What's the easiest way to get chewing gum out of the carpet of my vehicle?

My daughter dropped a huge wad of chewing gum in the car and accidentally mashed it into the carpet fibers. She was really apologetic, and we’re going to remove it together, but it’s our first time getting gum out of carpet of any type. What's the easiest way to get the chewing gum out?

Answer
That’s a great way to handle the situation—not only does she learn why it’s important to not lose her gum in the car, but she also learns a valuable life skill, especially considering that a car warranty won’t cover this type of damage. To remove the gum, you can use either a cold method or a hot method.
If you want to use the cold to get rid of gum, here’s what to do:
  • Put a plastic bag full of ice on the affected area
  • Wait about 10 minutes for the gum to harden.
  • Use a light scouring pad and your fingers to pull the gum free.
If you want to use a hot method, here are the steps to take:
  • Use a hair dryer to heat the gum. This will make it stringy and malleable, to the point that you can pick it out with your fingers.
  • Add a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove the rest of the gum.
Although neither comprehensive insurance nor car warranties cover gum damage in your car, the incident shows how random accidents can impact your car. That’s why you might consider adding comprehensive coverage to your car insurance—while it doesn’t cover children with gum, it does cover you for comparable natural disasters!
The easiest way to add comprehensive coverage to your policy is through the Jerry app. We’ll get you personalized quotes from top-of-the-line providers so that all you need to do is choose the plan that works best for you!
Best of luck, and happy cleaning!
Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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