The quicker you get to it the easier it will be to get gum
out of your carpet. Once it has been stepped on and worked into
the fibers it becomes much more difficult to remove. So act fast,
and if you don't have time at the moment to work on removing
that chewing gum, put a chair or something else over the spot
to prevent it from being stepped on.
When you're ready to remove chewing gum or bubble gum from
carpet, get out your electric hair dryer. Heat the gum up, being
careful not to melt the carpet fibers. Use a piece of plastic
wrap or a plastic bag to lift the softened gum away. Just allow
it to stick to the plastic, then pull it up. This may get most
Next, apply Extra Strength Ben Gay (r), or another muscle
rub containing methyl salicylate. Use plastic again, or a rag
to pull more gum out. Repeat if necessary. Once you completely
remove the chewing gum from the carpet, clean the area with a
mild detergent solution (a few drops of dish soap in a cup of
warm water will work). Rinse with warm water and dry the area.
The following video shows two methods
for removing gum from carpet...
Using Commercial Carpet Stain Removers
Some common carpet stain removers will work to remove chewing
gum from carpet. Goo Gone (r), in particular, works fairly well.
Pull out as much gum as you can, then heat what remains. Apply
Goo Gone (r), using a brush or the edge of the cap to work it
in and break up the gum. Pick it out a piece at a time. Patience
is required. Repeat the process until you remove all the gum.
Be sure to thoroughly rinse the spot afterwards. Use a shop-vac
if you can, or just rinse and blot with a white cotton cloth
repeatedly. It is important not to leave any cleaning solvent
in your carpet for too long, and to extract it completely.
If you cannot remove all of the chewing gum from the carpet
using either of the two methods here, don't worry. A carpet cleaner
with a truck-mount hot water extraction unit (a steam cleaner)
can get it out easily. The heat generated by the machines they
use will soften up even the oldest gum (sometimes with a little
help from Goo Gone or another cleaning solvent), making it possible
to break it up and suck it out.