We’ve all done it; grabbed the scissors to remove those sticky spills from the furniture or carpet. Things like candy, gum, soft drinks, and Kool-Aid can leave sticky and stained areas on carpet or furniture upholstery. If you have children in the house, it’s a continual problem. Pieces of goo drop on furniture or carpet, grinding into the fibers before you’re aware the spill happened. This can cause bad smell to develop over time as well.
If you’re lucky, the spill wipes away with a little hard work, but many times, that’s not the case. Covering the stain with a chair or the end of the couch and adding throw pillows to the furniture is an option. But sometimes it’s not a good choice for your space.
Cutting the stain out is a last resort and probably not necessary. Before attacking the stain with a pair of scissors or replacing the couch, read our tips for removing sticky gunk using tools found in your home.
Getting Rid of Gum
Gum is a nightmare stain on upholstery and carpets. It sticks to the fibers, getting ground deep into the pile, making quick action important to removing the sticky mess. This method quickly makes easy work of the offending mass of goo.
- Fill a quart-size plastic bag half full of ice. Lay ice bag directly on the spot of gum and let set 2-3 minutes. The ice hardens the gum for easier removal from carpet or upholstery.
- Use a putty scraper and scrape remaining gum off the fiber.
- Vacuum spot area, removing the loose particles.
- Working in a circle, rub stain with a sponge, dipped in warm water and dish soap.
- Cover the washed gum spot with a dry clean towel and soak up remaining water. Continue patting with a towel until spot area is dry.
Use these steps for removing other sticky messes, like candy, from upholstery and carpeting.
Spray WD40 directly on the stain and let sit 5 minutes. Scrub with a nail brush to remove the stain. Repeat method if needed.
If these stain removal methods don’t work, consider treating with a fabric safe solvent remover made for adhesive, like Goo Gone.