Gum on carpet a sticky situation

My toddler got gum on the carpeting in my living room. What is the best way to remove it?

A: The first step is to put a piece of ice in a plastic bag on the gum until it has hardened. Then gently scrape off as much of the gum as possible with the dull edge of a knife.

To remove the remaining stain, use dry-cleaning solvent, found in most grocery stores; be sure to follow the package directions exactly.

Q: I spilled a mixture of bleach and disinfectant on my carpet. How can I restore the color?

A: Chlorine bleach removes color permanently. Unfortunately, short of dyeing the spot professionally, there isn’t anything you can do. to restore the color. You might use a carpet scrap of carpet to patch the area.

Q: Rubber-backed carpet was glued to my bathroom floor. How do I dissolve the adhesive and clean the tile?

A: Use De-Solv-It or mineral spirits to remove the adhesive. Open a window and run a fan to ventilate the area. Then scrub tile with a solution of 1 cup mild detergent, 1/4 cup trisodum phosphate and 3 ounces household ammonia to 1 gallon water. Rinse with warm water and dry.

Q: I can’t get rid of depressions in the carpet left after moving furniture. I’ve tried vacuuming. What else can I do?

A: Brush the area with your fingertips so the mashed tufts stand up. Hold a steam iron 2 or 3 inches above the carpet and allow the steam to flow into the depression. Do not let the iron touch the carpet. After steaming, brush gently.

How can I remove pet stains from carpeting? If they can’t be removed, how can I replace areas of carpeting and be assured of matching colors in dye lots?

To remove pet stains: Apply a detergent solution ( 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent per pint of water) and blot. Then use an ammonia solution (1 tablespoon per cup of water) and blot. Follow with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water (test on an inconspicuous place first since vinegar can remove some dyes). Blot, flush with water, and blot again. If the urine has soaked into the pad, nothing will remove the smell. You will need to go to Plan B – replacing the carpet, please, visit Viking Carpet One . If you are replacing small areas, carpeting in closets can be used for patches. If the areas are large, only the manufacturer can help with matching dye lots. Call in the professionals.

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