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How to Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet

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You can effectively remove chewing gum from carpet by freezing it and then carefully prying it out. Two excellent methods for freezing gum are using super-cold ice or freeze spray.

Freeze spray can lower the temperature of gum to -51 degrees Celsius, rendering the gum exceptionally brittle, thus facilitating the process of chipping and prying it out of the carpet.

Alternatively, gum can be frozen using super-cold ice, which can be made in your home freezer. This method typically freezes the gum to a temperature of approximately -5 to -10 degrees Celsius.

In this post, I will explain how to use both of these methods.

SKIP TO: 

- Instructions (Freeze Spray)

- Video Instructions (Freeze Spray)

- Instructions (Ice)

How to Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet

Remove Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray (Step-By-Step Guide)

 

The best and most effective way to remove gum from carpet is with freeze spray. 

Freeze spray instantly freezes gum to -51 Degrees Celsius (-60 Degrees Fahrenheit), making it hard as a rock and easy to chip away from the surface of the carpet. 

YOU WILL NEED:

1) Freeze Spray (USA, UK, CAN)

2) Metal Spoon

 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray - Step 1

Step 1 - The freeze spray I am using is called Super Cold 134. After a spray or two of this, the gum properties will instantly change from soft and sticky to hard and brittle. 

 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray - Step 2

Step 2 - Spray the freeze spray on the surface of the gum for a couple seconds. A refrigerant liquid will coat the gum, which will cause the gum to rapidly freeze.

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray - Step 3

Step 3 - pry the gum away from the surface of the carpet with a spoon.

 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray - Step 4

Step 4 - The frozen gum will easily break up into pieces and break loose from the carpet fibers.

 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray - Step 5

Step 5 - Remove the broken up pieces of gum away from the surface of the carpet while the gum is still frozen. 

 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray - Step 6

Step 6 - Freeze spray does not leave any residue in the carpet as its contents rapidly expand into a gas and escape to the atmosphere. 

 

Remove Gum From Carpet Using Ice (Step-By-Step Guide)

 

Gum can also be frozen to a solid state using super cold ice.

I recommend making a large block of ice, with a freezer that is set to its absolute coldest temperature setpoint. 

A typical freezer will be able drop to a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius. Though this is not as cold as freeze spray (-51 degrees Celsius), it will still freeze the gum to a solid state.  

Place the ice on top of the gum and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. Make sure that the ice makes direct contact with the maximum surface area of the gum so that maximum conductive heat transfer can be achieved. 

 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Ice - Step 1

Step 1 - Gum can also be removed from carpet by first freezing it with super cold ice. 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Ice - Step 2

Step 2 - Remove the block of ice from the freezer, place it directly on top of the ice, and let it sit for 2 full minutes. ​

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Ice - Step 3

Step 3 - Use a spoon to lift and pry the gum away from the surface of the carpet. The frozen gum will be somewhat brittle and will chip and break away from the surface of the carpet. 

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Ice - Step 4

Step 4 - Collect and discard the pieces of gum while they are still frozen.​

Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet Using Ice - Step 5

Step 5 - The gum should dislodge from the carpet and leave the carpet looking new again. If you struggle to fully freeze the gum with ice, I'd recommend trying the freeze spray method.

Remove Gum From Carpet Using Freeze Spray Video Instructions

 

This video demonstrates how to remove gum from carpet using freeze spray. The freeze spray method is the method of choice by most professional carpet cleaners. 

 

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