Solutions to remove gum from carpet

Chewing gum and carpets tend to bond well, but there are several solutions to remove the sticky substance from your carpet.

Ice cube method

If you are going to treat a small area, a single ice cube would be enough. But if the affected area is a bit larger, you can fill a plastic bag with ice and apply it onto the spot.

Let the ice act for a few minutes. Freezing will make the gum hard and stiff.

Gently pull the gum off the carpet. You can also use a spoon or a dull knife to scrape it away.

Hair dryer method

This is the opposite of the freezing method. Use the hair dryer to heat the gum to make it pliable.

Use a plastic bag or gloves to gently pull the softened gum off the carpet.

Method to remove the remaining residue

Once you’ve removed a large portion of the gum, you are ready to tackle the residue left behind.

You could use peanut butter (if the carpet is not light), methyl salicylate or a commercial cleaner. Always test the chosen solution in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it won’t result in discoloration or damage the carpet fibers.

Rub the chosen solution on the spot. The gum will ball up and will enable you to easily remove with a slightly soapy damp rag or with your fingers.

Finally, rinse with warm soapy water. Press on the area with a dry cloth to remove any excess water. Allow the area to dry.


For the freezing method use tap or distilled water as this won’t damage wool fibers.

Warm vinegar is another cleaner that can remove gum. After applying it, allow it to set for awhile to give it time to work. Rinse with clean water.