Household & Real Estate

How to Remove Gum From a Building

Getting gum off a sidewalk is a different job than removing it from a building.

Sticky, gooey gum accumulates on sidewalks from passersby chewing the substance and dropping it. With time, the gooeyness hardens and becomes a piece of cement.

The job of removing gum from a building differs from what you’re used to, though. If a considerable amount of gum clings to the exterior of the building, you might need a different method to remove it.

To learn how to remove gum from a building, keep reading to find the guide.


Scraping the Area With a Putty Knife

Scraping with a putty knife is one of the best ways to remove gum from concrete. Start by putting on protective gloves as gum may contain bacteria or other germs. With the putty knife, gently scrape away any excess or visible gum from the surfaces of the building. It is important to be careful not to scratch the surface of the building and to take special care when working near areas with delicate paint or finishes.

If a putty knife does not completely remove gum on its own, the area can be lightly sprayed with a solvent and the putty knife can be used to scrape away any remaining gum.

Building Heat to Soften the Gum

In order to remove gum from a building, the use of building heat can be effective in softening the gum. The heat should be applied directly to the gum through either a hair dryer or a heat gun. It is important to make sure that the building heat isn’t too extreme and that the heat gun is on a low heat setting to avoid damaging the building surface.

Once the gum has been softened, this should be enough to remove the gum from the building surface. If more gum remains, then additional heating and scraping may be necessary. It is also recommended that a soft cloth be used to wipe away any remaining residue of gum and to properly clean the surface.

Schedule Pressure Cleaning

Commercial building cleaning and removing gum can be a tricky and tedious task. With that being said, it is important to hire a professional pressure cleaner to do the job. A professional pressure cleaner will have the tools and experience necessary to safely and efficiently remove the gum from your building. They will likely use a combination of power washing and chemical treatments to remove the gum.

Additionally, they will likely use a detergent to clean the area and remove any bacteria or dirt that has been left behind. The pressure cleaner may also be able to seal the cleaned surfaces to keep the gum from returning. Following the pressure cleaning, you may need to hire a professional painter to paint over the area and restore the building’s original look.

Hiring a professional to clean a commercial building can be expensive, but it is definitely worth it. Check out pressure washing services found here to ensure the gum is removed safely and correctly from the building.

Know the Techniques to Remove Gum

In conclusion, knowing how to remove gum from a building can save time and money. A combination of thermographic cameras and chemical gels can often be the most effective method. However, it is also important to be aware of the potential hazards. If you feel like you’re in over your head, contact a professional to help.

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