Chewing gum. Your best friend when you find yourself in need of minty fresh breath, but have you ever accidentally walked chewing gum into your carpet from the sole of your shoe? Then that tasty friend becomes your worst nightmare. Gum is notoriously one of the hardest things to remove, from carpets to your car seats – but we have a solution for you. Keep reading for three easy how to guides to get chewing gum out of the carpet.
The WD-40 Method:
Surely you have a trusty bottle of WD-40® in your cupboard? No? Then you can grab one in a store near you or online here. Now that you have that famous blue and red can, you can tackle that unsightly, sticky stain.
What you will need:
- WD-40 Multi-Use Smart Straw
- Fingernail brush
- Clean sponge
- Warm water
Step 1: Spray a generous amount of WD-40 directly onto the gum.
Step 2: Let it sit on the gum for a few minutes.
Step 3: Use the fingernail brush to remove the gum, scrubbing in the same direction.
Step 4: Keep applying WD-40 and scrubbing.
Step 5: Repeat as much as needed.
Step 6: Once the gum is removed, use the carpet cleaner to remove the stain.
Step 7: Rinse a clean sponge with warm water and gently clean the area until the stain is no longer visible.
Pro Tip: Have you ever got chewing gum stuck on the bottom of your shoes too? Well WD-40 can also remove gum from shoes. Read more in our guide How To Remove Chewing Gum From Shoes.
The Ice Method:
Always act immediately when you see chewing gum on your carpet. Don’t hesitate! Go grab a bag of ice or a bag of peas! One of the best ways to remove chewing gum is to freeze it so that it hardens and can be easily removed from the carpet.
What you will need:
- A scraping tool
- A bag of ice
- Carpet cleaner
- Clean towel
Step 1: Grab a bag of ice.
Step 2: Place the bag on the stain for as long as needed until you see the gum hardening.
Step 3: Use a scraping tool such as a knife to pick at the stain and peel it off the carpet.
Step 4: Once you have removed the gum, you don’t want it to leave a stain, so lightly dab a sponge dipped in carpet cleaner onto the stain and gently rub it in.
Step 5: Use a clean towel to pat the area dry.
The Hairdryer Method:
Run out of ice in the freezer? Well, surely you have a hair dryer? In this case, go grab your hair dryer to melt the chewing gum.
You will need:
- Plastic bag
- Scraping tool
Step 1: Turn your hairdryer on and aim it at the stain.
Step 2: Be careful not to turn on the hairdryer too high as you can melt the fibres of the carpet. Keep watching to make sure that you are only melting the chewing gum.
Step 3: When the gum starts to melt, use the plastic bag to scrape it off. As it has melted, it should be easy to remove with the plastic bag.
Step 4: Continue the above process until the gum is removed.
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