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3M Gum Remover Ready-to-Use, 8 oz
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|Item Dimensions||2.3 x 2.3 x 6.8 in||3 x 3 x 8 in||8.4 x 10.9 x 7.1 in||8.6 x 11.3 x 7 in|
|Item Weight||0.46 ounces||1 lb||—||0.69 lb|
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Commercial and residential carpets
Most carpet fibers (nylon, polyester, olefin, wool and blends)
Most carpet styles (loop or cut piles)
Safe for use on stain resistant nylon fibers
Upholstery fabrics that can be safely cleaned with water
General Use Directions:
Note: If the gum is heavily embedded with soil on the surface, wet a cloth with a small amount of gum remover and blot the dirt from the gum before applying the liquid. This will avoid the soil spreading into the surrounding carpet.
1. Wet entire surface of gum wad with the gum remover liquid.
2. Allow at least 1 minute for the product to soften the gum.
3. Using a dull spatula, spoon or butter knife start at the outside edges of the gum wad, and use the tool to pull gum towards the center and lift the gum from the carpet.
4. After removing the bulk of the gum wad, apply a second application of gum remover to the remaining stain.
5. After at least 1 minute, use the blunt tool to scrape across the carpet surface to remove the remaining gum.
6. Blot the carpet area with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
Note: Scraping carpeting with a sharp tool can cut and damage the carpeting permanently.
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My 4 year old just ruined his pants with gum while on vacation. I was about to just throw them out when I remembered I had this stuff, so I thought I would try it out. It worked! Holy cow - it even had a chance to "set" for nearly a week in both hot and cold temperatures. This stuff is amazing!
Having had to deal with gum in the carpet in the recent past, I was happy to see if this product worked as well as it claimed. However, I wasn't really eager to just smash gum into the carpet, just in case it didn't work. Except the basement--I have carpet down there that I don't care about, so I asked my kids to chew some gum and then had them spit it on to the carpet in a place that is usually covered up. I had them really mash it down into the fibers and then we let it sit there and get as stuck as possible. After several hours, I came back and tried to clean it up. First, I just used the traditional "pull-it-up" technique. Although this did remove the bulk of the gum, there was plenty that was left. I scraped, I pulled, and I coaxed, but after a short time I decided it was as good as it was going to get and so I took a picture (attached) and then moved on to the gum remover. As directed, I squirted a small amount on and let it sit. I was pleased to note that there was almost no odor. After about a minute, I got a butter knife and gently scraped it from the outside toward the center. At first, it didn't look like it was going to make a difference, but after about 5-10 seconds of this, it came up and was no longer visible. I took another picture (also attached). You can still see where it was, but I think that has a lot more to do with the fact that the carpet I was trying this on was all smashed down (remember, I chose a section of carpet that is normally covered by furniture) and the area where the gum was got fluffed up a bit in the process. I'm convinced that were I to have taken the time to go over it with my Hoover carpet shampooer, that the spot would vanish completely. The picture also shows the carpet as looking a bit damp in that spot, if you look closely. However, the next morning, that was gone, too (sorry, no picture this time).
I'm a believer.
We have plenty of kids running around, some of whom are quite young and so I'm very happy to have this product on hand. If you have young kids, you may consider stocking a bottle, yourself.
I had a smashing success, but I realize there are several factors that may cause your mileage to vary:
1) My experiment only went for several hours. I'm not sure if it loses its effectiveness if you let it sit for days instead.
2) The carpet I used was very low-pile, and not very fluffy, which I'm sure was a good thing in this case. Deeper pile/fluffier carpet may have more issues.
3) My carpet was already fairly light in color, so very minor bleaching would not be as easily visible. I don't think it did anything at all to the color, but someone with very dark carpet would be the most susceptible to this problem, if it exists.