There are certain types of food and drink that cause more issues with regards to staining or damaging carpets than others, and one of them is gum. Whilst it could be debatable whether gum should actually be classed as a food or not, nevertheless, if some gum gets onto your carpet, then you may have a rather tricky carpet cleaning task on your hands.
You will note we said tricky and not impossible because although it may take some effort to remove gum from your carpet, there should not be any reason that you cannot remove it, provided you follow one of the four methods we are about to explain.
Before we do, there is just one critically important point we need to make and that is that wherever possible try to remove gum from you carpet as soon as possible. Waiting , even for an hour, will make the task much more difficult. Ok, let us start with the first method.
The Hairdryer Treatment
If the gum has hardened then it is possible to loosen it by applying heat which obviously comes from the hairdryer. Point the hot air outlet directly at the gum so that it loosens but do not do it for too long as you do not want the gum to completely melt as this causes it to soak further into the fibres.
Once the gum is loosened, use a scraping tool or a flat butter knife to scrape the gum from the carpet. Keep repeating the process until you have removed as much gum as you can. For any remaining staining, use mild carpet cleaner or mild detergent and warm water on the stain and blot it up to dry it with an absorbent towel.
On the flip side of heating the gum is the option of freezing it. This is done using a few ice cubes which you place inside a sealable plastic bag. take the bag and sit it on top of the gum and keep checking until you are satisfied that the gum has hardened due to the low temperature created by the ice cubes.
When gum is hardened it should be a lot easier to scrape it from the carpet as it will not have the same sticky characteristics that it has when it is soft. Once you have removed most of the gum you can remove any remaining stain in the same way as the previous method.
Use Solvents To Solve It
There are countless carpet cleaning solutions, solvents and even WD-40 that are capable of helping you to remove gum from your carpet. Whichever you plan to use, read the instructions for it plus the carpet manufacturers instructions first, to ensure it is safe to use.
Try a small amount on a cloth and then apply it to the gum. Keep applying more solution and then let this sit for a few minutes before you try scraping off the gum. Again, use warm water and mild detergent or carpet cleaner to remove any traces of the stain and the solvent you used.
Call In The Professionals
If, despite your best efforts, the gum seems to be permanently stuck in your carpet, then the fourth option is to call a professional carpet cleaning company who will almost certainly be able to remove it for you. While you are at it, you might ask them to clean all your carpets to give them a new lease of life.