The shock, the horror, the anguish – is that chewing gum stuck in my carpet? Spotting a piece of gum firmly embedded in your beautiful carpet is the last thing any house-proud person wants to experience.

While your immediate reaction may be to get down to identifying the culprit and scold them accordingly, there’s time for that later!

Right now your attention and focus needs to be on removing that gum from your precious carpet as soon as possible. Don’t worry; we have some top tips to help save the day. However, if you’re concerned about tackling the embedded chewing gum yourself or have already tried to tackle the issue with no success, ensure to enlist the help of expert carpet cleaners to prevent any lasting damage to your carpet and quickly restore its appearance.

To effectively remove chewing gum from carpets, you can try one of two different proven approaches:

Approach One – Freeze The Gum

To apply this method, you’ll need to acquire:

  • Some ice cubes
  • A metal spoon or butter knife
  • Zip lock sandwich bags
  • A clean white cloth
  • A stain remover.

Then closely follow these 4 steps:

  1. Place a couple of ice cubes in your zip lock bag and place the bag of ice on top of the chewing gum. Leave the bag of ice cubes in place for about 5 minutes. In doing so, the ice will effectively harden the chewing gum – that’s a good thing, don’t panic.
  2. Remove the bag of ice cubes and, using your spoon or butter knife, attempt to very carefully scrape off the gum that should now be hardened.
  3. Once the hardened gum has been removed, add some stain remover to your white cloth and cleanse the area.
  4. Continue to blot the area with your white cloth until all traces of the gum are successfully removed. Be careful, blot – don’t scrub!

Approach Two – Dissolve The Gum Using Oils

By using a couple of products that you’re likely to already have in your kitchen press you may be able to successfully dissolve the chewing gum and remove it from your carpet. You’ll need:

  • Olive oil or eucalyptus oil
  • Washing up liquid
  • A clean white cloth
  • A metal spoon or butter knife
  • Gloves

Now with those products to hand, you just need to follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Put on your gloves and apply the oil you have selected to your clean white cloth.
  2. Rub the gum with the cloth, working the oil directly into the carpet fibres to soften the gum. The gum should soften to a level that it can be quite easily released from the carpet.
  3. Take your butter knife/spoon and scrape away the softened gum, cleaning each piece of gum that you remove off of your spoon/knife as you go so you don’t accidentally re-embed it!
  4. Once you have loosened and scraped away as much of the gum as possible, clean the affected area thoroughly with water and washing up liquid and remove all and any traces of the oil that you have used.