Chewing gum

Getting chewing gum out of your carpet is never fun. It’s generally a very messy job and is definitely up there in the list of things that make you tempted to just replace the carpet. In homes it’s not something that happens as regularly as office environments, but, as especially anyone with kids knows, accidents can happen. Gum can be dropped and you can be faced with a messy afternoon on your knees trying to scrape it off, or decide that it’s not worth it and get a new one.

 

While we can’t promise that it won’t take a while, we do have two techniques that will make this job a little more bearable and quicker:

 

1: The Freezing method.

 

Your Tools:

 

  • Ice Cubes
  • Plastic Bag
  • Spoon or Butter Knife

 

Your Method:

 

Firstly, fill a small plastic bag with ice.

 

Holding the bag tightly (to avoid spills!), rub it over the offending gum to freeze it hard.

 

This should make scraping the gum off just that little bit easier as it should come up in a nice big chunk (or chunks!).

 

2: The Hair Dryer Method.

 

Your Tools:

 

  • Hair Dryer
  • Plastic Bag
  • Soft cloths

 

Your Method:

 

Firstly warm up your hair dryer.

 

Warm up the gum with the hairdryer by holding it close to the offending area (always check the instructions on this front, taking gum off the carpet will be the least of your worries if you burn the carpet! If in doubt, consult professional cleaning advice first!)


Once the gum is softened, use the soft cloths to slowly pull it out.