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Springtime gum and adhesive removal tips

May 6, 2013

CHICAGO — Spring is here, and that means many residential and commercial facilities will want their carpets cleaned; it also means that gum, adhesives and similar soiling that found their way onto carpets now need to come out, according to a press release.

However, removing this type of soiling can be a challenge, because even when it appears that gum or adhesives have been removed, they sometimes reappear a few days later due to some of the sticky residue remaining in the carpet, the release stated.

According to the release, Doug Berjer, marketing manager for CFR Corporation, offers the following suggestions for removing gum and adhesive residue from carpets:

Gum and adhesive removal tip #1: Scrape. Scrape off as much of the gum/adhesive as possible. Freezing the gum and "chipping" it off is also an option.

Gum and adhesive removal tip #2: Heat. After scraping the matter from the carpet, a sticky residue usually remains. Often this can be removed with hot water carpet extraction or steam vapor applied over an absorbent towel (the residue transfers to the towel).

Gum and adhesive removal tip #3: Chemicals. Either a non-volatile dry solvent, a volatile dry solvent or a gel solvent can be used to remove any remaining residue. Allow for dwell time, and then agitate the area using a scraper. This works the solvent into the residue. Rinse with hot water and detergent.

Gum and adhesive removal tip #4: Other. Other options include placing a paper towel directly on the adhesive. Then place a clean cloth over the paper towel and iron over it until all the adhesive is lifted onto the paper towel.

"While these steps can do the job, cleaning professionals should know there may be one more step. In many cases, the whole process has to be repeated to ensure that all the residue has been removed from carpet fibers," said Berjer.

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