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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet & Upholstery

Cleaning expert, Melissa Maker addresses the challenging issue of removing gum from a variety of ‘hosts’ including hair, carpet/upholstery and clothing. This is a very popular question and we have been asked multiple times about how to handle gum removal.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Carpet

3 different methods are demonstrated to show you exactly how to get rid of gum! It is possible with a little bit of work and the right tools. Enjoy!

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You will need the following items to remove chewing gum from your carpet:

1) Gum disaster
2) Boiling vinegar
3) Water
4) Dish soap
5) Paper towels
6) Oil
7) Fork
8) Toothbrush

For Carpet & Upholstery:

Use a fork and pick out as much gum as possible. Put 1 cup of vinegar into a kettle and let boil. It MUST be boiling vinegar! Get a bowl of water and a toothbrush to help clean the stain. Take your toothbrush, dip it into the kettle and brush up and away on the gum stain. Use the bowl of water to rinse your toothbrush in between brushes. For bad stains, pour a bit of vinegar directly on the stain and brush up and towards the center then blot with a paper towel. Afterwards, you can pretreat the stain like anything else. We like to use dish soap and a bit of water to remove any remaining residue.

For Clothing:

Throw the clothing article into a plastic bag and leave it in a freezer for 24 hours. The gum will freeze and become easier to break off. Take the garment and bend it to crack the gum, making it easier to pick away as much of it as possible. Any remaining gum can be brushed off with the side of a fork or a dull knife. You can use dish washing liquid and cool water or a stain remover/detergent to pretreat it then throw it in the wash.

For Hair:

Tie back unaffected hair. Pour the oil onto the affected area over a bowl or container. Use your fingers to pull the hair away from the gum. Use a wide tooth comb to brush out any leftover gum pieces. The oil, along with the natural oil in our hair, counteracts the adhesion of the gum.



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