how to get gum out of a carpet

It’s finally happened. You were going about your cleaning tasks, and you found something you never wanted to see. There’s gum stuck to your carpet.

Whether it was your accident or someone else’s, you now have to find a way to get rid of it. Trying to peel it up isn’t effective, so what can you do?

We’re here to help. Read on to learn how to get gum out of a carpet without ruining your floors.

Try WD-40

Using water isn’t an effective way to get gum out of a carpet. If you’re not careful, you might end up spreading the gum around and getting into an even stickier situation.

Instead, use something hydrophobic. WD-40 is a great option if you have it on hand (if not, don’t worry. We have other solutions headed your way).

Do your best to spray a good amount of WD-40 underneath the gum (or at the very least, as close to the carpet fibers as you can get). Use your fingers to rub the WD-40 into the carpet.

After 5 or 10 minutes, use a brush to remove the gum. Repeat if necessary until all of the gum is gone.

Bonus: WD-40 is a sneaky solution to standard carpet stains as well! Keep a can in your cleaning cabinet just in case.

Use Ice Cubes

If you don’t have any WD-40, you likely have ice. While this method isn’t as effective, it will still work in a pinch.

Put several ice cubes in a plastic bag. Place the bag on top of the gum and wait for at least a minute before removing it. Underneath the bag, the gum should be hard enough to get a good grasp on it.

Gently shift the gum back and forth, holding it by the edges and working toward the center. If you’re careful, you won’t tear out or rip any carpet fibers.

Spray Some Vinegar

You likely have some vinegar in your pantry or cleaning cabinet already. Put it to good use!

Warm-up a quarter cup of vinegar in the microwave or on the stove. Wet a clean cloth or sponge with the vinegar and press it down onto the gum. You can use a knife to start removing the gum (though you should expect it to be sticky).

Hire a Carpet Cleaning Professional

If none of your methods are working, or if you’re too worried about ruining your carpets, hire a pro instead. Getting gum out of a carpet is tough, but professional cleaners can make quick work of it. They’ve seen it all, and they have the right tools for the job.

That’s How to Get Gum Out of a Carpet

Now that you know how to get gum out of a carpet, it’s time to get to work. Keep your carpet intact and get rid of that sticky mess by using one of these tips.

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