If it hasn’t happened to you yet, just wait!
Sooner or later you will be faced with the challenge of removing chewing gum or some other adhesive residue from your carpet.
Most people are intimidated by this prospect, and eventually they just call a dry cleaning carpet company to deal with the situation. However if you like to do it for yourself, the process of removing gum from your carpet is really very simple.
First of all, the method you choose may depend on the conditions you face. For instance, if the gum has been recently deposited on the carpet, it may be necessary to just freeze it and scrape it off. You can do this by placing a plastic bag with ice over the fresh gum, leaving it there for about 15 minutes until the gum hardens, and then scraping it off with a suitable scraper, like a dull dinner knife or a spatula.
If you have gum that had hardened after residing on your carpet fibers for many days, or if you have the residue of deposits from something like duct tape that had been placed on your carpet to cover electrical wires, for instance, you will need to use some sort of solvent.
There are many household solvents and detergents that have been used successfully to do the job, but unless you are very careful, you may just do more harm to your carpet, and leave residues that will reappear in short shrift.
My recommendation is that … Read More