How to Remove Gum from Carpet

COIT’s Guide to Removing Gum Stains from Carpet

There’s nothing quite like discovering a glorious gum stain on your freshly cleaned carpet, is there? With the hustle and bustle of daily life, there’s no telling when a gum stain will cross your path. But when it does, don’t panic! Coit offers this handy guide that will help you remove gum from carpet. 

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How to Get Gum Out of Carpet – Method # 1

Like most stains, when you try to remove gum from carpet, your best bet is to do so as soon as possible. The longer the gum stain sits in your carpet, the harder it may be to remove 

Give this do-it-yourself method a shot the next time you’re wondering how to get gum out of carpet:

  1. Place a few handfuls of ice in a zip lock bag.
  2. Put the bag of ice directly onto the gum stain. This will harden the gum so it’s easier to remove gum from carpet.
  3. Use a scraping tool to fully scrape the gum from the carpet.
  4. Sponge the gum stain directly with cleaning fluid such as 409.
  5. Cover the gum stain with a clean white towel or rag to soak up any remaining liquid and continue patting dry.  

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How to Remove Gum from Carpet – Method # 2

Another approach to answering the question of how to get gum out of carpet is simple. Grab some WD-40, a fingernail brush, and spray detergent or a degreaser. Follow the steps below. 

  1.  Spray a generous amount of WD40 directly onto the gum stain.
  2. After applying the WD40, let the stain sit for a few minutes.
  3. Use the fingernail brush to remove the stain, scrubbing the gum stain in the same direction (choose right to left or left to right – just continue in the same motion you start).
  4. Keep applying WD40, followed by a vigorous scrub with the brush.
  5. Repeat as necessary.
  6. To clean the area, spray the detergent/degreaser directly onto the affected area.
  7. Rinse a clean sponge with warm water and apply the sponge to the carpet.
  8. Gently clean the area until the stain is no longer visible.  

How to Get Gum Out of Carpet– Method # 3

Your hairdryer will actually come in handy for method 3 when you’re wondering how to remove gum from carpet.

  1. As soon as you discover the gum stain, grab your hairdryer and aim it directly onto the gum.
  2. Watch the gum carefully, as you don’t want to melt the carpet fibers.
  3. Once you see that the gum is beginning to melt, use a plastic bag to scrape up the melted gum. Upon contact, the gum should stick to the plastic to help you remove it.
  4. Continue until the stain disappears. 

So the next time you encounter a sticky situation, remember that Coit offers three simple ways to answer the question of how to remove gum from carpet. 


If these at-home methods still leave your carpet feeling sticky, explore Coit Carpet Cleaning services to learn more about professional services. Don't forget to check out our coupons!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. 
These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by the use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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