Don't panic – discover how to get chewing gum out of carpet the easy way
 

While gum is great to chew, it can potentially cause a lot of grief when it gets stuck to a carpet. It's all too easy to accidentally drop a piece of gum or bring some into the house on the sole of a shoe, and once it's stuck to the fibres of a carpet it can be impossible to shift if you're simply pulling it out by hand. The good news is that there are a number of ways to get chewing out of carpets without too much fuss. To start with you need to mark out the area to make people aware of the problem and ensure no one else stands on the gum.

One of the most effective ways to remove gum from a carpet without making a mess is to use an ice cube. Rub the gum until it becomes brittle and once this occurs you should be able to scrape the offending material off the carpet without leaving lots of sticky residue. It's a quick and simple solution and should cause the least damage to your carpet.

If this fails to remove all of the gum, however, turn to an oil-based solution. Apply a teaspoon of peanut butter to the area, or alternatively vegetable or olive oil, and then attempt to remove the gum with either your fingers or a dishcloth. This approach will leave an oily residue on the carpet, however, so you'll need to be ready to apply a stain removal product once the gum is gone.

Remember, if applying stain removal products to your floors it's a good idea to test them on an inconspicuous area of carpet first to make sure they won't cause a bigger problem. With any luck though, simply turning to an ice cube will get the job done in no time.