Sometimes, chewing gum inevitably gets on the carpet. How do I get it back off?

I've tried using ice to harden the gum, and lifting it off, but it didn't freeze down far enough.

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It depends a bit on the type of carpet you have, but for 'non-fluffy' carpets I can recommend using ice-spray to freeze the gum. It gets porous and you can vacuum it off easily. I have not tested this on long fibre carpets.

You should be able to get the spray at an apothecary or the right convenience store

  • Alternatively, you can take the computer compressed air, invert the can, and spray that. Same effect.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Dec 10, 2014 at 0:09

Use a blow drier to start softening the gum. Use a scoop to scoop up the gum. If the gub is stubborn, keep on heating it. Eventually it will be removed.


You could scrub it hard with a combination of water and soap or bleach with an old toothbrush. Maybe the bleach will affect the colors of the carpet, so this might not work in your case.

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    Scrubbing hard, irrespective of whether you use soap, bleach or anything else, will wreck your carpet.
    – Chenmunka
    May 2, 2018 at 18:09
  • Thanks, I didn't know that any scrubbing will ruin it. May 3, 2018 at 1:24

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