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07/07/2016
Chewing gum can help you relax, clean your teeth, give you nice breath, and may even aid in your digestion. However, if that sugary, colorful, sticky substance reaches your carpeted flooring, you may be left with a bad taste in your mouth. To help you clean it off, read through the post below. 

How to Clean Gum Off Your Carpeted Floors with Tips from the Carpet Cleaning Experts

Get to the Gum Quickly

As with most stains, if you want to do an effective job and not have to work extra hard to get your carpeted floors clean once again, your best bet is to get to it immediately. In this particular case, if the gum is still soft and it hasn't stuck to your carpet's fibers, it may be that you only have to pick it up and throw it out (don't start chewing it again!). If you're extra lucky, it's possible that there wasn't even a spot or stain left behind, which means that your problem was easily solved. Of course, don't step on it as you could make an even bigger mess.

Acquire the Necessary Supplies for the Job

To remove gum from your carpeted floors, you will need a few items: ice cubes, a plastic bag, a spoon, warm water, white vinegar, dishwashing soap, and pieces of dry, clean cloth. However, keep in mind that if the gum you were chewing on has certain oils in it, you will need to use a multi-purpose lubricant (such as WD-40) to eliminate the stain effectively. Be sure to have all of these cleaning items handy so that you can get rid of the gum and its stain promptly.

Freeze It and Scrape It Off

The first step in actually trying to get the gum off your flooring may be a weird one: put a few ice cubes in a plastic bag and work on freezing the gum for a couple of minutes. This will harden the gum and make it easier to lift off. After the gum is frozen, grab a spoon and start scraping it off. Be very careful with this step: if you're too rough, you may end up damaging some of your carpet's fibers. To avoid that, always scrape in the same direction and clean the spoon in between so you don't spread the gum further.

Bring Out the Big Guns

If the previous step is not doing much to help you remove the gum and its leftovers from your flooring, don't panic just yet. As previously mentioned, it may very well be that it has certain oils that will require you to use WD-40 to get it off. To move forward, you will need to apply a little bit of the lubricant directly onto the gum's residue, and then wait so it can act on it. Then, grab the spoon again and gently scrape the gum off (remember to work it in just one direction). If the gum has already dried, scrub it to take it off more easily. Keep in mind that you may have to repeat this step a few times in order to eliminate all of the gum from the flooring.

Clean the Stain Off the Carpet

If, after you've successfully removed the gum, you can see that it has left a stain behind, you will need to make use of a well-known carpet cleaning mixture: white vinegar, dishwashing soap, and warm water. If needed, use a spray bottle to make handling and application of the mixture much simpler. After applying a generous amount of it on the stain and letting it break it down for a few minutes, use a clean piece of cloth to dab the affected area repeatedly to lift as much of the stain as possible. Repeat this step a few times over until you no longer see the spot on the carpeting. When that happens, wash off the residue with cool water. If the gum has really grabbed on and you can't handle it on your own, trust that Denver Cleanpro can remove it without damaging your carpeting. Call 303.903.1261 if you're in need of a professional and natural carpet cleaning.

Let the Carpet Dry Completely

If you've gotten your carpeting spotless once more, work on getting it dry so you don't risk mold developing in your home. To that end, use a piece of cloth to pick up some of the moisture that was used in the cleaning process (if you have the option, vacuum the area to suck up more of the water). It's also recommended that you ventilate the room to accelerate the drying process (you can turn on fans, and open the windows and doors in the room).

For Professional and Natural Carpet Cleaning in Centennial

Know that Cleanpro in Centennial works with a unique carpet cleaning system that can guarantee the best results in a safe and green way. Call 303.903.1261 if you require professional and natural carpet cleaning in Centennial.

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