How to Remove Gum from Hardwood Floors
Removing gum from the floors sounds like a daunting task, however it isn’t as bad as you may think. Here are a few steps that can help you to remove it with ease.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Butter knife
- Ice pack or plastic bag with ice cubes
- Wood cleaner
- Sand paper
- Wood filler
Step 1 – Scrape Off Excess Gum
The first thing that you want to do is use the butter knife or a scraper to get any of the excess gum off of the wood. Be careful not to scratch the wood floors while using the knife. Many professionals will use a blade to remove the gum off of wooden floors however unless you feel comfortable doing this you will want to stick with a butter knife or scraper. It may take longer but you will lower your risk of harming the floor.
Step 2 – Ice the Area
Take an ice pack or a plastic baggie full of ice cubes and place it on top of the gum spot. You may want to place a cloth or a paper towel between the baggie and the gum in case it leaks. Leave the bag on it on for about 10 minutes. The reason for this step is that the ice will help to harden the gum, allowing it to be scraped off of the wood floors more easily. Once the gum has hardened you can scrape up on edge of it and then use either your fingers or the knife to peel it back. It should come off easily, if not, reapply the ice for 10 more minutes and then try to peel off the next section.
Step 3 – Clean the Area
Now that you have removed the patch of gum from the wood floors, you will want to clean off any residue that it left. Use a wood cleaner to spray the area and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Then, use a clean rag to wipe down the area.
Step 4 – Fix any Scratches
Sometimes when removing the gum with a knife you may accidentally nick the wood floor. If this happened to you, it can usually be fixed with a few quick steps. First, use a wood filler to fill in any holes that may have formed. You may not have to use the wood filler for smaller scratches. Then, sand down the area so that the scratches have disappeared and the surface is smooth and even. You can often do this with your hand and a piece of sand paper but you can also use a sander if you prefer. Finally, wipe down the area and allow it to dry so that you can stain. You will want to make sure that you paint the stain on with a brush and that it matches the stain that is already on the floors.
Following these steps will allow you to remove the piece of gum from your wood floors and also easily repair any scratches that may occur in the process.