How to Remove Gum from Carpet

16 Apr

Spring is in the air and the White Haven and Pocono Mountain area of Pennsylvania will soon experience an influx of tourists.   From hotel housekeeping to retail stores the amount of gum on the floors will definitely increase.

Removing gum from any carpet or area rug can be achieved with the proper tools and a little patience.   There are several ways this can be done.   As with any spot or soil removal attempt you don’t want to cause more damage than you already have.   So don’t rub, always blot, work the spot from the outside toward the center and pre test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first to see if there will be an adverse reaction with the carpet or rug.

One of the two methods that can be tried are freezing the gum and lift or chipping away the pieces.   I don’t usually recommend this approach as there is too much of a chance to disturb the face yarns and cause abrasion of the area being cleaned.   However if the wad of gum is large enough this method can be employed to remove a good portion and then you can proceed with the second method.

Freezing the gum spot on your rug can be accomplished by applying ice cubes directly to the gum until it becomes hard and workable.   You can also purchase a can of spray refrigerant from an electronics repair store which usually comes in an aerosol can.   The contents are normally used to cool down electronic components for troubleshooting but will freeze the chewy goo quickly.

The other method which I use and recommend is the application of a jelly like citrus solvent commonly referred to as gel solv or citus gel.   This may need to be purchased from a janitorial or specialty supply company.  Using a gel prevents the active ingredients to remain on the surface without quickly running through the primary backing.

You will need to use a dull object such as a spoon to try to remove most of the substance that has not attached itself to the fibers.   Carpet cleaners carry a specialized tool known as a bone scraper.

Apply enough gel to cover the wad and gently tamp with the back of your spoon then let it sit for about five minutes or so.   Work the outside of the gum toward the center checking to see if the piece will start to lift off or if it can be worked into a slurry.

After converting the lump into a slurry you can use a white absorbent towel to extract the mess from the yarns.   If needed you can repeat these steps but rinse the area with plain water between attempts.   Your final step should be a fresh water rinse with a dab of dry cleaning solution to ensure the removal of any soapy residue.

For more helpful tips visit my blog at http://procleaner.biz/blog/spottips/blog.html.  Have a specific question, drop me an email at info@procleaner.biz and we just might blog about it.

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