We all love our kids, but their shenanigans can certainly leave us shaking our heads. And sometimes the mischief can escalate into expensive, even irreparable mishaps. One catastrophe that homeowners and customers of Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning often experience is having food items ground into their carpet. Luckily, we’re here to share how to get gum and sticky candy out of carpet!
While it might seem impossible, it’s much easier than you might think, especially if you get to it early. And thankfully it doesn’t involve pulling out the scissors and resigning yourself to removing a few (or several) patches of your brand new carpet in a highly visible area of your living room.
All it takes are a few simple items that you probably already have lying around the house to erase the damage quickly and easily. You’ll be delighted that the mishap caused no permanent damage, and your child will be relieved that they won’t be paying for new carpet with a decade of surrendered allowance.
To work the magic, you will need the following “tools” of the gum removal trade:
- Ice cubes
- Ziploc bag
- Scraping instrument
- Sponge with soap
- Towel or rag
See, you probably already have everything that you need on hand! Now you can use our five steps on how to get gum and sticky candy out of carpet quickly and more efficiently. Remember, the faster you get to the affected area, the easier it will be to successfully restore the carpet. So, let’s get to the five steps before handing out punishment for creating the mess:
- Fill a Ziploc bag with ice cubes and hold them against the affected area. The cold will harden the gum or candy and reduce its stickiness, making it easier to remove the biggest chunks.
- Use a scraping instrument, like the non-serrated side of a butter knife, to pick away at the hardened gum – remove and discard the larger pieces.
- Get out your vacuum and put it to work sucking up the rest of the small particles that have been scraped loose.
- Prep some warm, soapy water and using a sponge, massage the area in a circular motion until all remaining particles have been loosened and cleaned away.
- Pat the area dry with a clean towel or rag and leave it covered for a few minutes so that the towel can absorb any remaining moisture.
There you have it! An efficient and easy way of removing sticky gunk from your carpets, even your sofa upholstered in a lovely chenille. Now, if the gum is already old or ground in, this may not be enough. In that case, you can try a solvent based tar and adhesive remover like Goo Gone or repeat the steps.
If following our five steps on how to get gum and sticky candy out of carpet doesn’t work, or you simply don’t have the time to tackle the job yourself, you can always call the friendly pros at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. We help customers with kid catastrophes, pet pandemonium, as well as basic maintenance cleanings. No job is too big or too small!