Chewing Gum Removal

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At some time or another you will be faced with gum on the carpet. Your first thought may be to phone a carpet cleaner, however gum removal is easier than you think.

The method of removal will depend on whether the gum on the carpet is a recent addition or a longstanding dried residue.

If the gum is still fresh on the carpet, then it needs to be frozen solid. Simply place a small bag full of ice cubes on top of the gum for around 15 minutes until it hardens and then scrape it off with a sharp blade, taking care not to remove too much of the carpet in the process.

If you are dealing with old gum that has solidified over a period of time, then some form of solvent will be required. However, don’t reach for white spirits or similar. You will need to use a citrus based gel. These products can be found at your local janitorial store.

Firstly, punch some holes in the surface of the hardened gum and then apply the citrus gel. It will find its way into the holes you have made and start to make the gum brittle. You will then be able to scrape off the gum deposit. You may repeat this process but use the citrus gel as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Finally, rinse the area with cold water.

The reason why a gel product is preferred to using a liquid solvent is that liquid solvents when penetrate through to the backing of the carpet, causing the backing to delaminate. It is also difficult to rinse solvent residues out of your carpet.

Gel based products will sit on the surface of the carpet and not cause any damage to the backing. They also allow you much more control over the gum removal process.

These processes can also be used on other types of sticky marks, for example blu-tak or gaffer tape residues.

If the gum is still fresh on the carpet, then it needs to be frozen solid. Simply place a small bag full of ice cubes on top of the gum for around 15 minutes until it hardens and then scrape it off with a sharp blade, taking care not to remove too much of the carpet in the process.

If you are dealing with old gum that has solidified over a period of time, then some form of solvent will be required. However, don

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