Removing chewing gum can be tricky. It can stick to your sidewalks, entryways, driveway, and patio. If you don’t get to it in time it will be stepped on and tracked all over your carpet and the entry mats to your home or business. If it’s left there it will turn into a black smudge on your concrete. When it makes it onto the carpet it will be pushed further into the carpet fibers and into the surface of your concrete because concrete is porous. Removing gum from your concrete is necessary to keep it looking clean.
Concrete Sidewalk Gum Removal Equipment & Method
Methods that work the best will all depend on how old the chewing gum is. It will also depend on how deeply the gum has penetrated the concrete. If you find it right away, it probably hasn’t gotten into the concrete too deeply and you’ll be able to ice it until it freezes and then using a metal putty knife to scrape it off. The ice works because it freezes the gum and makes it easier to work with as opposed to a warm stringy mess. The putty knife will slide under the gum easily and should lift the whole piece up. Once the gum had turned black or has been smashed into the concrete you’ll need to use a hot water pressure washer with water heated to 200 degrees. Doing this will melt the gum, but you’ll need to be sure that you don’t use a lot of pressure. Start low and work your way up to prevent damaging the concrete’s surface. Care needs to be taken if you’re using a cleaning solution. Make sure the water doesn’t drain into sensitive garden plants. If this doesn’t work you can use chemicals. Paint stripper and orange peel can be effective in removing chewing gum; just make sure you do not mix these liquids together. Test the solution on a less visible areas of the concrete to determine if it will discolor or damage the surface of the concrete. Work the solution into the gum and use a putty knife to scrape it off. Any stains left behind can be removed with the right chemical applications.
Gum Removal in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove, Griffin, Stockbridge & Social Circle Georgia
Keep an eye on your concrete surfaces and remove chewing gum as soon as you see it. It can take up to 100 years for gum to completely cure so it’s always worth a try to remove any gum on concrete surfaces. Hot water pressure washing and the right cleaning products will make it possible to cleaning the surface of your concrete without causing any damage to remove surface dirt and stains and protect the surface. This method also takes care of bacteria and viruses that are associated with the gum found on concrete. Improve the appearance of your concrete while protecting your carpet and other flooring from gum being tracked inside. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning has experience in removing chewing gum and friendly technicians will have your concrete looking as good as new! Contact us today!