So, I did what any girl would do...ignored them! Until I found the Ask Anna blog and followed her oven cleaning tips and realised she knew her stuff! Who better to ask than ask Anna?!
Anyhoo, so I asked her and I'm not surprised that the answer she came back with was
"Thank you for this question! I actually don't have any personal experience with getting gum out of carpet and I wasn't able to find any clear answers online. I did find a couple answers that I like and would try if it were my carpets. I think they will be helpful for you."
So, I followed the link and tried the suggestions. Now I'm telling you so that you need never have crusty old chewing gum on your cream carpet!
"Peanut Butter! If you get gum in your hair, on your clothes, or in your carpet, definitely peanut butter is the way to get it off. The oils in the PB break down the sticky-ness of the gum and make it a snap to remove. Oh, then use regular old carpet cleaner or a 1 part vinegar to 1/2 part soap & water solution (1 cups of vinegar to 1/2 cup of soapy water) to clean the peanut butter residue. Good luck!"
I don't have peanut butter....urm...try lovely lady next door. Nope, she doesn't have any either. In fact she's never even tried peanut butter! Hmm, ok, well we'll move on and I can't tell you if this works or not!
"You can try taking ice cubes and put it on the gum to try and freeze it or at least harden it, then the gum should almost break off the rug. Just keep putting ice on to keep the gum cold and it will harden."
So, I got me a little baggie of ice and laid it on the chewing gum on the carpet. Oh, this would be a good time for a pic....*goes back to the start and adds pics in*
Nothing had happened. I rubbed a bit of laundry liquid onto it to see if that would do anything. (It wasn't mentioned on the tips, I was freestylin' it at that point!)
"I've been told olive oil will remove gum also."
That's it, the sum total of the third method....hopeful much?
Anyway, so I thought in for a penny in for a pound.
|The two opponents squaring up|
However, remember that big oil spill?
Anyway, so the first patch that didn't work with the ice? I oil'd that too.
|A few swipes|
|A few more scrubs|
|Time for un DIY knife!|
Anyway, I'll share this with Anna so she can tell the world of the oil!
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