If we all can agree on one thing, it is that gum in the carpet is the worst! It is disgusting and is notorious for attracting dirt and filth. Not to mention, gum is not the easiest to remove. If you have this sticky situation on your hands, do not fret! We know how to get gum out of carpet. We have simple solutions to get your beautiful carpet looking fresh!
Freezing gum out of your carpet is a fairly simple method. That being said, freezing is much more effective for fresh gum than old, dark gum. The key is to freeze fresh gum soon and as quickly as you can. Apply an ice pack or bag of ice to the gum and insulate it with a small towel to keep it from melting too fast. Let the ice pack sit on the gum for about 15 minutes. As it freezes, the gum will harden. At that point, the gum can break off of your carpet. After it is frozen, you can also scrape the gum out gently with a butter knife or spoon. You may need to repeat the process a few times to get it all out. After the freezing and scraping are done, you can treat the area as you would with a normal stain. Please note that even the best carpet stain remover can ruin your carpet if you are not one hundred percent sure what you are doing.
Gum hardens the longer it is exposed to air. Over long periods of time, it will collect dirt, cling deep into the fibers of your carpet, and look black and gross. For tougher, older gum, you can use a greasy substance. Oil tends to break down the stickiness of the gum, allowing it to come out easier. Greasy substances such as WD-40, olive oil, and peanut butter can be used. Pour some of it on the gum and allow it to sit on the area for a few minutes. Then, remove gently by scraping with a metal spoon. Although it can be great at removing gum, greasy substances can also leave another oily mess that will need to be cleaned as well. In this case, we highly recommend hiring a carpet cleaning professional to get the job done rather than apply an oily substance to the carpet that could cause a bigger problem. Another thing to remember about cleaning gum out of your carpet is to avoid using rubbing alcohol or other harsh carpet cleaners.
If you need someone who knows how to remove gum from carpet, Zerorez® is the best carpet cleaning company in Southwest Florida! Our professional technicians can restore your carpet without leaving behind any residue. Zerorez® uses Powered Water®, which is free of harsh chemicals, soaps, or oils. It is a cleaning process that uses oxidized water to break down embedded bacteria and dirt, leaving your carpet looking much more fresh and clean! You may also want to consider protecting your carpet from future gum problems through Zerorez®, too! You can contact us for all of your carpet (and gum) cleaning needs!
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