chewing gum in carpet

How to get chewing gum out of your carpet

There’s nothing worse than discovering a piece of chewing gum stuck in your carpet, and it may seem like a huge, long winded task to get it out. Don’t panic though, we have got you covered! We have created a handy guide that will help you remove gum from the carpet.

Time is of the essence!

Like many stains, the quicker you react to them, the easier they will be to remove! The longer the gum stain sits there then it is less likely to come out, and this method may not be as effective.


The freezing method

Step #1

Place a few handfuls of ice in a ziplock bag of tea towel.

Step #2

Next, put the bag of ice directly onto the chewing gum stain, this will then act as a freezer and start to harden the gum – making it easier to remove from the carpet.

Step #3

Carefully use a scraping tool to get the tougher bits of the chewing gum out of the carpet.

Step #4

Finally, start sponging the gum stain with cleaning fluid, to get any sticky residue away.

The hair dryer method

Step #1

Use the hairdryer to heat up the chewing gum – be careful not to burn the carpet or cause any other damage!

Step #2

Once, the gum is softened enough then you can start to carefully pull it out of the carpet.

Step #3

Once the chewing gum has been extracted from the carpet fibres, be sure to clean where the chewing gum was to get rid of any leftover stains.

Additional tips and advice

It is always handy to know that warm vinegar is another cleaner that can remove gum and the residue it leaves behind – make sure you give it plenty of time to work, the rinse the carpet with clean water. There are also products that you can buy specifically designed for getting gum stains out of carpets, which are located in the cleaning aisle at your local supermarket. However, if the stain is proving too hard to get rid of then you may want to consider, potentially filing out out with a nail file or sandpaper – but keeping in mind this will likely remove some of the carpet fibres as well.

Our cleaning services

Getting out tough stains like this one can seem like a nightmare at the time. However, if you’re looking someone to keep on top of your daily cleaning tasks – we are here to help! Here at Bizzy Maid, we offer home cleaning services to the areas of Crawley, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Redhill & Reigate.

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