Need Gum Gone? Chewing gum removal can be a very sticky business, whether it’s stuck on your concrete, parking lot or the side of a building, gum eventually transforms into a smudge on your concrete. But before then, visitors and customers walking into a store or office will step on it and get it in all over the carpets and entryway mats. Then it’s embedded deep into the carpet fibers and into the porous surface of concrete, just waiting for another person to step in it again, to track it somewhere else in your building.
We are proud to offer gum removal as one of our commercial pressure washing services in Bethesda MD. Find more information about our process below:
The best methods of removing gum from concrete depends on how long the gum has been there and the level of penetration into the concrete surface. If the gum was left not long ago and it has not penetrated the surface yet, we are sometimes able to remove it by covering it with ice until it freezes, then scraping it off with a metal putty knife.
The ice forces the gum to freeze into a more forgiving consistency compared to a gooey and sticky mess. Once the chewing gum is frozen, we slide a metal putty knife or scraper right under the gum residue. Next we move the scraper very slowly under the gum and the entire piece should peel right off the concrete.
The above process is only possible with brand new gum.
When we remove gum that is already black, or is smashed deep down into the concrete, we use a hot water pressure washer with the heat dialed up to 200 Degrees in order to melt the gum. For this type of gum removal, we won’t use very high pressure because that will sometimes ruin the surface of the concrete!
Our pressure washers never uses more pressure than necessary to clean concrete surfaces. These types of surfaces can be destroyed much easier than most people think, especially if they’re only a couple of years old. Concrete can require up to 100 years to cure. That is why we always use hot water and the least amount of pressure possible for our professional gum removal service.
To remove chewing gum from concrete and other surfaces we use custom designed hot water power washing tools and special soaps that enable us to effectively clean the concrete without resulting in any damages.
Using special 200 degree hot water power washers and low pressure, we are able to safely remove chewing gum and dirt all while protecting the surface. Our service will also destroy bacteria and germs that can be found in gum on concrete.
By hiring Bethesda Pressure Washing for routine maintenance commercial cleaning at your property, your commercial property will have better curb appeal and all gum removal issues will be over! You will also ensure less damage to carpets and other flooring while also making your storefront more inviting to visitors.
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