Carpets withstand a lot of wear and tear and you have to be familiar with the most effective solutions for cleaning stains and unpleasant smells. However, there are some cases when the mixture of baking soda and vinegar doesn’t help. If you have the challenging mission of removing chewing gum from the carpet, you’d better save yourself the time and effort of making baking soda mixture. Rather, use the following tips.
Prepare the appropriate tools – the first thing you have to do is scrape excess gum or adhesives from the carpet. To do that, you will have to use a plastic or metal spatula. You can also find specialised tools in home improvement stores. They have sharp ends and they’re specifically designed for helping you with difficult jobs such as gum or adhesive removal.
Ice cube technique – put an ice cube on the affected place, so that the gum hardens. After that, scrape it off with a blunt knife or a spatula. In point of fact, there are special sprays on the market that do the same job. You use a minor amount of the solution on the carpet and the spray freezes the gum/adhesive allowing you to scrape it without a problem.
Heat versus gums and adhesives – you can also try the opposite scenario – ease the gum or the adhesive stain and clean it from the carpet. Still, there’s a small detail you should be aware of. This process works best with professional carpet cleaning tools. The gum/adhesive is softened by the heat and subsequently the machine lifts most of it. If there is a small spot to treat, place a cloth on the affected area, heat it with an iron and hope the gum/adhesive is absorbed into the cloth. Or, you can simply stick to the ice cube process. Even if it doesn’t lead to the desired outcome, at least you’ll not damage your carpet.
Use solvents in reasonable amounts – solvents can do a very good job for sure. The gel solvents are said to be most efficient in dissolving residue, while dry ones are believed to work much quicker than the wet ones. Regardless of the type of solvent you use, ensure you do not apply too much. Also, let it take effect for at least 5 minutes, and wash with hot water where you have dissolved some mild dishwashing detergent.
Even if you succeed in removing most of the gum/adhesive, you can’t thoroughly remove the residue. To remedy the problem, you can either buy expensive cleaning products of doubtful quality or simply rearrange the next carpet cleaning visit and let specialists restore the condition of your carpet. Steam cleaning machines can thoroughly remove gum and adhesive residue provided that you do not leave the surfaces untreated for a long time. When you ignore the carpets, you’ll most probably have no choice but to accept the “gum problem” and consider thoughtful ways to hide it.
Don’t forget to get your carpets properly cleaned at least twice every year! If you would like to learn more Carpet Cleaning tips, please call 020 8626 7977 or click here: http://www.london-carpet-cleaners.co.uk/carpet-cleaning-service-london/
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