Get Chewing Gum Off Your Carpet

Q: I just discovered a wad of chewing gum is stuck to my living room carpet! How do I remove it without causing more damage?

A: Grab some ice, put it in a plastic bag (to prevent leaking), and rub the ice on the gum until the gum freezes and hardens. Scrape away the hardened gum with a dull knife. If residue remains, remove it by blotting with a dry-cleaning solvent, such as Carbona. Be sure to test the solvent first, however, in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that it won’t damage the carpet. This procedure also works with upholstery.

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