There are many tricks and hacks for getting gum out of hair, such as using peanut butter or oil to loosen its grip. And there’s always the trusty scissors if that proves ineffective.
Unfortunately, you can’t do the same for the carpet in your home. That would just make the problem worse by adding a stain!
So, how do you get gum out of your carpet?
This is one catastrophe that homeowners and customers of Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning often experience. They often resign themselves to a bringing in our professionals to take care of the sticky stuff for them.
Today, we’ll spare you the time and expense with step-by-step instructions that you can follow to get gum out of your carpet – sticky candy, too.
And don’t worry, it doesn’t involve peanut butter or scissors!
Prepping to Get Gum Out of Your Carpet
All it takes are a few simple items that you probably already have lying around the house to get that gum out quickly and easily.
You’ll soon be happy that the mishap caused no major damage, and your child will be relieved that they won’t be paying for new carpet out of their allowance for the next decade.
To work the magic, you will need the following “tools” of the gum removal trade:
- Ice cubes
- Ziploc/plastic bag
- Scraping instrument
- Sponge with soap
- Towel or rag
Now, you can use Acme’s five steps on how to get gum out of your carpet quickly and more efficiently. Remember, the faster you get to the affected area, the easier it will be to successfully restore the carpet.
5 Easy Steps for Gum Removal
- 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 out of your carpet doesn’t work, 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 provide professional annual cleanings.