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How to Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 8, 2023

The easiest way to remove chewing gum from carpet is to first freeze it and then pry it out of the carpet. 

Gum can be frozen solid using either super cold ice or freeze spray.

 

Freeze spray will freeze gum down to -51 degrees Celsius, making the gum extremely brittle and easy pry and chip out of the carpet. 

Gum can also be frozen with super cold ice, made in your home freezer. Ice can generally freeze gum to about -5 to -10 degrees Celsius.

I'll show you how to use both of these methods in this post. 

SKIP TO: 

- Instructions (Freeze Spray)

- Video Instructions (Freeze Spray)

- Instructions (Ice)

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Remove Gum From Carpet With Freeze Spray

The best and most effective way to remove gum from carpet is with freeze spray. 

Freeze spray instantly freezes gum to -51 Degrees Celsius (-60 Degrees Fahrenheit), making it hard as a rock and easy to chip away from the surface of the carpet. 

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1) The freeze spray I'm using is called Super Cold 134. After a spray or two of this, the gum properties will instantly change from soft and sticky to hard and brittle. 

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2) Spray the freeze spray on the surface of the gum for a couple seconds. A refrigerant liquid will coat the gum, which will cause the gum to rapidly freeze.

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3) pry the gum away from the surface of the carpet with a spoon.

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4) The frozen gum will easily break up into pieces and break loose from the carpet fibers.

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5) Remove the broken up pieces of gum away from the surface of the carpet while the gum is still frozen. 

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6) Freeze spray does not leave any residue in the carpet as its contents rapidly expand into a gas and escape to the atmosphere. 

How to Remove Gum From Carpet With Freeze Spray - Video Instructions

Remove Gum From Carpet With Freeze Spray Video Instructions

How to Remove Gum From Carpet With Ice - Photo Instructions

Gum can also be frozen to a solid state using super cold ice.

I recommend making a large block of ice, with a freezer that is set to its absolute coldest temperature setpoint. 

A typical freezer will be able drop to a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius. Though this is not as cold as freeze spray (-51 degrees Celsius), it will still freeze the gum to a solid state.  

Place the ice on top of the gum and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. Make sure that the ice makes direct contact with the maximum surface area of the gum so that maximum conductive heat transfer can be achieved. 

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Remove Gum From Carpet With Ice 

1) Gum can also be removed from carpet by first freezing it with super cold ice. 

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2) Remove the block of ice from the freezer, place it directly on top of the ice, and let it sit for 2 full minutes. 

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3) Use a spoon to lift and pry the gum away from the surface of the carpet. The frozen gum will be somewhat brittle and will chip and break away from the surface of the carpet. 

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4) Collect and discard the pieces of gum while they are still frozen.

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5) The gum should dislodge from the carpet and leave the carpet looking new again. If you struggle to fully freeze the gum with ice, I'd recommend trying the freeze spray method.

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