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11 November 2010

How to remove chewing gum from carpet

These are the most common methods.

1. Liquid Nitrogen

Comes in an aerosol that you simply spray onto the gum which freezes and becomes brittle. You then break the gum up with a blunt serrated edged knife and vacuum it up. The downside is that unless you remove it completely it will become soft again and the bits will re-attach to the carpet.

2. Ice

Some of the housekeeping shows on television recommend putting ice on the gum to freeze it. This is not effective as the ice will not freeze the gum and the downside of this is that the melting ice can cause a water mark.

3. Liquid Solvent

The skin of the gum should be pierced and then the solvent applied sparingly. After leaving for five minutes agitate the gum with a blunt serrated edged knife. Repeat this process until the gum is completely removed, wiping it with a clean tissue. The downside of this is that the solvent will almost certainly leave a stain. Also if the carpet has been fitted using adhesive the carpet could bubble up. Be warned many carpet tiles are bitumen backed, and the solvent could liquefy the bitumen leaving a brown stain which is almost impossible to remove.

4. Solvent Gel

We recommend Prochem Citrus Gel E840 which is what most professionals use. Again you pierce the skin of the gum and apply the gel which has the appearance and texture of toothpaste. It sits on the gum and slowly liquefies it and after five to ten minutes you simply scrape it away with a blunt serrated edged knife. Repeat this process until the gum is completely removed, wiping it with a clean tissue. The downside of this is that the gel will almost certainly leave a stain.

In all of the above cases the carpet will then need to be cleaned with a hot water extraction carpet cleaning machine. Although these can be hired, unless you know what you're doing it's quicker and more effective to get a professional in.

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