How to Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet
By Steve Gillman
To remove chewing gum or bubble gum from carpet, get out your
electric hair dryer. Heat the gum, being careful not to melt
the carpet fibers. Use a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag
to lift the softened gum away. Just allow it to stick to the
plastic, then pull it up. This may get most of it.
Next, apply Extra Strength Ben Gay, or another muscle rub
containing methyl salicylate. Use plastic again, or a rag to
pull more gum out. Repeat if necessary. Once you completely remove
the chewing gum from the carpet, clean the area with a mild detergent
solution (a few drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water will
work). Rinse with warm water and dry the area.
Using Commercial Carpet Stain Removers
Some common carpet stain removers will work to remove chewing
gum from carpet. Goo Gone, in particular, works fairly well.
Pull out as much gum as you can, then heat what remains. Apply
Goo Gone, using a brush or the edge of the cap to work it in
and break up the gum. Pick it out a piece at a time. Patience
is required. Repeat the process until you remove all the gum.
Be sure to thoroughly rinse the spot afterwards. Use a shop-vac
if you can, or just rinse and blot with a white cotton cloth
repeatedly. It is important not to leave any cleaning solvent
in your carpet for too long, and to extract it completely.
If you cannot remove all of the chewing gum from the carpet
using either of the two methods here, don't worry. A carpet cleaner
with a truck-mount hot water extraction unit (a steam cleaner)
can get it out easily. The heat generated by the machines they
use will soften up even the oldest gum (sometimes with a little
help from Goo Gone or another cleaning solvent), making it possible
to break it up and suck it out.
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