Quick Tip #4: How to Get Chewing Gum Out of Carpet Fibers

Quick Tip #4: How to Get Chewing Gum Out of Carpet Fibers

Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 21, 2010

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Gum in carpet is a tricky one. Many people use things like peanut butter or olive oil to get it out of your hair, but when it comes to your flooring, removing the stains those things can leave behind can be worse than the gum itself — enter VODKA. Start by trimming away excess gum with a pair of scissors (using your fingers to pull on it will push it further into the fibers). Next, pour a little vodka over the remaining gum. It actually begins to dissolve it, thus releasing its grip on the fibers of the rug. When used in combination with a soft cloth, it should pull free from your floor and leave things spot free.


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