Gum occurs in unlikeliest of places. Whichever way it got into those places is anything but anyone’s guess. It could be by purpose or chance.
But it’s undebatable that smeared gum on surfaces is annoying. The gum is a disgusting nuisance that you need to eliminate while fresh.
Time is of the essence. As time passes, the bond between the carpet fibers and the gum strengthens, and the difficulty of removing increases.
When you pull the gum out when it’s old and dried, the results are unpleasing. The gum comes off with pieces of fibers; thus, leave ugly patches on valuable furnishings.
Before you even think of tossing gum-smeared carpet into the dustbin, there is hope that you can still salvage the carpet without ruining the precious fabric.
Various techniques exist. Well, that’s what this article is all about. Let’s examine how you can leverage them.
You Might Need Any or Combination of the Following Tools and Materials
- Ice cubes
- Plastic bag
- Distilled white vinegar
- Hard object
- Clean cloth
- Paper towel
- Butter knife or cuticle spoon
- Coconut or mineral oil
- Dishwashing liquid
- Eucalyptus oil or Dencorub gel
It’s easy for the frozen gum to peel off from the fabric when you place it in a freezer.
- Wrap the carpet inside a polythene bag and leave them inside a freezer for a couple of hours.
- Use a blunt butter knife to scrape off the gum. However, some residues might remain. In such a case, scrub the white of an egg against them.
- Then, add a blend of dish soap and vinegar to the stained spot and scrub.
- Lastly, wash the carpet.
White distilled vinegar
White distilled vinegar is a go-to choice in homes, and it’s unsurprising why it’s a popular choice.
For one, distillation removes microbes that aid and abet the strengthening of the bond. For best results, use distilled white vinegar in conjunction with ice. Let’s see how you can do this:
- Wrap a towel around ice cubes and press them against the gum for five minutes. The ice will siphon temperature from the gum, resulting in solidification. When ice cubes are about to melt, unwrap them from the towel and replace them with new ones. When ice melts, it saturates the carpet, which is undesirable.
- When the gum solidifies, smash it with a hard object to smithereens. Suck up the fragments with a vacuum cleaner.
- Now, it’s time to make a vinegar solution. Vinegar is powerful. High concentrations of vinegar can ruin delicate fibers. If you are a proud owner of a shag carpet, then prepare a vinegar solution that involves adding a 1/4 part to 4 parts of water. For synthetic carpets, mix one part of vinegar to two water parts. If natural fibers constitute the carpet, mix one vinegar part to one water part.
- When gum residues remain, don’t fret. Soak a clean cloth in the vinegar solution you prepared above. Press the damp cloth gently against the residue to saturate the spot. Don’t rub. Wait for up to 20 minutes.
- Obtain another clean cloth and soak it in water. Once more, press the damp cloth against the spot to blot up the vinegar until capillary action stops. Dry out the carpet. You can leave it to dry under the sun or pass a draft of air using a box fan. Repeat this step until all the stain fades.
- Once again, expedite the drying process using the box fan to keep the moist parts of your carpet from developing mildew.
Apple cider vinegar
It’s a popular cleaner because it’s uncostly and possesses anti-microbe properties.
- Warm the solvent and soak a clean cloth in it. Dab the damp cloth onto the carpet.
- Use the butter knife to scrape the gobs.
- Afterward, brush the broken pieces off of the spot with a toothbrush. You might need to replace the toothbrush.
This process involves the use of pure solvents to remove dirt or stain.
- Estimate the gum size. In cardboard, cut a hole with the gum size. Then, place it over the spot, so it fits the gum and covers the rest of the carpet.
- Scrape the gob gently.
- Use a clean white garment to apply a dry-cleaning solvent or a lacquer thinner to the spot to remove the residues. Then, apply a prewash product and rinse. Blot up the liquid from the stain until capillary action stops.
- If the stain doesn’t fade, don’t fret. Apply to the spot a mixture of one part of coconut oil with eight times as much the dry-cleaning solvent.
- Soak an absorbent material in the mixture and cover the stain with it.
- If the stain persists, repeat the procedure. Wait for five minutes. Then, press the absorbent cloth against the spot to encourage blotting up of the remaining liquid.
- Keep on switching between soaking and pressing until the stain fades completely. Lastly, sponge the spot gently with the dry-cleaning solvent. Leave the carpet to dry.
Chewing gum is soluble in some solvents like vinegar, but it doesn’t dissolve in water or saliva. Dissolution seems like a better alternative to scraping and oiling.
- Soak a clean white garment in eucalyptus oil or Dencorub gel
- Rub the wet cloth against the gob to soften it. Be sure to work into the fibers and remove the garment.
- Use the cuticle spoon or butter knife to scrape the softened gob.
- Ensure you remove the sticky substance from the spoon or knife every time you scrape.
- When not much oil or gel residue remains, use water and dishwashing liquid to clean it.
You can leverage the use of this water displacement lubricant to remove stubborn stains.
- Use as blunt a knife as a cuticle spoon or butter knife to scrape away as much of the gob as possible.
- Spray the oil-based product on the gummy substance on the carpet.
- Wait for about five minutes.
- Use an absorbent material like a paper towel to blot up as much liquid from the stain as possible.
- Use a wet cloth to rinse the spot.
- If the stain persists, repeat the procedure until all of it fades.
- If you see oily residues, apply liquid detergent and rub gently.
- Wash and rinse the carpet as usual.
The spread contains oils and fats that qualify it as a gum-removing product. It’s a hydrocarbon that isn’t hydrophilic. Gum is just as hydrophobic.
As such, both substances cancel out each other. Shop for creamy peanut butter.
- Smear the creamy spread onto the gob.
- Wait for about 10 minutes for it to react with the gum.
- Use the cuticle spoon to remove the resultant wad from the carpet.
- Wash the carpet.
Gum is an annoying and disgusting substance. While it’s an undeniable fact that gum has benefits, it’s waste is a nuisance if you don’t dispose of it properly.
And this sticky mess can transfer from one garment to another. You can’t underestimate the extent of damage the substance can cause.
Fortunately, we have covered some of the basic techniques you can leverage to get rid of this unwanted substance from your carpet.
Dissolution, freezing, and dry-cleaning are among the methods we have covered. The availability of the materials affects your choice. We hope this brief guide helps.