There are few things more rewarding than kids, but with kids can come messes. This means spills, accidents and in some cases, gum.
Gum is very difficult to get out of carpet. So difficult in fact, we at Louie’s Cleaning and Disaster Recover recommend you leave it for us to deal with. If you are in a situation where we are not coming for your regularly scheduled cleaning or are in a tight spot, there are a few things you can do to help get the gum out of your carpet in the meantime. We prefer you wait, but there are times.
Advance warning – you can damage your carpet if you are not careful. This is why we want you to wait.
The ice trick
Get a small bag of ice. Place it on the gum for about 20 minutes or so. The goal here is to freeze the gum so you can get it up and off the carpet. Gum will become brittle and break off – making it easy to remove. Expect some residue left behind for us to get for you. We will take care of it when we come to clean your carpets.
It may seem a bit strange, but heat does work to help pull gum out of carpet. Put a paper sack or clean cloth over the gum. Use a hair dryer to slowly warm up the gum. The gum will attach itself to the cloth or bag, making it easy to pull the gum up and away. Be careful – you can damage your carpet.
You can buy commercial gum removing products from big box stores and DIY stores, but this is NOT recommended. These products can stain or damage carpet if you do not know what you are doing. If you can, leave the gum for us to come and take out of your carpet instead.
As always, your best solution is for us at Vermillion Carpet Cleaning. Our techniques, tools and cleaning agents will get your carpets looking as good as the day they were installed – gum included.