Many homes have a rule that kids cannot chew gum inside the house. The problem is that often times children forget that they have gum in their mouth and fall asleep or spit it out. The gum is very sticky and once it gets attached to a fabric it is hard to get it to come out. The gum is not only a problem when it is chewed but even before it is chewed as well. If you ever have stepped on a piece of chewed gum outside you know that when it is stuck it is really stuck. If you step on it you can track the gum around to more areas of the home as well. Working quickly to remove any stains and spots is the best way to get it out. The same goes for gum that might be stuck in the carpet. There are some very specific methods that you can try to get the gum out of your carpet.
Carpet Care 2000 Offers Several Ways to Remove Gum From Your Carpets
Remove Gum on Carpet with Heat: If you come across a piece of gum that is stuck in the carpet and has started to dry out, you may need to use a heat method. If you have a blow dryer and a paper sack you can use this process to pull the gum out of the carpet. Apply the paper sack to the area that has the gum stuck and plug in your blow dryer. Set it to heat and use the heated air to heat up the gum but be sure you don’t over heat it. If you do you run the risk of potentially melting or burning the carpet fibers. Use the paper sack to pull up the gum as it softens. You can apply this method over and over to get the gum all the way out. The last bits can sometimes be treated with soap and warm water, and a clean cloth.
Freeze Gum to Remove from Carpet: If you want to try a different method especially if the gum is fresh then ice is your best option. Get a bag that zips shut so that it won’t leak and apply it to the gum that is on the carpet. You need to let it sit for some time to allow the gum to harden. This can take up to 30 minutes but you want to keep an eye on it. You then can use your fingernails of a dull hard plastic like a credit card to pick the pieces off. Don’t tug on the fibers and do your best to pull just the gum off the carpet. As it starts to soften you may need to apply the treatment again to get it all off. Just like the heating method you need to be ready to follow up with warm water and soap to treat the remnants.