Got chewing gum stuck in your carpet? Well have no fear Horseradish and a blow-dryer will get that gum out in a few minutes. Those who have kids are most likely to get gum or sticky chewy candy stuck in their carpet, but don’t panic this can come out. Most of the time when we think gum stuck in the carpet or gum stuck in the hair the easiest solution is Peanut butter or ice-cubes, but in this case it’s not necessarily true. Yes, by using an ice-cube it will freeze up the gum and make it hard so you can pull it out, but sometimes it will still leave a gum residue deep down into the grains of the carpet, which can damage the fibers.
It was one of those days the other day kids spilled hot chocolate on the carpet and smashed gum into my carpet without telling me. So when I took a look at the gum in the carpet I knew it had to be there for at least a day or so if not longer. I decided to think about what to use to take the hot chocolate out of the carpet first since that was fresh. Hot chocolate is like trying to get coffee out of your carpet it stains very quickly and soaks deep down into the fibers of the carpet. I then proceeded to call my mom and ask her “What can I use to take out the chocolate stain out of my carpet?” She replied “2 egg yolks should get that out” I thought well eggs have many uses so why not give this a shot it cant be that bad? So if you have any chocolate stains, hot cocoa stains, or coffee stains in your carpet use the egg yolk method, which I am going to tell you about right now.
First step- Grab a paper towel and blot the excess hot chocolate. Make sure you don’t rub real hard. Try to basically pat the paper towel on top of the spill.
Second step- Take two egg yolks and mix/beat them up well. Make sure the egg yolks are completely smashed almost like being puréed.
Third step- Now take a half cup to a cup of warm water and place it into a bowl.
Fourth step- Use a hand towel and dip it into the pureed yolk. Place the towel with the yolk onto the hot chocolate stain/other stain as mentioned above. Pat the yolk gently on the stain in the carpet let it sit for five minutes.
Last step- After the five minutes dip the hand towel into the warm water place onto the stain in the carpet. Make sure you saturate the stain. Rub gently for two minutes then allow it to dry. After it dries the stain should be completely gone.
Now let’s talk about the chewing gum in your carpet. Do not try to cut the gum out it will damage the fibers and make your carpet look hideous. Grab a blow-dryer and place it on medium heat. Now place the heat a few inches away from the gum in your carpet. The heat from the blow dryer will soften up the gum and make it easier for you to remove. Once the gum is heated place a piece of plastic saran wrap on top of the gum and pick it up. By this time almost all the gum should be up except for the gum residue. The reason why you use plastic is, because the gum will stick to plastic.
So what do you do with the extra gum residue in your carpet? Easy place a tablespoon of Horseradish onto the carpet let it sit for about 3 minutes. Then blot it up with a warm rag. The gum should be completely gone without any damage done to the carpet.