Many people enjoy chewing gum. Unfortunately, gum usually ends up in places it’s not supposed to, which can reflect poorly on your hotel if not treated properly.
Gum can be one of the more difficult routine cleaning tasks - due to its sticky nature. So how do you quickly eliminate gum when it's so hard to get rid of?
Gum Removal Steps
Act quickly! Staining is influenced by many factors; and no carpet, upholstery or fabric surface is completely stain proof.
Always read the instructions on any cleaning product and test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure no damage to the fabric, dye or fibers.
Step 1: Scrape excess gum. Start by taking a scraper and removing all excess gum. Be careful not to spread the gum deeper into the carpet. Also, it's especially important to be careful and not damage the fibers with excessive rubbing or scraping.
Step 2: Poke holes in the remaining gum. Do this to allow for the gum remover to absorb into the gum.
Step 3: Apply gum remover. Let sit for 2 minutes to absorb. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.
Step 4: Extract with hot water. You can also remove with a warm damp cloth.
Step 5: Saturate area with detergent. When you no longer see any material (after Step 4), apply detergent to the area.
Step 6: Agitate and flush. Agitate the detergent into the carpet with a bone scraper and then flush it with water.
Step 7: Extract or blot dry. And the gum or adhesive will be completely removed with your carpet as good as new.
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