Chewing gum is good for the teeth. That is what some dental experts say. But whether it is good for the teeth or not, it is definitely not good for carpet. And considering the gooey mess that chewing gum can create, carpet can be seen as a goner.
It is for this reason that carpet cleaning comes into the picture. Cleaning up gum is usually a protracted and backbreaking affair. And just the visual of seeing gum stuck in carpet and knowing you will have to clean it is something no one wants to experience. But still, the job has to be done.
Efficient and effective carpet cleaning requires creating a plan and then putting it into action. Here are a few plans for removing gum from your carpet.
One way to remove gum stains is using peanut butter. Spread peanut butter on the area to "grease up" the gum and then gently scrape off by using a scraping tool like a butter knife or something similar. The only disadvantage of using peanut butter would be that you could be left with the lingering smell of peanut butter. This may require you to use some deodorizer or possibly to hire a professional help to ward off the peanut butter smell.
Another method, which may be better than the first option, would be to use ice. You can place it either directly over the stained area or in a Ziploc bag and then over the spot. This will cause the gum to harden, thus making it easier to scrape off.
Yet another way would be to use either vinegar or wood oil to once again "lube up" the gum-covered area. This would again mean that a smell could linger and cause need for another set of products to ward off these scents.
However, there is one other method that could ensure a good carpet cleaning. Hire a professional carpet cleaning expert to oversee the removal of the gum stains. It would perhaps be a more expensive process than the previous ones mentioned, but will be a far surer one. The professional would know what would be the best way to tackle the cleaning process and take the appropriate measures. This would result in a satisfied client and peace of mind. The only thing left to worry about would be whether or not gum would once again find its way back onto your carpet.