Chewing gum stuck in carpet? How can that happen? How to remove it from carpet? Someone stepped in gum and did not take their shoes off before entering the house, or maybe the children were doing an unofficial science project and forgot to tell you about it.
However it happened, there it is. It just sits there mocking you, almost laughing at how it has decorated your lovely carpet. You do not have to put up with that. You can take care of that chewing gum with some items you probably have in the home.
How to get gum out of carpet without ice
The most popular method is to freeze it. Grab a freezer bag and load it with some ice cubes. Place that bag on the gum and walk away. Let it sit for around half an hour. Use this time to instruct your loved ones about shoes, carpet, and science projects.
The chewing gum should be frozen and brittle by now and you can remove the ice pack. Take a simple butter knife and gently scrape the gum upwards. If you are lucky, it will begin to lift and stay in one piece. It might remind you of play dough or silly putty at this point. If you aren’t as lucky, it will crack and break into pieces. This if fine, it just takes a little more work to scrape at each broken chuck. Once you have most of it up, you might try refreezing it again and repeat the process.
Remove Gum from Carpet with Vinegar
How does vinegar remove gum from carpet?
#1. Place ice cubes in a plastic zip bag and set the bag on the site of the stuck gum, whether it’s on your clothing, upholstery or carpet. Leave the ice bag on the gum for 15 minutes or so to cause the gum to harden.
#2. Scrape the gum substance from the surface, using the dull side of a table knife. Dispose of the hardened gum in the garbage.
#3. Heat 1/2 cup white vinegar, placed in a microwave-safe bowl, in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.
#4. Dip an old toothbrush into the warmed vinegar. Scrub at the gum remnants on your fabric, upholstery or carpet, using the toothbrush. As you scrub with the warm vinegar, the remaining gum will ball up onto the toothbrush.
#5. Remove the gum from the toothbrush with a paper towel. Dip the toothbrush in the warmed vinegar and repeat the process, if necessary, until all the gum is removed.
#6. Launder clothing according to the directions and allow your upholstery and carpet to air-dry. The smell of vinegar will dissipate when it dries.
Clean Ground in Chewing Gum
If the gum is old and really ground into the carpet it might be a bit harder. Still try the ice method, but if that doesn’t work, you can try putting a small amount of peanut butter on the gum. The oil in the peanut butter softens the gum and you can dab at it to get it up. The peanut butter will leave a bit of oily residue though, so then you have to use some water and a tiny amount of dish washing soap to dab at that. This can be a bit tricky, so you might want to call a professional carpet cleaner in to take care of it.
Clean Chewing Gum with Patience
With both methods, patience is the key. It takes time. Work slowly and gently. Rubbing and pulling can damage your carpet fibers so remember the time spent is saving you from frustration. If you don’t have the patience to deal with it, you can always call a professional carpet cleaner to handle it for you.
To remove chewing gum from carpet, you can use your hair dryer. Just heat the gum, being careful not to melt any carpet fibers. Then you can use a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag to lift the softened gum away. Allow it to stick to the plastic, and pull it up. This will often get most of the gum.
To remove chewing gum from carpet, get out your electric hair dryer. Heat the gum, being careful not to melt the carpet fibers. Use a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag to lift the softened gum away. Just allow it to stick to the plastic, then pull it up. This may get most of it.
Next, apply Extra Strength Ben Gay, or another muscle rub containing methyl salicylate. Use plastic again, or a rag to pull more gum out. Repeat if necessary. Once you completely remove the chewing gum from the carpet, clean the area with a mild detergent solution (a few drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water will work). Rinse with warm water and dry the area.