How to remove gum from your carpet


Some people just love chewing gum (see Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka) and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you can keep the gum in your mouth.

When it drops out of your mouth (or even worse… spit it out) and lands on the carpet it becomes our problem.  Have no fear though as gum is one of the easiest things to remove from your carpet.  As professional carpet cleaners, we have access to the industry specific spotters and carpet solutions to make the gum disappear.

You want to try and get it out yourself??  I’d rather you call us but, if you really want to DIY, make sure you have the right tools and take your time.

What you’ll need

  • Solvent cleaner (WD40, Goof off, Goo be gone)
  • Brush
  • Plastic or metal spatula
  • Carpet cleaning solution
  • White towel
  • Gloves

CAUTION: Solvents can damage the backing of your carpet.  Never pour solvents directly on the gum (or any other stain).  And try to avoid getting the solvent on your skin (check the warning labels on the product your using).  Also check your carpets for colorfastness before using any cleaner on them.

Let’s go

  1. Remove as much of the gum as you can before continuing to the next steps.
  2. Put on some gloves (dishwashing gloves or non-latex gloves will do).
  3. Apply a small amount of the solvent to a brush and carefully apply it to the gum.
  4. Let the solvent start dissolving the gum (give it 3-5 minutes).
  5. Carefully use the spatula to lift the gum from the carpet.
  6. Repeat 3-5 until you’ve gotten all of the gum off.
  7. Apply a small amount of carpet cleaning solution (like the free spotter we gave you) to the area and blot it with the white towel.  This should help remove some of the solvent and possibly some coloring left behind by the gum.

That’s it.  It’s pretty easy and will work on even that blackened piece of gum that’s been there for a while.