Ahhh this is a problem that most parent’s with small children can relate to. Chewing gum is a tough one because not only is it sticky and sugary; it’s usually got artificial dyes in it that can be a problem all on their own. No worries, we have a step by step guide to get you out of this sticky situation! 🙂
- To neutralize the stickiness of the gum you need to get it as cold as possible, ice packs are perfect but a sealed plastic bag full of ice cubes will work fine. Make sure whatever you use won’t leak all over the carpet. Apply the ice to the gum, it may take awhile. Ideally you want the gum to be frozen.
- Once the gum is as solid as possible you can begin to chip away at it with a metal spoon, removing bits as you go and placing them in a plastic bag (which will be trash.) Work quickly and carefully, you don’t want to damage the carpet fibers! Try not to touch the gum with your fingers as the heat from your body may cause the gum to soften back up and become sticky. If the gum does get sticky again then apply the ice until it is back to solid.
- When you have removed all of the gum you can possibly remove with this method then you can move on to the next step. Mix a 4 drops of dish soap into 2 cups of warm water and apply that to the area with the gum. After that you’ll need to rinse with clean water and then dry the entire area really well with clean towels.