How to Remove Gum from Carpet

by Karen Bates
(last updated February 2, 2015)

Although you may be careful when chewing gum in a carpeted area, accidents happen. Regardless of how the gum ended up on the floor, the tricky part is removing it once it has been squished into the carpet. Many think of the task of getting gum out of the carpet as difficult, annoying, or even impossible.

Gum stuck in your carpeted flooring is unfortunate, but there are a few ways you can fight back. Some of these methods even use things you already have around your house, meaning you can get the gum out right away instead of making a trip to the store first. Try these ways to rid your carpet of sticky gum forever:

  • Ice. Fill a zip lock baggie with ice cubes. Place the baggie over the gum on the carpet and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. This freezes the gum and makes it easier to remove. After waiting, remove the baggie and break the gum apart with a butter knife to get it out of the carpet. Clean the area with a carpet cleaner if needed.
  • Peanut Butter. This is a strange strategy to use, but it can work. Get as much of the gum out of the carpet as possible first, then apply some peanut butter to what is left. (Just work it completely into the remaining gum.) Now the gum will be less sticky and should be easier to wipe up. Once the gum is out, clean the peanut butter from the carpet with a carpet cleaner or some soapy water.
  • Gum Remover. At the store, you should be able to find a special gum removing cleaner that can make the gum easier to get out of the carpet. You might have to go to a janitorial store to find this, but it can be very effective.
  • Hair Dryer. This idea is great if the gum is stuck in a place close to a power outlet (or if you have an extension cord). Plug in your hair dryer and heat up the gum so that it becomes soft. Be careful not to over-heat or your carpet may be damaged. Once the gum is soft, you should have an easier time lifting it from the carpet. Use a plastic bag over your hand to pull up the gum.
  • Muscle Pain Reliever. An ingredient in muscle pain removers (such as Ben-Gay), called methyl salicylate, can assist you in loosening gum from the carpet. Apply it to the gum, then pull the gum out of the carpet with a plastic bag. Clean the area with soapy water and dry.

With these cleaning ideas, cleaning gum out of the carpet isn't too terrible or time-consuming.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Cleaning the Oven

Although cleaning the baked-on spills in your oven can be a tough job, there are techniques and products that can make ...

Discover More

Buy Wine Online

Many people wish for a convenient way to buy wine. Going online to purchase bottles of wine is one great way to find ...

Discover More

Chocolate Roses

Chocolate roses bring together two of the most popular gift items: chocolate and flowers. For a unique and delicious ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Carpet Cleaning on a Budget

Your carpet gets dirty, and sometimes your budget may just not allow for frequent carpet cleaning. If your finances are ...

Discover More

Carpet Cleaning Service

Sometimes it becomes necessary, for whatever reason, to hire a professional to clean your carpets. When those times come ...

Discover More

Removing Christmas Tree Stains from Carpeting

When you take down your Christmas tree to discover tree stains on your carpeting, the unwelcome finding can add to your ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.