Removing gum from a fine woolen rug or delicate carpet fibers can be really difficult. One of the easiest ways to remove gum from carpet involves applying ice to the spot. This is the so called “freezing method” for removing chewing gum from carpets.
Follow these simple steps to remove the gum:
- Use a single ice cube or fill a small plastic bag with some ice cubes to prevent leaking. Using tap or distilled water won’t damage wool carpets.
- Rub the ice over the area on the carpet which needs cleaning and leave it in place for several minutes. The chewing gum will become hard and stiff.
- Carefully use your fingers to gently pull the chewing gum off the carpet or scrape away the hardened gum with a dull knife.
- Once a large portion of the gum is removed, you can deal with the residue left behind. Applying some peanut butter to the affected area might work if the carpet is not white or light. Blot or pull gently on the fibers with the soft cloth to remove the gum.
- Clean the area using a gentle detergent solution. Rinse with a mixture of soap or dish detergent with warm water.
- Press on the area with a dry cloth to remove any excess water and allow it to dry.
This procedure also works with upholstery.
Note: Always test the treatment in a hidden area of the carpet before using it in a conspicuous area.