Stain Removal for Chewing Gum on Carpets and Upholstery
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- An Ice Pack or Package of Frozen Vegetables
- Credit Card or Putty Knife Carpet and/or Upholstery Cleaner
- Cuticle Scissors
- Soft Brush (for upholstery)/ Carpet Brush (for carpets)
- Clean White Cloth
Stain removal for chewing gum when it comes to carpets and upholstery can often be more challenging than for clothing and other fabrics. Removing the chewing gum without damaging the surface can be difficult on textured surfaces like upholstery and carpets, and getting any oil or dye stains out without removing color from the surface can also present problems.
The key to getting the chewing gum out without destroying your carpets and upholstery is to make the gum easy to remove. That means eliminating as much of the sticky, icky qualities that make chewing gum chewy as possible.
- Apply the ice pack or frozen vegetables to the chewing gum.
- Check it periodically to determine whether the gum has hardened.
- On upholstery, use a credit card or putty knife to scrape the hardened gum off the fabric's surface.
- For carpets, use cuticle scissors to cut away the gum, cutting the carpet as little as possible. Use the carpet and/or upholstery cleaner as directed on the label to remove any dye, residue or oil left behind after the chewing gum is removed.
- Work the carpet/upholstery cleaner into the carpet or upholstery with the appropriate brush.
- Wipe with the clean white cloth.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is removed.
Stain removal for chewing gum isn't instant, but using the right tools and cleaners, you can rescue your washable fabrics, carpets and upholstery from a piece of gum gone rogue.