How to remove gum from carpets – Office Cleaning Tips

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How to Remove Gum from Carpet – Office Cleaning Tips

For a lot of office staff, chewing on gum is a flavourful treat that exercises your jaw, eliminates boredom and helps smokers stay away from cigarettes by replacing their oral fixation with a non-toxic alternative. For some people it may let them keep active and promote confidence. However, gum can get tracked into your office on the bottom of your shoe and stick in your carpet. There are ways to remove gum from carpet.

Method 1: Freezing.

Put some ice cubes into a resealable plastic bag and make an ice bag. Lay it on top of the gum. You can also use a frozen cold pack for muscle pain. Allow the ice pack to sit for about 30 minutes before attempting to remove the gum from carpet.

Lift up the ice pack from the gum. Feel the gum to ensure that it’s frozen solid. The longer the ice pack sits, the harder the gum will become and the easier it will be to remove from your carpet.

Once it is frozen solid, gently attempt to lift the gum up off of the carpet fibres. Allow it to crack and break into fragments and remove as much as possible. Rub ice over stubborn areas that won’t lift off and repeat as required.

Look to check if any gum is left on the carpet. Should you have additional gum stuck in the fibres, check around your house for a muscle-rub product that contains “methyl salicylate” as an ingredient. This is a plant-based wintergreen oil with loosening agents that will remove any remaining gum from carpet. Rub the product into the wad with a soft cloth, then use an old toothbrush to bring up any remaining gum from carpet as you continue brushing the gum up and away from the fibres.

Finish your cleaning mission by cleaning the spot with a mild detergent and a splash of vinegar to eliminate any odors. Blot dry with a thick towel and don’t walk on that area until it is completely dry.