Is there anything worse than stepping in gooey gum on the sidewalk? It can be difficult to remove it off the bottom of your shoes when that happens. Not only is it irritating to step in gum, but it also looks bad. If you have gum on the sidewalks near your home or in the parking lot of your business, you may be trying to figure out the best way to remove it. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning is here to share some tips to help you remove gum from sidewalks and parking lots.
Fresh Gum Removal from Concrete
If you catch the gum on your sidewalks or parking lots when the gum is fresh, it can be easier to remove. It hasn’t had the chance to completely penetrate the surface in which it is stuck to. If it is a warm day, the gum will be nice and pliable. Your best tool in getting rid of it may be ice. By putting ice directly on the gum, it will harden and freeze. You can then use a metal scraper to work it off the surface of the sidewalk. It should peel up fairly easily.
How to Remove Hardened Chewing Gum from Concrete
Older gum is definitely more difficult to remove from the sidewalk and parking lot. As gum sits on the surface, it will slowly seep into the concrete surface. When you try to use a scraper to remove it, you will find it nearly impossible to completely get rid of it. One of the best ways to get rid of this type of gum is with scouring powder and a wire brush. You may have to put some elbow grease into the process to successfully get rid of the gum. It also may require you to repeat the process of putting scouring powder on the gum and scrubbing with the wire brush before you completely remove it from the surface.
Gum Removal Chemicals
Before you use any chemicals to remove gum from your concrete, you should test the cleaner in a small area that is somewhat hidden. This will help you see if the chemicals will cause any damage to your concrete. If the chemical cleaner is safe, you can use a scraper or wire brush to work the gum off the surface.
Pressure Cleaning & Power Washing Services & More in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove, Griffin, Stockbridge & Social Circle Georgia
When you have several areas that are covered in old gum on your sidewalk to your parking lot, you may need the help of professionals to get the job done. At Big Moose Pressure Cleaning, we have the industrial strength equipment, as well as the training it takes to successfully remove gum that is found on your exterior surfaces. We know how unsightly it can be to have gum stuck to your concrete and asphalt surfaces; so we will do everything in our power to get rid of it. Let us restore your surface with our pressure washing techniques. Call us today!