The experts at the International Chewing Gum Association (yep, it’s a real thing) recommend the following steps to remove the sticky stuff from your living room rug.
1. First, try using the ice method to remove any excess gum off your carpet.
2. Then heat the remaining gum on your carpet with a blow dryer for one to two minutes. This will help the gum return to its sticky state.
3. Using a plastic sandwich bag, remove as much gum as possible (the now pliable texture of the gum means it should stick to the bag). You may have to apply more heat if the gum hardens.
4. Continue to use the plastic bags to remove the gum.
According to the gum pros, this process should lift 80 percent of the gum from your rug. They then recommend using a “deep heating rub” to remove the rest. We reached out the organization to see exactly what kind of product they’re talking about but have yet to hear back. Some home experts recommend using WD40 on the gum or a carpet cleaning solution, but we suggest trying the vinegar method mentioned above. Good luck! (And maybe don’t buy your kids any more Bubblelicious for a while.)