5 Ways to Remove Gum From Carpeting
1. THE SIMPLE ICE CUBE
Since ice is available in nearly all households, this is an easy method to try first. Press an ice cube against the gum and hold it there long enough for the gum to become brittle. Then you can simply use a butter knife to scrape the hardened gum off of the carpet. This is the first - and simplest - method recommended by SUPERMACHINE, the best carpet cleaners in Northridge, CA.
2. VEGETABLE OR OLIVE OIL
A teaspoon of cooking oil applied to the gum will make it possible to use your fingers and just pick it out. The stickiness of the gum will be reduced by the oil. NOTE: Oil can stain your carpet. Try other methods first, then only resort to this method if you don't have any other options. Stains may be prevented or reduced if you use a carpet cleaning product immediately afterwards, then vacuum the spot thoroughly.
3. PEANUT BUTTER
Remember the kid who sat behind you in 3rd grade and thought it was funny to stick gum in your hair? Your mom might have resorted to an old classic: peanut butter. Not only does this common pantry item work on hair, it can also get gum out of carpets. Apply a small amount (+/- 1 teaspoon) of peanut butter to the stuck gum and after a few minutes, use a damp cloth to wipe it up. Any gum left behind may be able to be removed with a soapy washcloth. (See caution above regarding preventing oil stains if you use this method.)
Yes, vinegar (preferably white) can also help remove gum from carpet fibers. Allow the vinegar to penetrate the gummy spot for 15-20 minutes. Then use a dull knife to carefully scrape it off. Because vinegar may cause some carpet dyes to bleed, test it on an out-of-sight patch of carpeting before you start.
5. GOO GONE
Although it works well, it's less likely that you'll have this on hand and the methods above work as well or better, but it's worth mentioning Goo Gone as a last resort. It will counteract the stickiness and make it possible to use a damp washcloth to remove the gum.
If none of the above methods work and you're left with gum still stubbornly clinging to your carpeting, call SUPERMACHINE CARPET CLEANERS, the best carpet cleaners in Northridge, CA at (818) 886-7001. Our professional team of carpet care experts will be more than happy to solve this "sticky" problem for you!