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How do you remove chewing gum from carpet?

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Remove chewing gum from carpet by placing an ice cube in a resealable bag, holding the ice on the gum to freeze it and then gently scraping the gum from the carpet with a butter knife. Remove any remaining gum bits with an all-purpose solvent gel.

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  1. Place an ice cube in a resealable bag

    Put one ice cube in a resealable sandwich bag, and seal the bag tightly. This keeps water off the carpet.

  2. Freeze the gum with the ice cube

    Hold the ice cube in the bag on the gum for 5 minutes or until the chewing gum is frozen hard.

  3. Scrape the gum off the carpet

    As soon as the gum is frozen, take a butter knife, and gently scrape the gum away from the carpet fibers. Discard the gum.

  4. Spray the area with a gel solvent

    Saturate the area where the gum was located with a gentle gel solvent.

  5. Rub the area with a towel

    Rub the carpet with a soft towel to remove any remaining bits of gum.

  6. Wash up the solvent

    Wet another soft cloth with soapy water, and wring it out well. Rub the carpet to remove the applied solvent.

  7. Dry thoroughly

    Press on the carpet with a clean, dry towel to remove the moisture. Repeat until the area is mostly dry.

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