Getting a gum stain can be a very disheartening sight and it might make it seem impossible to remove. It can be tricky getting these types of stains out, but it is not impossible. If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation like this here are two methods I have for you to try.
This method is called the ice cube method, which requires you to freeze the gum deposit making it easier to remove. Begin by filling a zip-lock lunch bag with ice cubes, press the bag to remove the air inside it, and then place on top of the gum deposit for about 5 to 10 minutes until it gets hard. Next, using a dull knife, spatula, or spoon gently scrape or chip away as much of the gum deposit from the carpet, then vacuum up all the broken pieces. If there is any grease residue left behind mix ½ a cup of ammonia with ½ a cup of water and put in a spray bottle. Remember to always test the solution in an inconspicuous area to avoid any damage to your carpet. Dampen an absorbent pad and cover the affected area with it. Allow it dwelling time of about 5 minutes before changing the pad, keep the affected area and pad moist with solution. Proceed by using a dry-cleaning solvent to flush the gum deposit. If the stain remains reapply the solution of ammonia and water, allow it 5 minutes dwelling time. Lastly, rinse with dry-cleaning solvent and blot dry using a clean white cloth.
For the second method you want to begin by applying a teaspoon of solvent to the gum stain. Use the carpet shark to puncture the gum stain which will allow the solvent to go through the interior of the deposit. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then begin scraping the gum and the solvent residue from the carpet. Lastly, extract rinse area and to prevent any residue from attracting soil use an anti re-soiling agent.
It is very important to know the type of material you are dealing with in order to avoid any damage to your carpet. if you are unsure it is always best to contact a professional.
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