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How to Remove Chewing Gum from your Carpet

Date posted: 22 November 2016

Because of its sticky texture, chewing gum needs to be dealt with slightly differently to most carpet stains. If it is still soft, the key thing is to freeze it before trying to remove it – as this will make the job easier, and deliver better results.

Follow these steps to get chewing gum off your carpet:

  1. If the chewing gum is still soft, you can make it hard and brittle by “freezing” it. Achieve this by placing ice in a tough plastic bag and putting this on the chewing gum to freeze it. If you risk using a thin plastic bag, you may find it sticks to the chewing gum and creates an additional problem – so make sure the bag you use is thick, or simply apply the ice directly onto the gum (you can hold it in a tea towel to protect your fingers from the cold!). Make sure the ice water doesn't drip onto the carpet or chewing gum or it will get too wet. If the chewing gum is already dry and hard, you can move straight to step 2.
     
  2. Using a blunt knife, spoon or fingernail, scrape off the excess chewing gum.
     
  3. Use a clean white cloth dipped in a suitable dry cleaning solvent or chewing gum remover to sponge the stain. Always test the solvent on a hidden area of your carpet (e.g. an area usually hidden under furniture) before you use it on the stain itself, just in case it discolours or harms your carpet. You will need to take extra special care over which cleaning fluid you use if you are removing the stain from a natural fibre carpet such as wool, which are particularly prone to damage by solvents.
     
  4. Gently blot the stain until the solvent is fully absorbed.
     
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the chewing gum has completely disappeared from your carpet. If the chewing gum proves particularly stubborn, and there is still some remaining, move on to step 6.
     
  6. Mix two cups of warm water, one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar to create a new cleaning solution.
     
  7. Sponge the stain with a clean cloth dipped in a small amount of this solution.
     
  8. Blot at the stain until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
     
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until the chewing gum has shifted. 
     
  10. Use a little cold water and a clean white cloth to sponge the area to remove any residual cleaning solution.
     
  11. Blot the area dry.

You can use exactly the same process to get rid of chewing gum from upholstery.

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