4 Simple Yet Effective Steps to Remove Sticky Substances From Wooden Flooring
Wooden flooring has become the latest buzz word among the homeowners and the home designers and developers all over the world. It is becoming increasing popular and has become the hottest flooring option for large number of people, as it lends elegance and beauty to the room and enhances the overall decor of the house.
Wooden flooring looks amazing but requires special care and attention when compared to other regular flooring. This is all the more true when sticky substances like chewing gum get stuck on the wooden flooring and cannot be removed by normal cleaning methods. Removing chewing gum and other sticky substance from flooring is a tricky affair and requires special technique. Resorting to impulsive method of applying too much force or using chemicals cleaners may damage the flooring further.
Sticky substances like gum are very hard and difficult to remove, but there is a way to remove and get rid of it by following these four simple Steps.
Step 1: First, using your fingers try to remove as much chewing gum as possible from the floor. Collect small pieces of ice cubes from the fridge and put it into the plastic bag. Then keep plastic bag containing the ice cubes over the top of the gum. You will observe that the gum start hardening. Do not try to remove the gum immediately. Hardening process normally takes about 20 to 25 minutes.
Step 2: Then place plastic scale or small wooden paddle under one edge of the gum and gradually poke from below. Without applying much pressure start removing as much gum as possible from the wood. Ensure that you do this without scrapping the surface of the wood.
Step 3: Then take a clean piece of scrap cloth. Rinse a small portion of the cloth in mineral spirit and gently apply it to the remaining portion of the gum still sticking to the wood. The spirit works effectively on the gum as it dissolves the gum which eventually loses it’s grip on the wood. Allow the mineral spirit to remain on the wood for 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 4: Wipe the gum and mineral spirit from the wood with dry clean cloth. Spray wood polish onto the affected portion of the wood. Use smooth or lint-free cloth to wipe the surface. You will be amazed to see the stunning difference!