Removing Sticky Gum from Your Carpet
Kids love bubble gum and when these tasty and sweet treats lost their color and flavor, they typically end up leaving the tasteless gum in different places inside the home, especially in the carpet. Getting the sticky gum out of your carpet could be a tiring task to be done which becomes tougher the longer they stay on where they are. When they are left on the carpet for days to weeks, it will be harder for you to remove them, causing damage to your carpet.
Here are some methods that you can use to remove the sticky gum on your precious carpet:
Using Ice Cubes
One of the simplest and most effective ways to use when getting rid of the bubble gum on your carpet is to use ice cubes for freeze them. You get a bag and then fill that with ice and put the ice on the bubble gum and leave it on for around thirty minutes. When the gum is already hard and frozen, pry it using a dull kitchen knife or your fingertips. Cold bubble gum will be brittle and less sticky, so you can easily break it from the carpet with ease.
When the fibers of the carpet stick to the gum, you try to hold them using your fingers underneath the gum while trying to pull it. It will be best if you begin with breaking the gum into pieces work one piece at a time to avoid pulling the cloth fibers together with the gum.
Heat the Bubble Gum
Place a paper sack or you can use a neat cloth placed above the gum. Then, get your hair dryer to heat the surface and make the gum soft. While the bubble gum is loosening up, it would start to stick to the cloth or bag you have placed on top of it. Just be careful that you use just the right amount of heat to avoid melting the carpet fibers too. With extreme heat, you can cause melt marks or burn to your expensive investment.
Once the gum is already soft, lift the sack or cloth that should lift a few amount of the softened gum. Blot the heated gum using the sack, allowing it to stick. Pick gently the residue until the carpet is totally free from sticky gum. You can also try a combination of freezing and heating when using this technique for best results.
You can also try to use solvents for breaking down the sticky gum. Many grocery shops and department stores have some sort of gum or goo remover solvent that you can use to get rid of the gum on your carpet. Carefully read the given instructions for success and then apply just the right amount of the solvent to your carpet and work it in with caution using a brush. After, you can vacuum or blot the sticky gum while it softens & dissolves. Do the same things again but be careful not to cause damage to your carpet.
Get Rid of the Residue
After following these steps, you might be unhappy seeing some remaining residue on the carpet. To eliminate the rest, you can use a muscle pain reliever for lubricating the bubble gum and release the residue. Try to remove the residue using your fingers and then gently pull or blot the gum using your fingers. When done, apply some soap and hot water to the surface and continue flushing or blotting until the area is already clean.
If you need help, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We specialize in dealing with different stains and spots on your carpet.
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