Gum, while a pleasant treat, can be a sticky, unforgiving mess. If you find yourself in a “sticky” situation, do not panic! Getting gum stuck in your carpet is actually pretty common. Just take a deep breath and follow our helpful steps on how to remove it:
Step One: Taking a damp, white paper towel, blot the area. Make sure to never rub in the stained area, but always make a blotting motion.
Step Two: Leave a clean, white paper towel over the top of the soiled area overnight. Be sure to weigh down the paper towel with a heavy object.
Step Three: Grab an ice cube and gently freeze the gum-stained area.
Step Four: After the gum has been frozen, you will want to take a spoon and begin gently “scraping” the area. We use the word scraping lightly because you want to make sure you do not damage the fibers during this step. Turn the spoon upside down and push the gum with the direction of the spoon’s bottom facing upwards.
Step Five: Vacuum the remaining area and any ice cubes that have been left behind. Make sure to use an upright vacuum with a beater bar.
Step Six: Taking a white, damp cloth, blot the area until it is dampened. Once the area has been dampened with water, take a dry, white cloth and dry the area in a blotting motion.
Note: If the gum has not been removed, you may want to hire a professional carpet cleaner to remove the remaining gum.
Disclaimer: Remember carpets are made differently, our steps are a general guideline. To ensure you follow the correct procedure, visit your specific carpet manufacturer’s website and follow their step by step guide. If you are having difficulty finding their guide, call one of their customer service representatives to make sure to you do not damage the fibers. We would be happy to assist you with any further questions or concerns you may have.