Whether it’s been carelessly dropped or brought in on someone’s shoe, at some point you’ll have to deal with the minty fresh nightmare of chewing gum in your carpet. You might be lucky enough to pick it up before it’s squashed, if you’re not so lucky then it can become very frustrating to get out. Here are some effective ways of dealing with the situation.
This tends to be the go-to method for dealing with chewing gum, as it’s the easiest and pretty much all houses will have quick access to ice. Press down on the gum with the ice, and once it becomes harder you can then begin to scrape it off with a knife.
Peanut butter has always been the classic way of getting chewing gum out of hair, and it can also work well with carpet too. You will need about a tablespoon of peanut butter and rub it into the gum, then remove with a damp cloth. Anything that remains in the carpet can be taken care of with a cloth and some soapy water.
Peanut butter is effective because of its oils, so using vegetable or olive oil can be another ideal technique. Put some of the oil onto your fingers and pick the gum right out of the carpet. There is the risk of the oil staining your carpet so it’s only a good idea to do this if you have run out of other options.
Another handy method as the majority of houses will have a bottle of it. Soak the vinegar onto the sticky area of carpet and leave it for about ten minutes. Then start to scrape the gum out, using a butter knife would be best as it stands less chance of damaging the carpet. It would be wise to test the vinegar on a small hidden area of carpet first as it can sometimes make the colour bleed.
Spray a small amount of WD-40 onto the gum, then use the same technique as with oil and begin to pick the gum out of the carpet. Once you have got rid of the gum it’s crucial to make sure you then wash all of the WD-40 out of your carpet, as it is flammable.
Specialised ‘goo’ cleaners
There are also a number of cleaning products available that are specifically designed to take care of sticky problems like chewing gum. If you have exhausted all of the methods above then this may be an option, or if it still won’t budge you should consider getting a professional carpet cleaner to take care of it.
A small chewed up ball of gum can be a massive amount of hassle if it becomes squashed into your carpet, especially if you don’t act quickly. The methods above will help you to get gum out of a variety of different types of carpet.