As you’ve probably noticed, chewing gum tends to find its way anywhere you don’t want it to be: walls, floors, windows, doors – even the TV. While these unpleasant messes are often at least partly down to kids forgetting how to dispose of gum correctly, the unfortunate truth is that the stuff is just so sticky that it will attach itself to anything and everything. If you’re struggling with chewing gum removal, or even getting rid of residual chewing gum stains, the answer to your problem may be simpler than you think: here’s what you need to know about removing chewing gum from carpets, other surfaces, and furniture!
How to Remove Chewing Gum from Carpets & Other Non-washable Fabrics
Removing chewing gum from clothing is relatively easy – once you’ve got the gum off, any residual stains can easily be removed in the washing machine using a good detergent. However, for fabrics that you can’t pop in the machine, such as carpets, chewing gum removal can be a bit of a nightmare. There is a knack to removing chewing gum from carpets, however – here’s a simple method you can try.
- Start removing chewing gum from carpets and rugs by hardening the chewing gum. You can do this by pressing an ice cube against the gum for a few minutes. You can put the ice in a resealable plastic bag first, to make it easier. You’ll notice that many removal methods and techniques begin with this tactic – when the gum is hard, it’s much easier to lift off surfaces than when it’s soft and flexible.
- Once the gum has hardened, very gently start to ease it from the carpet. Don’t rush – if you yank and tug you’ll bring some of the carpet’s fibres off with the gum, so just take it slowly.
- To deal with any leftover stains, mix some Persil small & mighty liquid laundry detergent with some warm water, apply it directly on to the stain, and rub gently. Apply a little more water to flush out the soapy suds.
Chewing Gum Removal for Painted Walls
While gum can simply be peeled from walls, if you’re dealing with painted interiors rather than papered walls, there is the risk that the paint will peel off along with the gum. There are two methods you can try to reduce this risk, although it doesn’t hurt to keep a small amount of matching paint handy just in case.
- The first method you can try is to freeze the gum using an ice cube (place it in a resealable plastic bag first, as before) and then gently pick it off, hoping that the paint stays put.
- Another method works by lubricating the gum and thereby lessening the bond between gum and wall. A cleaning product like Cif Bathroom Spray could work as a chewing gum remover, as the acidity can work away at the integrity of the gum. As always, it’s important to check the label on your product to ensure that it is suitable for your surface – and test a small, unnoticeable area of your wall before tackling a larger area to be certain. Wipe a small amount of the cleaner on the gum (without freezing it), and gently try to edge it away from the wall. If any stains remain after the gum has been removed, use a regular pencil eraser to gently scrub them off.