Need Gum Gone? Chewing gum removal can be a very sticky business, whether it’s on your concrete, parking lot or the side of a building, chewing gum eventually changes into a dark smudge on your concrete. But before then, pedestrians and customers walking into a store or office will walk on the chewing gum and track it in all over the carpets, rugs and mats. Then it’s embedded deep into the carpet fibers and into the porous surface of concrete or asphalt, just waiting for another person to step in it again, to carry it somewhere else.
We are happy to provide gum removal as one of our commercial pressure washing services in Richmond VA. Find more information about our methods below:
The best methods of removing gum from concrete usually depends on the gum’s age and the level of penetration into the concrete surface. If the gum was left recently and it has not penetrated the surface yet, we might be able to get it off by covering it with ice until it freezes, then scraping it off with a metal putty knife.
The ice forces the chewing gum to freeze into a more forgiving consistency compared to a gooey and stringy glob. Once the chewing gum is frozen, we slide a metal putty knife or scraper directly under the gum residue. Then we move the scraper very slowly under the gum and the whole piece should peel right off the concrete.
The above process is only possible with gum that is brand new.
When we remove chewing gum that has turned black, or is already smashed deep down into the concrete, we use a hot water power washer with the heat dialed up to 200 Degrees to melt the gum. For this type of gum removal, we do not use very high pressure because that could damage the surface of the concrete!
Our crew never uses more pressure than necessary to clean commercial concrete. These types of surfaces can be destroyed a lot easier than people think, especially if they’re only 1-2 years old. Concrete can take up to 100 years to cure. That is why we always use hot water and the least amount of pressure possible for our professional chewing gum removal professional.
To completely remove chewing gum from concrete and other surfaces we use custom designed hot water pressure washing tools and professional-grade soaps that enable us to effectively clean the surface without causing any damages.
Using special 200 degree hot water pressure washers and low pressure, we can safely remove gum and surface dirt while protecting the surface. Our method will also eliminate bacteria and germs that are found in gum on concrete.
By hiring Richmond Pressure Washing for regular maintenance cleaning at your store or office, your commercial property will have better curb appeal and all gum removal problems will be dealt with! You will also ensure less damage to carpets and flooring while making your storefront much more inviting to clientele.
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