You must have seen gum stuck in all sorts of places if you have children in your home. Getting rid of gum from carpets can be particularly tough; which becomes even more problematic the longer they are allowed to sit on carpets. However, Clean Master Melbourne experts have many techniques which allow quick and easy removal of gum from your carpets.
The gum gets stepped on and eventually thrust deep into fibres when it is allowed to stay on carpets for a long period of time. So it’s wise to get rid of them as soon as you see one stuck in your carpet. But here is a word of caution from our experts: never try to pull them out directly. Gums attach themselves to microscopic fibres in carpet, so removing them directly can cause much more damage than what one started with.
Follow the steps given below to get rid of gum from carpets. These methods are guaranteed to restore your carpet to their pristine condition. We have provided three different techniques, each of which are suitable in different conditions. So Local Carpet Cleaning in Melbourne recommend reading the entire article completely before trying them out.
Below Mentioned Are The Methods That Can Help You Getting Rid of Gum From Carpet.
Method 1: Freeze Out The Gum
- The easiest and quickest method to get rid of gum from carpets is to freeze them.
- Take a small bag of cloth or plastic and fill it with ice cubes.
- Then place this bag of ice on gum and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Pry up the gum using a dull knife or your fingers when the gum is absolutely hard and frozen. Frozen gum is much less sticky. Its brittleness will allow you to remove it from your carpets easily.
- Make sure the gum is absolutely hard and frozen. Otherwise you might end up pulling carpet fibres out instead of just gum.
- If fibres do continue to pry up along with gum then hold them down with your fingers.
- You can also try to break the frozen gum into small pieces and work them one at a time.
- If there is still residue gum left behind, spray some liquid soap on affected areas and wipe the residue with it.
- Don’t use scrubs to take out gum as they can fray fibres in the carpet. You should also avoid applying too much liquid soap or vinegar. Pour only a few drops and then wash it with water.
Method 2: Heat Up The Gum
- Start by putting a clean cloth or a sack of paper over the stuck gum.
- Then, use your hair dryer to heat up the affected area and make the gum softer.
- As it loosens up, the gum will start sticking to the cloth or bag which you have placed on it.
- Be cautious not to use a hair dryer in high settings. This can cause carpet fibres to burn and melt.
- Extreme heat can also create burn marks on your carpets. However, as long as you are careful while you work, this problem is unlikely to occur.
- Repeat the above steps again and again until gum is completely removed from your carpet. You can pull out residue gum directly if it is not attached to the carpet fibres.
- You can also try a variation of this trick by placing a thin towel on gum and heating it with an iron.
- Once again, use liquid soap to remove stubborn residue.
- You can also try to use a combination of heat and cold. Start by freezing the gum and then quickly heating it. Then freeze the gum again and once again melt it with a hair dryer. This will break down the structure of gum and you will be able to pry it up using cloth or paper bag.
Method 3: Using Diluted Chemical Solvents
- If neither freezing nor heating works for you, you can also use diluted chemical solvents to get rid of gum from carpets.
- These solvents are proficient in breaking down the structure of gum, which makes removing them much easier.
- You can easily find gum removing solvents in common departmental store. Read the instruction label carefully to make sure it is suitable for your carpet fabric.
- Apply the recommended amount of chemical solvent on gum and pry it up gently using your fingers or a brush.
- You can also vacuum the gum from carpet if it has not been sitting on it for too long.
- Wash the affected area with water when gum is removed completely. These solvents are made to break down gum, but they can also break down your carpets.
- Flush the portion of carpet with clean water and dry it using a hair dryer when you are done.
- You can also try to remove residue gum using a powerful dry or wet vacuum cleaner.
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