegar.
Method 3 – Eucalyptus oil:
Always test an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using this oil, in case of staining. Keep the oil on the gum, avoid touching the carpet where possible. Dampen a cleaning cloth with eucalyptus oil. Dab at the chewing gum with the damp cloth. Scrape the gum off gently using a butter knife. Dab the area where the gum was with a little lemon juice. This will remove any remaining stickiness.
Method 4 Peanut Butter:
This method may stain the carpet if you’re not careful. Be sure to keep the peanut butter solely on the gum, and not on the carpet. Find some smooth peanut butter or regular butter. Rub the gum with the butter. Take care to avoid rubbing any into the carpet itself. Lift the gum. Scrape gently using a butter knife. The peanut butter will allow the gum to loosen and it should be easy to pull the gum off gently. Dab the area where the gum was with a little lemon juice. This will remove any remaining stickiness.
These are some great tips and guidelines in removing gum from your carpets. If you are experiencing other stain problems on your carpets and you are not sure how to fix it, leave it to the expert carpet cleaners at Citrus Fresh Carpet Cleaning Inc. in Charleston, SC.