How to Get Gum Out of Carpet the Easy Way

Carpet Cleaner

In some (but not all) cases, you may need nothing more than your favorite carpet-cleaning spray. When dealing with gum, it’s best to use a carpet cleaner that’s formulated to remove difficult stains such as paint.

Spray your solution directly onto the gum, or as recommended by the product’s directions, wait a few minutes, and then use a scraping tool to remove the remains. Make sure to use a blunt scraping tool such as a spatula; you should never use a knife, as this can damage the carpet.

Ice in a Bag 

Chewed gum is sensitive to temperature extremes, which is why two of the three methods on our list pertain to hot and cold temperatures. With this particular method, you’ll want to place several large ice cubes in a sealed sandwich bag and press the bag firmly against the gum stain until it hardens.

After it hardens, use a small scraping tool to remove the gum from the surface of the carpet. Dispose of the gum residue and clean the area with carpet-cleaning solution. Finally, blot the carpet dry with paper towels.

The Hair Dryer Trick 

In keeping with our temperature theme, the next method involves extreme heat. Turn your hair dryer on and adjust it to the highest heat setting. Point it directly at the gum, hovering a few inches away from it, and wait until the hardened residue begins to melt. Then, scrape away the weakened gum using a scraping tool, paper towel, or plastic bag. Clean the area with a carpet-cleaning solution, and then blot it dry.

If at First You Don't Succeed…

If you have a particularly stubborn gum stain, you may need to try a combination of the above methods to get the job done. If all else fails, try using WD-40 as a carpet-cleaning solvent. White vinegar may also do the trick for your worst carpet stains.

Read on to discover how you can use vinegar to your advantage when scrubbing carpet stains.