October 24, 2008, Newsletter Issue #138: Get Chewing Gum Off Your Floor Mats

Tip of the Week

If you have children you have probably experienced the chewing gum scenario, and it's not easy to remove chewing gum! Before you break out the peanut butter and baking soda, take in some of these tips for cleaning your floor mats:

Never use bleach, or anything with bleach, when cleaning your floormats.You will need a solvent, such as paint thinner, rubber gloves, a small cloth or rag, eye protection and a pair of tweezers (for the small stuff your fingers cannot get to).
Leave all the vehicles doors open for ventilation.For rubber floor mats, pick away the largest part of the chewing gum. Wet the cloth with the solvent and rub lightly until gone.
For carpeted floor mats, use the same technique as the rubber mats but re-wet the cloth a few times and rub the gum out of the carpet.
If there is anything left, use the tweezers to remove the rest. You will see small amounts of carpet fibers being removed with the gum, but not enough to cause any damage.
Dry the floor mat and you are done.

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